ACC Honors Top Six for Service Award Recipients
June 5, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The ACC has announced the recipients of the 2011-12 Top Six for Service awards. For Wake Forest, the ACC honored Faith Adams (field hockey), Jordan Feger (women's soccer), Michelle Hartenstein (women's golf), Paul Loeser (men's track/cross country), Kari Walkley (field hockey) and Alisha Woodson (women's soccer) with this year's community service award.
The ACC's Top Six for Service is awarded on each institutional campus annually. The criteria for this award are determined by each individual school recognizing student-athletes that have demonstrated outstanding community service and community relations. A Top Six for Service award recipient should be dedicated to serving others and have shown a passion for enriching the lives of others.
Wake Forest's 2011-12 ACC Top Six for Service Honorees:
Faith Adams, Field Hockey: Adams' most significant contribution this year came from coordinating and running the third annual Dodgeball Tournament for Melanoma Research event. This event was held in memory of a former Wake Forest field hockey player, Maria Whitehead, who died of malignant melanoma at age 25. The event raised over $5,000. Faith was also a constant presence at an after school running club called Girls On The Run, which encourages an active lifestyle in elementary-aged school girls. She also volunteered in Wake Forest's annual Santa's Helper program and Eat With The Deacs.
Jordan Feger, Women's Soccer: Feger spent much of this past summer break at a service project in Los Angeles. Done through Wake Forest's Athletes in Action group, she mentored kids from the Nickerson Garden's housing project for three weeks. In the fall semester, she tutored elementary school children on a weekly basis. She also was a cheerful helper at Santa's Helper, Eat With The Deacs, and Project Pumpkin.
Michelle Hartenstein, Women's Golf: Hartenstein was a constant presence tutoring at a local elementary school all year. She also participated in Wake Forest's Habitat for Humanity build and Santa's Helper. Additionally, she has put in many hours as a student leader preparing for a Volunteer Service Corps service trip to Nicaragua.
Paul Loeser, Men's Cross Country and Track & Field: This is Loeser's second Top Six for Service award. Paul was constantly doing something all year. He tutored at a local elementary school, spent Saturdays providing lunch for the homeless and one night per week at the homeless shelter, participated in Project Pumpkin, and visited the senior citizen's home.
Kari Walkley, Field Hockey: Walkley, the newly elected SAAC Secretary, also contributed greatly to the annual Dodgeball Tournament. Among other things, she was instrumental in fund raising and making the event run smoothly. She also spent much of her free time during breaks as a volunteer field hockey coach in her hometown. Kari was a constant presence at the Eat With The Deacs events, and helped with the Forysth County Special Olympics.
Alisha Woodson, Women's Soccer: Woodson, like Jordan Feger, spent some of her summer break time in the Los Angeles housing projects mentoring children who otherwise might not have such a positive role model. She would also regularly volunteer at the local homeless shelter singing karaoke, did several Eat With The Deacs, and volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of Winston-Salem. Alisha is the new SAAC 2nd Vice President.