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2019-2020 Top 10 Scholar-Athletes

We have the distinct privilege of honoring our Top Ten Scholar-Athletes. These students are the five male and five female senior student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade point averages. The ten students being honored include Chancellor’s Award winners, undergraduate researchers, postgraduate scholarship winners, honors students and Phi Beta Kappa inductees. They will graduate with an average GPA of 3.91.

UNC Top 10 Scholar-Athletes

Jamie Antinori
Jamie is a member of the gymnastics team and is from Park City, Utah. She is majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Neuroscience. Jamie has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and has been on the Dean’s List each of her semesters at UNC. She has been conducting research on air pollution and lung health at the Alexis Lab in the Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology. After graduating this month, she will continue her work full time at the Alexis Lab while she is applying to medical school. In five years, she will be about to start her residency.

Andrew Heise
Andrew is from Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a member of the men’s swimming and diving team. He is a double major in Health Policy & Management and Economics. Andrew has been a member of our 4.0 Club and has also been named to the Dean’s List each semester. He has conducted research for the Center for Health Equity Research on the relationship between opioid dependency, incarceration and HIV/AIDS. After graduation, Andrew will be moving to Chicago to work for Guidehouse Consulting. In five years, he will be enjoying city life, establishing himself in his field and finding time to ski, swim and explore the outdoors.

Brian Lee
Brian is from Allendale, New Jersey and is on the men’s fencing team. He is receiving a degree in Political Science with a minor in Information Systems. Brian has been named to the Dean’s List six semesters and has twice been the recipient of the Top GPA Award as a member of the men’s fencing team. He had an opportunity to study abroad in Paris in the Fall 2019 semester. After graduation, Brian will work at a law school in New York City and apply to law school in 2022. In five years, he hopes that he will be finishing up law school and will have found a creative outlet.

Jackie Litynski
Jackie is on the women’s fencing team and is originally from Niskayuna, New York. She is double majoring in Public Policy and Environmental Sciences with the Quantitative Energy Systems track. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, has contributed extensively to the APPLES Service-Learning program and also studied abroad in Israel. After graduation, she plans on working on a political campaign until the November elections and then finding a job in environmental/renewable energy policy. In five years, she would like to be working for a state government where she can design and ensure compliance with renewable energy and energy efficiency standards.

A.J. Rechenmacher
A.J. is from Batavia, Illinois and is a member of the wrestling team. He is majoring in Biomedical and Health Sciences Engineering and minoring in Chemistry. He has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and named the winner of the Wells Fargo Postgraduate Scholarship. A.J. is also on track to graduate with a perfect 4.0 GPA! After he finishes his degree at Carolina, he will be attending Duke School of Medicine in the fall. In five years, he will be starting a residency in orthopedic surgery.

Liz Roberts
Liz is on the women’s basketball team and from Chapel Hill. She is an Exercise and Sport Science major with a Sport Administration concentration and a minor in Coaching Education. Liz was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, named the Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete for women’s basketball and has been on Dean’s List each semester. She also had an opportunity to study abroad in London last summer. After graduation, she will attend graduate school and pursue a master’s in Sport Administration. In five years, she will be on the staff of a women’s basketball program and giving back to future generations of female student-athletes.

Hunter Sheridan
Hunter is originally from Charlotte and is on the football team. He is majoring in Business Administration. Hunter has been named to the Dean’s List each semester, was a member of the 4.0 Club and was the Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete for football. He also participated as both a student and leader in Kenan-Flagler’s Finance Trek where they visit 10 New York City investment banks in three days. After graduation, Hunter will work in investment banking with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York. In five years, he hopes to be still pursuing investment banking or private equity in either New York or Charlotte.

Ashley Smith
Ashley is on the women’s cross country and track and field teams and is originally from Clemmons, North Carolina. She will earn a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a Hispanic Studies minor. Ashley has been part of Honors Carolina and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She also received a Chancellor’s Award this year after being named the winner of the Irene F. Lee Award which is presented to the woman in the senior class who is judged most outstanding in leadership, character and scholarship. After she graduates, Ashley will pursue a Master of Science in Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. In five years, she will be reshaping and transforming the tech industry.

Ezra Wright
Ezra is from Washington, D.C. and is a member of the fencing team. He is graduating with a double major in Women’s and Gender Studies and Hispanic Literature and Culture. Ezra was honored with two Chancellor’s Awards in 2020. He won the Mary Turner Lane Award in Women’s and Gender Studies and The Sterling A. Stoudemire Award for Excellence in Spanish. After graduation, Ezra will be working as a community organizer in Durham or Washington, D.C. In five years, he will be living in Ecuador and working in community organization and empowerment for the Ecuadorean people.

Caroline Young
Caroline is originally from Sandy, Utah and is on the rowing team. She is double majoring in Business Administration and History with a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics minor. She has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and was a James M. Johnston Scholar. She completed a Burch Honors Research Seminar in London and Ireland and a Kenan-Flagler Global Immersion in Indonesia and Singapore. After graduation, she will be a financial analyst at the Walt Disney Company. In five years, she will still be a Tar Heel!