Dahmen, Garrett Awarded ACC Postgraduate Scholarships
Valerie Dahmen
Feb. 11, 2016 By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@DemonDeacons)

GREENSBORO, N.C. –
Valerie Dahmen of the Wake Forest field hockey team and Kent Garrett of the Wake Forest men’s cross country and track and field teams were among 52 student-athletes honored as ACC Postgraduate Scholarship recipients, announced Wednesday by ACC Commissioner John Swofford.

The student-athletes will be honored at the annual Cone Health ACC Postgraduate Luncheon hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club and presented by ESPN on April 13 at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel Imperial Ballroom in Greensboro.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $5,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.

Dahmen was an NFHCA All-America Third Team and All-South Region First Team goalkeeper as a senior. Hailing from Duisburg, Germany, she fished her career with a 39-20 record, a 1.76 goals against average and a .710 save percentage in 4305:07 total minutes. Her 5.42 saves per game mark as a senior slotted her second in the conference and her .759 save percentage was a career best.

A politics and international affairs major, Dahmen backstopped the Deacons to their first ACC Championship since 2006 as a junior. The Deacs’ captain was a two-time All-ACC Academic Team honoree, made the ACC Honor Roll twice and was on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for four semesters. She also has done work for Santa's Helpers, Eat with the Deacs, Wake n' Shake, Habitat for Humanity, the Wake Forest Open, Weed Whackers, and has coached youth field hockey clinics.

Garrett has been one of Wake Forest’s top distance runners over the past four years. Garrett raced in the ACC Cross Country Championships four times and was a three-time NCAA Southeast Regional qualifier. He was in the scoring five for the Deacons in three conference meets and three regional meets and paced the team at the 2014 ACC Championships with an 8k time of 24:42.

A two-time All-ACC Academic Cross Country Team member, Garrett has been on the ACC Honor Roll three times and has been on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for six semesters. Additionally, the Noblesville, Ind. native was in the top 10 percent of his Summer Management Program and has done work for Wake Forest Pro Humanitate Day, the Wake Forest Open, the JDRF Walk for Type One Diabetes and DashPop,

The Weaver-James-Corrigan Award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James, as well as Gene Corrigan, the first three ACC commissioners. Weaver served the conference from 1954-70 after a stint as the Director of Athletics at Wake Forest.
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