The 2014 Grove City College Senior Man and Woman of the Year awards were presented to Chris Gibbs, of Akron, Ohio, and Libby Carbone, of Rochester, N.Y., on May 3 during the Parents’ Weekend Recognition Convocation on campus.
The awards are presented jointly by the leadership honoraries Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa as a service to Grove City College. The selections are made on the basis of scholarship, leadership and service.
The candidates were voted upon by the students and faculty. It is one of the highest honors that the College can bestow and the winners’ names are recorded for posterity on a memorial plaque on a boulder outside Harbison Chapel on campus. Former recipients of this prestigious honor have gone on to become leaders in faith, education, business, law and health care.
Chris Gibbs, son of Ronald and Patricia Gibbs, is a molecular biology major who served as vice president of Epsilon Pi fraternity and as Inter-Fraternity Council president. He is also a four-year letter winner in varsity football and the first two-time Division III Academic All-American in Grove City College football history. Gibbs was also named 2014 Sportsman of the Year.
Gibbs has conducted independent research with Dr. Devin L. Stauff ’05, professor of biology, co-authored a paper and served as a research fellow at the Mayo Clinic. Gibbs is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board and Beta Beta Beta. He also was one of 29 men in the U.S. to receive the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship Award.
Finalists for Man of the Year were: Chadwyck Cobb, Alexander Kauffman, James Kintzing, Matthew Mucha and Noah Walker.
Libby Carbone, daughter of John and Kate Carbone, is a physics major and member of Omicron Delta Kappa. She has been active in the Society of Physics Students and served as outreach coordinator for the Physics Club as well as vice president of the Sigma Pi Sigma physics honorary.
She participated in ICO trips to Chicago and Rhode Island, has been active in tutoring and served as a teacher’s assistant at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. During her time at Grove City College, she has also participated in physics education research.
Finalists for Woman of the Year were: Julia Haines, Emily Lloyd, Hayley Price, Kayla Provost and Zoe Simek.