Society of Character Welcomes 17 New Honorees Wildcat student-athletes to be inducted Saturday
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Seventeen University of Kentucky student-athletes from 10 different sports will be inducted into the Frank G. Ham Society of Character on Saturday, at UK's Center for Academic and Tutorial Services.
The Society of Character recognizes Wildcat student-athletes who have shown an extraordinary commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development, career preparation and serving as a role model. The SOC was founded during the 1998-99 school year and is named in honor of Ham, a long-time UK administrator.
This year's induction class is listed below in alphabetical order.
Allen is a senior outfielder on the UK softball team. She has been recognized for her academic achievements in each of her three seasons, earning All-SEC Academic team honors twice and All-SEC Freshman Academic team honors once. On the field, Allen scored the winning run in Kentucky's walk-off win over No. 2 Michigan in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Off the field, she is dedicated to community service, volunteering for causes like the SEC Together We Can Food Drive and the UK Children's Hospital Cancer Survivor Picnic. After graduation, she will attend physical therapy school.
Archibald is a senior for UK swimming and diving, participating in backstroke, individual medley and free style. The Johannesburg, South Africa native is majoring in accounting and finance with the intention of becoming a financial adviser after college. She has twice been named to the All-SEC Academic team and once to the All-SEC Freshman Academic team. She is also generous in volunteering her time to Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics.
Ciokajlo is a junior gymnast. At the team's 2010 postseason banquet, she received the Highest Grade Point Average and Hardest Worker awards. She has also been recognized at the conference level, earning spots on the All-SEC Academic team in 2011 and the All-SEC Freshman Academic team in 2010. She also finds time for charity work, spending time with God's Pantry, the Hope Lodge and the Christian Student Fellowship.
Gustafson is a senior infielder on the softball team. She came to UK as a nominee for the Wendy's High School Heisman and has remained dedicated to athletics, academics and helping others. She is an NFCA Scholar-Athlete and has been named to the All-SEC Academic team each of the past two years. In high school, she served on a mission trip to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina and earned the Community Service CATSPY in 2011. She was the university's Darrell VanMeter Award recipient in 2010-11, an award recognizing one undergraduate student for dedication to serving others.
Hines just completed a standout football career after starting at guard each of his final three seasons. He evolved into a team leader over his time in Lexington and was one of two permanent captains as a senior. He was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll each year from 2008-11 and was a nominee for Academic All-America. Hines graduated with a degree in finance in 2011 and worked toward a second major in management during his final season. He also participated in UK's service trip to Ethiopia in May 2011.
Lash is a senior member of the swimming and diving team, participating in back stroke, individual medley and free style events. She will graduate with a degree in elementary education and is working toward becoming a teacher. Lash volunteers for a number of different causes including the Special Olympics, God's Pantry and Meals on Wheels. Lash also serves as a sign language teacher and mentor.
Lewellen is a junior defensive end on the football team who will forgo his final year of eligibility after graduating early. The agricultural economics major was one of 22 student-athletes nationally named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his dedication to helping others. He works closely with Athletes in Action, leading Bible studies on the UK campus. He is also a regular visitor to the Lexington Hope Lodge and has spent his last two spring breaks volunteering to do mission work in Nicaragua and speaking to youth at a detention center in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Mattox is a senior swimmer who competes in butterfly and freestyle events. In addition to being recognized three times on the SEC Academic Honor Roll, she is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. She is respected by her teammates and is one of two captains on the 2012 swimming and diving team. She volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters as well as the Special Olympics and Race for the Cure.
Moir is a junior on the women's golf team. She has earned a number of different academic honors during her college career including SEC Academic Honor Roll and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Even with her athletic and academic commitments, Moir has made time for volunteering, logging nearly 300 hours of community service working with countless causes, including the Hope Lodge, the Salvation Army and Athletes in Action.
After playing a key backup role earlier in his career, Murphy was a full-time starter at right tackle during his senior season with the football team. He is a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and was twice named Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He has volunteered through Read Across America and Dixie Elementary School and was a game captain during his senior season.
Orta, a junior, has established himself as UK's best long-distance runner on both the track and cross country teams. The Caracas, Venezuela native undertakes a difficult course load, majoring in Spanish and international commerce with a minor in Latin American Studies. Orta is leading a shoe drive with teammate Josh Nadzam and the track team for the second time. All shoes received will be donated to Soles4Soles, an organization that provides shoes to those in need.
Peterson is a senior team captain on the swimming and diving team and competes in freestyle. She is majoring in biology as she pursues a career as a physical therapist. She was a member of the National Honor Society in high school and has remained dedicated to academics at UK. As a volunteer, she has worked with the Special Olympics and the Together We Can Food Drive.
Quigley, a senior, recently became the winningest singles player in UK men's tennis history. He is ranked in the top-five nationally in his final campaign and is a team captain. In addition to being the most decorated UK tennis player of all time, he won the 2011 USTA/ITA Sportsmanship Award and was a USA representative at the Master'U BNP Paribas in Poitiers, France. He was named Mr. Wildcat at the 2011 CATSPY's, an award given for all-around excellence in athletics, academics, character and service.
Riley is a senior pitcher/infielder on the softball team. She anchors a pitching staff that helped earn UK's first preseason ranking in school history and is a team captain. She is an NFCA Scholar Athlete, a two-time member of the All-SEC Academic team and an All-SEC Academic Freshman honoree in 2009. Riley is also UK's nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and the SEC's H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship Award. After graduation, she will attend UK Dental School.
Settlemires is a senior on the defending national champion UK rifle team. He also became the school's first-ever individual national champion in smallbore, taking home the title in 2010-11. He has been named to the SEC Freshman Honor Roll and the SEC Honor Roll. He has volunteered with the SEC Together We Can Food Drive and God's Pantry.
Vega is a junior midfielder on the men's soccer team. He has been named to both the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll and the Conference-USA Honor Roll. Vega has volunteered over 50 hours to a number of causes, including Math Counts, the Special Olympics and God's Pantry. He also serves as an elementary school mentor and helped build houses in his native country of Guatemala for people affected by natural disasters.
Willis is a senior swimmer who participates in breaststroke and individual medley. She will graduate this spring with a degree in psychology and is working to one day become a clinical child psychologist. Willis was a member of the National Honor Society in high school and has received even more recognition for her schoolwork and service at UK. She is a member of the SEC Community Service team and the SEC All-Academic team.