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    SEC Announces 2013 Equestrian Community Service Team

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference on Monday announced the Community Service Team for the sport of equestrian. The conference names a Community Service Team for each of its 21 league-sponsored sports, looking to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to her community through superior service efforts.

    The 2013 SEC Equestrian Community Service Team is as follows:

    Auburn – Coryn Bergenty, Sr. (Farmington, Conn.)
    •    Is a primary volunteer at Ogletree Elementary School.
    •    Volunteers at Stroybrook Farm Therapeutic Riding.
    •    Is a volunteer and organizer of Read Across America.
    •    One of her team’s leaders in organizing community service projects.
    •    Was a member of Auburn’s 2011 NCEA National Championship team.
    •    A Top Tiger Award Winner and member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
    •    A Dean’s List student at Auburn.
    •    A member of Chi Alpha Sigma and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

    Georgia – Kelsey Thatcher, Jr. (Bluffdale, Utah)
    •    A participant in the UGA Relay for Life as part of the Rider Relay with the UGA Equestrian Team.
    •    Volunteered for Shop With A Bulldog, a fundraiser for low-income children in the Athens area in need of Christmas presents.
    •    Spent time as a tutor for the Boys and Girls Club of Athens, observing and tutoring fifth graders.
    •    Was a teacher for Campo-Cocha School in Ecuador, where she produced lesson plans and co-taught all grades of English classes on the subjects of vocabulary and grammar.
    •    Spent more than 100 hours teaching non-native English speaking second graders at Oasis Tutoring Center.
    •    Owns a 3.73 grade point average in early childhood education.
    •    Is a member of the Dean’s List at Georgia and a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

    South Carolina – Alison Ceresani, Jr. (Tuckerton, N.J.)
    •    Has volunteered with Pets, Inc., helping care for rescued animals at a local animal shelter.
    •    Has worked with Habitat for Humanity.
    •    Volunteered with Goodwill, assisting with re-stocking stores and sorting donated items.
    •    Has assisted with a local soup kitchen, making meals and serving the homeless in the Columbia area.
    •    A 2012 NCEA Honorable Mention All-America selection in horsemanship.
    •    A two-year starter on the horsemanship squad for South Carolina.
    •    Boasts a 4.0 grade point average and has been a member of the President’s List since 2010.
    •    A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
    •    An NCEA First-Team Academic All-American.
    •    Member of the South Carolina Exercise Science Club.

    Texas A&M – Amanda Brightwell, Sr. (San Antonio, Texas)
    •    Programs chair of the Texas A&M Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
    •    Volunteered with AggiesCAN, planning and coordinating the largest student-athlete run canned food drive in the nation. Helped collect more than 6,000 pounds of canned goods in a 24-hour period.
    •    Worked with underprivileged children in the equine program at Still Creek Ranch.
    •    Part of Hard Hats for Little Heads, organizing and participating in a presentation on helmet safety for more than 2,000 Bryan/College Station second graders.
    •    Participated in Big Event, a community development project in Bryan/College Station.
    •    A 2012-13 Texas A&M team captain and 2012 NCEA Honorable Mention All-America selection. The 2011 Texas A&M equestrian Rookie of the Year.
    •    Went 6-6 during the 2012-13 season in horsemanship with a 72.57 scoring average with four wins against top-10 opponents, including three SEC schools.
    •    A two-time NCEA First-Team Academic All-American and a two-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. A Texas A&M Athletic Scholar.

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    2013 SEC Equestrian Community Service Team
    Auburn: Coryn Bergenty
    Georgia: Kelsey Thatcher
    South Carolina: Alison Ceresani
    Texas A&M: Amanda Brightwell