Cornelius and Gilbert Honored at Annual All-Sports Banquet
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary Athletics Department and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)  recently held its annual All-Sports Banquet, which featured all 16 varsity sports. Coaches discussed their team’s successes and highlighted individual accomplishments. In addition, junior Julia Cornelius from gymnastics and senior Ross Gilbert from swimming were awarded the Centenary Athletics Outstanding Achievement Award.


The SAAC committee also gave out a pair of awards. The organization honored a men’s and a women’s team who represent Centenary well, on and off the playing field, who have a high team grade point average, and support the other sports by attending athletics events. This year’s recipients were the softball team and the men’s swim team.


The Outstanding Achievement Award, given yearly to one female and one male student-athlete that excelled in their respective sport and in the classroom, is the highest award given from the athletics department to an individual.


Cornelius is a junior biophysics major with a 3.95 grade point average and is also a math minor. Three times she has been an All-American Scholar Athlete in the Midwest Independent Conference and has twice been named a Scholastic All-American for the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches. She also received the athletic excellence award in 2005, 2006, and 2007.


Cornelius has made the Dean’s List all three years so far and is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Chemistry Club and the Physics Club.


In addition, Cornelius is co-captain on the gymnastics team and has earned a total of four USA Gymnastics All-American honors, including on the balance beam in 2006, on the uneven bars and the beam in 2007, and most recently on the bars in 2008. She was selected first team all-conference and placed second on the beam at the Midwest Independent Conference Championship in 2007.


Gilbert is a senior double major in business administration and finance with an economics minor. He is on the Dean’s List, is an Honor Court Justice, and was a Student Ambassador. In addition, he is a member of Phi Beta Lamda, Omicron Delta Kappa, an Orientation Staff member, and a QEP subcommittee member. He also was on the NCAA re-certification subcommittee, the Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence, and is involved with the FCA and Stepping Stones.


On the athletics side, Gilbert was a co-president for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two years and twice was captain of the Gents swim team. He earned first team all-conference honors in 2008 and was a second team honoree as a freshman and a junior. He finished third at The Summit League Championships in the mile and was a member of the 800-yard free relay team, which placed first at the conference swim meet. It was the first relay victory for Centenary ever. He currently holds one school record.


Gilbert will be working in Dallas with JP Morgan Chase and Company upon graduation.