Varsity Briefs: Here's what local grads are doing



Clearwater Christian College

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Amani Morcos of Alpharetta was a member of the 2013 Cougar women’s soccer team at Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, Fla., who took second place in the 2013 NCCAA Division II national championship on Nov. 16. The Cougars entered the tournament seeded No. 2 in the nation and moved in the championship game after defeating Cairn University of Philadelphia, Pa., 4-0 and Maranatha Baptist Bible College of Watertown, Wis., 3-0. They secured the second place berth after losing a close match with Bob Jones University of Greenville, S.C.

Morcos is a graduate of Fellowship Christian School and the daughter of Sami and Lori Morcos. She is pursuing a degree in elementary education from Clearwater Christian College.

University of the Sciences

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Sarah Kraus, a doctor of pharmacy student from Suwanee, has been named to the summer 2013 Dean’s List at University of the Sciences. Selection for this award is based on completing and passing all assigned courses and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in the summer semester of 2013.


University of Nevada-Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – University of Nevada-Las Vegas’s Stephanie Thelen of Milton recently earned Mountain West Volleyball Player of the Week recognition for the second time in her college career. Thelen, a senior setter, attends UNLV on a volleyball scholarship.

“Stephanie has been playing well all season after she returned to the setter position,” said Rebel volleyball coach Cindy Fredrick. “She has worked on her all-around game; improving her defense and serving while also being an offensive threat in the front row. This is a well-deserved honor as Stephanie has been a tremendous team player throughout her years as a Rebel.”


Young Harris College

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College freshman theater major Hannah Valleroy of Johns Creek recently performed in Theatre Young Harris’s production of prolific playwright Israel Horovitz’s “Lebensraum.” Valleroy is a graduate of Alpha Omega Academy and the daughter of John and Patricia Valleroy of Johns Creek.

Cornell University

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University announced that Andrew Bond of Johns Creek and Savannah Grace of Roswell graduated from Cornell’s prestigious Summer College program this summer.


University of Arkansas  

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Joshua Andrews, a freshman from Alpharetta, has received the Food Science Scholarship from the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas for 2013-2014.

Clemson University

CLEMSON, S.C. – The following local residents have enrolled at Clemson University for the fall semester.


Kaylyn Parks Bidwell, Joshua Connor Buhay, Madeline A. Butzer, Clayton Cash Cheek, Ashley C. Gentry, Melanie J. Magazine, Alexander William Marshall, Peter A. Mcninch, Justin Gregory Mihalik, William Alexander Moir, Brooke Kristen Snyder, Sydney Nicole Welch and Margaret A. Wharton.


Emily A. Sparkman, Clare M. Kelley and Sloan Kathryn Shanahan.

Johns Creek/Duluth:

Cooper A. Burdick, James E. Cusick, Jacob T. Erickson, Megan I. Froats, Sourish T. Ray, Allison Nicole Tanzy and Taylor Marie Walton.


Erin E. Balmes, Charlotte Lane Colt, Michael J. Kucia and Charles Taylor Stickels.


Emma L. Denk, Tanner J. Hayes, Bridget O. Johnson, Zachary C. Robida, Taylor G. Sieling, James R Sloan and Tyler S. Zonsa.

Wichita State University

WICHITA, Kan. – Riddhi Karambelkar of Alpharetta has graduated from Wichita State University with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering after the summer 2013 term.

Trevecca Nazarene University

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Chauncey Arner, a junior commercial music major from Cumming, was named to the Trevecca Nazarene University spring 2013 Dean’s List. Persons on this list achieved a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester.


Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Kyle Turner of Alpharetta has been named to the Bob Jones University Bruins men’s intercollegiate basketball team. Turner, a sophomore majoring in business administration, is a forward for the Bruins men’s team.

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