Student a Semi-Finalist for National Athletic Award

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Rachel Storz '13, a tennis player at Agnes Scott College, was selected as one of 20 national semi-finalists for the 9th Annual Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, an award given for the most outstanding role model among athletes. Five finalists were also selected and will be honored at an awards dinner in Atlanta on April 25.

Rachel StolzOn the courts, Storz has won numerous athletic awards. She was named Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) Player of the Year for three consecutive years. She has also been named to the All-Conference team at No. 1 Singles three years in a row, All-Conference No. 1 Doubles two years in a row and All-Academic two years in a row. In addition, she has won the athletic department's most prestigious award, Sportswoman of the Year, two consecutive years and was awarded Rookie of the Year her first year.

Off the tennis court, Storz, a double major in neuroscience and religious studies, is involved with various organizations and service projects on campus and in the community. Most recently, she was inducted into the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society. She also serves as one of the founding members and treasurer of the Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK) Religious Studies Honor Society.

As a member of the college's Mortar Board, Storz is involved in many community service projects throughout the year including organizing and running Black Cat, the college's homecoming week. The club also organizes other community service projects such as book drives.

Last spring, she was one of two students selected for the Agnes Scott Departmental Award for Excellence in Religious Studies. The most prestigious award that Storz has received is the Marvin B. Perry Presidential Scholarship. This scholarship given by Agnes Scott is the highest and most prestigious award offered. Students chosen to be Presidential Scholars excel in academics, leadership, character and personal achievement.

As part of her course of study in the biology department, Storz co-authored a paper published in the journal Behavioural Brain Research. The paper is titled "Planum temporal asymmetries correlate with corpus callosum axon fiber density in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)."

Founded by Athletes for a Better World (ABW), a non-profit organization committed to changing the culture of American sports, the Wooden Cup is unique in that it is open to athletes in all collegiate and professional sports. Nominations are open to every division and conference in college sports.
 Matt Barkley, University of Southern California, Football
 Shayla Bivins, Georgia Tech, Basketball
 Michael Clay, University of Oregon, Football
 Akeem Davis, University of Memphis, Football
 Emily Dayton, University of Dallas, Soccer
 Dimonde Hale, Dennison University, Basketball
 Dave Harding, Duke University, Football
 Samantha Hodge, Western Carolina University,  Soccer
 Tanya Joseph, Wayne State University, Tennis
 Tracy King, North Carolina A&T University, Basketball
 Collin Klein, Kansas State University, Football
 Jordan Kovacs, University of Michigan, Football
 Megan Moir, University of Kentucky, Golf
 Malach Radigan, Lindenwood University, Football
 Megan Rhodes, Radford University, Soccer
 Matt Rowley, Bethel College, Baseball
 Rachel Storz, Agnes Scott College, Tennis
 Kassandra Vegas, Northern Arizona University, Track and Field
 Dalaine Whitlock, Concordia University, Soccer
 Alyssa Zupon, Yale University, Ice Hockey
 Brigetta Barrett, University of Arizona, Track and Field
 Nathanael Franks, University of Arkansas, Track and Field
 Meghan Lyons, University of North Carolina, Field Hockey
 Andrea Mingo, Purdue University, Basketball
 Eric Soza, University of Texas at San Antonio, Football

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.