Nov. 7, 2012
ATHENS-----University of Georgia senior gymnast Noel Couch has been named the recipient of the Tucker Dorsey Memorial Scholarship awarded by the UGA chapter of the Blue Key National Honor Society.
The Tucker Dorsey Memorial Scholarship, which recognizes students for outstanding service and leadership, is named for a former UGA student leader and Blue Key student who was the founder of the Blue Key Awards Banquet. The scholarship honors students dedicated to the University of Georgia, its heritage, tradition, ideals and goals and who exemplify the quality of mind and spirit that the university seeks to cultivate through a well-rounded education.
“I am honored and thrilled to be named a Tucker Dorsey Scholar,” Couch said. “I could not have achieved this without the support and dedication of many individuals whom I have met on my collegiate journey. Those people, too many to be named, have allowed me to take advantage of the many incredible opportunities that the University of Georgia has offered me. The University of Georgia is a place where one can achieve in the classroom, in athletics and the community. I am looking forward to many more wonderful, successful experiences here at UGA.”
Blue Key Honor Society was founded in 1924 and has more than 300 chapters throughout the United States. The UGA chapter was started in 1926 as the second chapter in the nation. Blue Key recognizes junior and senior men and women of outstanding character and ability who have achieved distinction for scholarship and recognition for service and leadership.
"I'm so proud of Noel,” said UGA head coach Danna Durante. “She has a bright future and truly does exemplify what is means to be student-athlete. She has a tremendous work ethic and excels at everything she does and is a terrific leader for her team, as well as students on campus. I'm so thankful that Noel is part of our program, and I look forward to what the future holds for her."
Couch, a four-time All-American, has been named NACGC/W Scholastic All-America in each of the last three years. A native of Towaco, N.J., she has competed in the all-around in a school record 28 straight meets.