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2020-2021 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 leaders, undergraduate researchers, postgraduate scholarship winners, honors students and Phi Beta Kappa inductees.

UNC Top 10 Scholar-Athletes

Will Bowen
Will is a member of the men’s lacrosse team and is from Cohasset, Massachusetts. He is majoring in Business Administration and is in the Entrepreneurship Minor. Will has been a member of the 4.0 Club, has been a Tar Heel Scholar-Athlete and has been on the Dean’s List each of his semesters at UNC. He has been involved in numerous academic, community service and leadership activities including the Investment Banking Boot Camp, Student-Athlete Advisory Council and is on the Heels Helping Heels Development Committee. After graduation, he will begin the Master’s of  Finance program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. In five years, he hopes to be living somewhere he never even thought he would visit!

Natalie Chandler
Natalie is from Hillsborough and is a member of the women’s soccer team. She has a major in Health Policy & Management and a minor in Environmental Science and Studies. Natalie has been part of Honors Carolina, has won the NCAA’s Elite 90 award and is on track to graduate with a perfect 4.0 GPA! She has been a research assistant at the Forest Use, Energy and Livelihoods (FUEL) lab at the Carolina Population Center and has also interned with Girls on the Run. After graduation, Natalie will be attending the University of St. Andrews in Scotland to complete a Master of Science in Sustainable Development and where she will be able to continue her soccer career. In five years, she hopes to be pursuing a profession which allows her to protect both human and environmental health. She also would like to be happy, healthy and making the world a better place!

Gino Esposito
Gino is from Milford, Connecticut and is on the wrestling team. He is receiving a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Consulting. Gino has been named a Kenan Scholar, an AD Scholar-Athlete and was awarded the Wells Fargo Post-Graduate Scholarship for 2020-2021. He has had the opportunity to do a global immersion in South Africa and to complete a senior research project on Aristotelian Business Ethics. After graduation, Gino will be part of the Master of Accounting program at Kenan-Flagler. In five years, he hopes to be a published author, business owner (CappuGino’s), short story writer, school system designer and an aspiring Catholic priest!

Andrew Fregenal
Andrew is on the men’s fencing team and is from Apex. He is receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Medical Anthropology. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and is part of Honors Carolina. Andrew also was awarded the William W. and Ida W. Taylor Honors Mentored Research Fellowship. After graduation, he will be attending a yet to be determined medical school. In five years, he will be an M.D. in a residency program pursuing a career as a medical oncologist.

Gage Gillian
Gage is from Spring Hill, Tennessee and is a member of the baseball team. He is majoring in Management and Society. Gage was named the Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete for baseball. He has also made Dean’s List, the ACC Honor Roll, and is a Tar Heel Scholar-Athlete. After graduation, Gage plans on pursuing a career in professional baseball while also learning more about investment opportunities. In five years, he does not know where he will be or what he will be doing, but he knows he will outwork everyone and be successful at whatever path he follows.

Alex Helms
Alex is on the men’s lacrosse team and is from Matthews, North Carolina. he is graduating with a double-major in Business Administration and Political Science. Alex was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, was named the Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete and is a member of the 4.0 Club. He also had an opportunity to study abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. After graduation, Alex will be working in investment banking in Charlotte. In five years, he plans to be living abroad and working in finance.

Rachel Jones
Rachel is originally from Lawrenceville, Georgia and is on the women’s soccer team. She is majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Spanish for Business. Rachel has been named to the ACC All-Academic team twice and is a recipient of the ACC’s Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship. She also has served as President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. After graduation, Rachel will attend UNC’s School of Law while she completes her last year of eligibility. In five years, she will be a federal attorney.

Lindsey Lanier
Lindsey is on the women’s cross country and track and field teams and is originally from Charlotte. She will earn a degree in Biology with a minor in Neuroscience. Lindsey has been part of Honors Carolina and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She also was the AD Scholar-Athlete and a member of the 4.0 Club. After she graduates, Lindsey will be attending school to become a Physician Assistant. In five years, she will be practicing orthopedic or plastic surgery PA, running marathons and working toward her doctorate in public health.

Camryn Petit
Camryn is from Braselton, Georgia and is a member of the women’s cross country and track and field teams. She is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and minors in Chemistry and Spanish for the Medical Professions. Camryn has been part of Honors Carolina and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She also was an undergraduate research fellow at the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center. After graduating in December, Camryn will work as a nursing assistant in a hospital before attending medical school. In five years, she will be graduating from medical school and starting her residency.

Emerson Porter
Emerson is originally from Charlotte and is on the women’s track and field team. She is majoring in Business Administration with a Chemistry minor. She has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma along with being an AD Scholar-Athlete. She has also studied abroad at the London School of Economics. After graduation, Emerson will be completing the Master of Accounting program at UNC while finishing her last year of eligibility. In five years, she will have a few years of work experience and will be going back to school to pursue her MBA.