Four Deacs Earn ACC Postgraduate Scholarships
Feb. 22, 2017

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four Demon Deacons have been selected as 2017 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Award recipients, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday, Feb. 22. Jacori Hayes of men’s soccer, Ryan Janvion of football and Kimmy Guerin and Luisa Fernandez of women’s tennis all received the honor.

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

Hayes was one of nine student-athletes awarded the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award given to student-athletes who are pursuing a professional career in their chosen sport. Hayes was selected by FC Dallas in the MLS SuperDraft earlier this year.

A two-year team captain, Hayes capped off his collegiate career by being named the ACC Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a Senior CLASS Award winner. Hayes was a first team All-American and Scholar All-American by the NSCAA as he led the Demon Deacons with eight goals and 19 points. A physics major, Hayes was active in the Winston-Salem community and regularly participated in Help Our People Eat (H.O.P.E.), Habitat for Humanity, Discovering Education through Student Knowledge (D.E.S.K.) and leading soccer clinics for area children.

A three-year captain and four-year starter, Janvion graduated in December 2016 after capping his athletics career with a Military Bowl victory and a finalist spot for the William Campbell Trophy. Janvion is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and led the team in tackles in 2013 and 2014. He amassed 322 career tackles and finished 10th in school history. Off the field, Janvion native was a four-year member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council. He plays the saxophone for the Athletes-in-Action Worship Team, serves as a board member for the Santa’s Helper initiative and was featured in a public service announcement for the United Way.

Guerin, a women’s tennis team captain, opened the season ranked No. 33 in the ITA Singles rankings, the highest ranked Deacon since 2011. Last season, she was the first Deac since 2011 to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship. Guerin is a two-time All-ACC Academic Team honoree and a 2016 All-ACC Second Team and 2015 All-ACC Third Team member. The psychology major has received Player of the Week nods twice, a feat that had not been accomplished by a Deacon since 2004. Guerin has spent time working with Project Pumpkin, Hit the Bricks, Help Our People Eat (H.O.P.E.) and the JDRF Walk for Diabetes.

A 2016 ITA Carolina Region Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winner and women’s tennis senior captain, Fernandez has claimed combined 154-109 record on the court. The five-star recruit had 51 combined victories as a junior, the most by anyone in a single season since 2004. She was named an ITA Scholar-Athlete award winner and an All-ACC Academic Team honoree her sophomore year and is graduating with a degree in health and exercise science. Off the court, she is the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Secretary and is co-leading an initiative to get CPR training across campus. Fernandez translated the iPhone app for H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat) from English to Spanish, allowing Spanish speakers access to local food and clothing banks, while volunteering with countless other organizations on and off campus.

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 12 at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel Imperial Ballroom in Greensboro.

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