player honored for 4.0 GPA
By Aaron Falk
April 27, 2006 | Senior tennis player Andrea Barker
was honored Wednesday for the four most important points
of her college career -- a 4.0 grade point average.
Barker, the College of Education's valedictorian,
was named the Whitesides Recipient, during the 51st
annual Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Luncheon.
The event honored 143 athletes, manager and trainers
for earning a 3.2 GPA or better over the course of the
"It is a special award for me, because I was not sure
I would finish up here after I got married my sophomore
year," Barker said. "I have had such a wonderful time
being up here. Doing sports has taught me how to balance
An exercise science major, Barker was one of 36 selected
from more than 600 applicants to the University of Utah's
graduate school program, where she will work toward
becoming a physician's assistant. Barker racked up an
8-14 record in singles play during her final season
at Utah State.
In all, approximately 45 percent of USU's student
athletes earned the qualifying marks of a 3.2 GPA or
Special recognition was also given to runner Dustin
Vetica, who was the recipient of the Aggie Achievement
Award. The senior Vetica battled with spine injuries
he sustained in a car wreck his sophomore year of high
school. He still went on to earn high school All-America
honors and compete at Utah State.