Piro, Chong Chosen for Impressive Honors

March 17, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. Gymnasts D’Anna Piro and Laura-Ann Chong have been chosen to exhibit their leadership skills and to represent Oregon State Athletics at noteworthy events in the coming weeks.


Piro, a senior from Lake Oswego, Ore., has been invited to speak at The President’s Circle reception, April 8. Piro, a non-scholarship student-athlete who specializes in the uneven bars, is also the president of Oregon State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She is double-majoring in Exercise and Sport Science and Business Administration with an option in Finance and is studying both within OSU’s Honors College. D’Anna will graduate in June.


The President’s Circle is made up of generous donors who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more. President’s Circle members help OSU build on existing strengths in strategic areas to achieve world-class excellence. They make it possible for the university to set and pursue high aspirations and to record notable achievements.


Chong, a junior from Coquitlam, B.C., has been selected by to attend the NCAA Student-Athlete Development Conference in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World Coronado Springs Resort, May 24-27. Chong was named the everyday champion the week of January 27, 2009. Chong is majoring in Exercise and Sports Science and plans to pursue a career as an athletic/physiotherapist.


The inception of the OSU Student-Athlete Leadership Institute has been instrumental in providing the grass-roots leadership opportunities to Oregon State student-athletes and has been extremely successful in the selection of OSU student-athletes attending this very prestigious conference. The following student-athletes have represented OSU in the past: Keith Pankey (football), Yuki Lamb (gymnastics), Abby Windell (volleyball), Mitch Gillis (mens golf) and Courtney Carter (womens soccer).


The conference includes daily speaker panels, student-athlete presentations and a SAAC session surrounding the topic of leadership in athletics. The goal of the conference is to help student-athletes enhance their leadership skills and to help find ways to get campuses and institutes better involved with the NCAA.


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