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ESPY Awards 2014

by Office of Marketing | May 27, 2014
ESPYs 2014
As the end of the school year neared, Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) student-athletes took a break from studying to partake in the annual VFCC ESPY Awards ceremony. Athletes adorned in black and white semi-formal attire, along with fans, family and staff gathered in Flower Chapel to celebrate athletic achievements earned during the 2013-2014 academic year.

After the opening slideshow displayed every athlete in their respective sport, host and Admissions Counselor Tim Latiff, introduced each award category, ranging from Best Sport Athlete to Best Scholar-Athlete. A significant number of Patriots received multiple awards recognizing their exceptional performances. Freshman Molly Rupert, from the women's cross country team, was honored with three ESPY awards for Best Newcomer, Best Individual Sport Athlete and Best Sport Athlete. Sophomore Matt Godfrey, from the golf team, received two awards for Best Sport Athlete and Best Individual Performance, while junior Kelli Noecker, from the women's soccer team, was awarded with Best Defensive Athlete and Best Sport Athlete. 

Women's volleyball was honored as Breakthrough Team of the Year, while Ronshea Vargas was named Coach of the Year for his great job with the cross country team. Admissions Office Manager Clair Eiler was given an ESPY award for her outstanding fan spirit, as she supported each of the sport teams at nearly every home game throughout the year. 

The most esteemed achievement award, the Obie L. Harrup Award, was presented as the evening's grand finale. This award is the highest honor given by the Athletic Department. It is awarded to one female and one male who displayed excellence in not only their sport, but also the classroom, leadership and ministry. This year's recipients were seniors Courtney Farabee and Lance Harris. 

Farabee was a four-year letter winner in women's volleyball. She played libero and recorded over 1,000 digs in three seasons. She served for two years on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as secretary, performed in VFCC’s production of “The Miracle Worker” and served every Sunday at her home church, all while maintaining a full class load and high grades. 

Harris was a four-year letter winner in men's basketball and helped the team win two NCCAA II East Region titles. Harris served as vice president this past year for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, along with serving as a START team leader, organizing several service projects for the athletes and excelling in the digital media program. Both athletes embody the essence of what a VFCC student-athlete should aspire to be. 

The Athletic Department finished the night with a surprise as they unveiled the new Patriot logo and mascot. Congratulations to all the 2014 ESPY nominees and winners.

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