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March 25, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - A trio of Nittany Lion student-athletes have been honored with Penn State Student Achievement Awards, as Adrian Evans (men's gymnastics) and Emily Giannotti (women's track/cross country) were named the recipients of the 2014 Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Award and Evan Foulsham (women's lacrosse) was named a John W. Oswald Award honoree.
All three student-athletes were recognized Sunday at the University's annual Student Awards Ceremony. The ceremony was held at Eisenhower Auditorium on the University Park campus.
The McCoy Award is presented annually to one senior male and one senior female student-athlete who have combined successful athletic participation with academic excellence. The award is named for Ernest B. McCoy, who was Penn State's Athletic Director and Dean of the College of Physical Education from 1952-70. His name adorns the Penn State natatorium.
A native of Boulder, Colo., Evans earned his second consecutive All-America honor on the pommel horse at the 2013 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships. Outside of the gym, the advertising major and 2014 team captain earned College Gymnastics Association All-America Scholar-Athlete honors the last three seasons, while also earning a spot on the Academic All-Big Ten team.
Recently, he was selected as one of nine finalists for the 2014 Nissen-Emery Award. Widely regarded as one of the most prestigious honors in collegiate gymnastics, Evans is the 26th Nissen-Emery finalist in Penn State program history.
On the national scene, the Coudersport, Pa., native qualified for the 2013 NCAA Eastern Preliminary Round in the 10,000 meters and for the 2012 edition of the meet in the steeplechase. A graduate student, she placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships.
The Madison, N.J., native is a park and tourism management major in the College of Health and Human Development and a four-year member of the women's lacrosse team. She has served as the team's Student Athlete Advisory Board representative since 2010, working with other student-athletes to enhance the relationship between University athletics and the local community.
Nominated by her team members and coaches, she also serves in the Athletic Director's Leadership Institute. The three-time American Lacrosse Conference Academic Honor Roll member has volunteered with LifeLink PSU, developing campus events for students with disabilities.