Track's Gausepohl And Parton Selected For The Order Of Laurel And Palm

May 14, 2009

Andrew Gausepohl and Stenn Parton of the track and field team were two of 24 graduating USC seniors selected for the Order of Laurel and Palm today (May 14). Also, Chanel Fischetti of track and field, Robin Hextrum of rowing and Amy Massey of soccer were awarded the Order of Troy.

The Order of Laurel and Palm is bestowed upon the graduating seniors who have demonstrated extraordinary service and commitment to the University of Southern California campus community. These honorees represent the best of leadership in various facets of university life. They have excelled academically while dedicating themselves to leadership and service.

Gausepohl, graduating with a major in Biological Sciences, was a member of Air Force ROTC where he held several leadership roles including Vice-Wing Commander, Director of Training and General Military Corps Advisor. He was responsible for helping plan a POW/MIA 24 vigil and was a Director of Operations for the Arnold Air Society, a professional honor and service society.

He also was a distance runner on the track team, where he was one of the captains his senior season. Gausepohl was also captain of the USC Men of Troy cross country team.

Parton, graduating with a major in Public Policy, Management and Planning, was a javelin thrower on the track team and was also a captain. He spearheaded two anti-violence campaigns, the Ryan Francis Scholarship and SCORE (Servicing Community through Outreach, Recreation and Education). Through SCORE, Parton and fellow student-athletes have presented to over 6,000 local students on the importance of family, education, exercise and the negative consequences of violence. He also served as President and Community Service Chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Parton is co-founder of Apolis Activism, working hands-on to create garments in Northern Uganda and Nepal with activist groups Invisible Children and Citta, offering opportunities for local economies by connecting them to the global marketplace.

The Order of Troy was bestowed to 123 graduating seniors who have demonstrated extraordinary service and commitment to the University of Southern California's campus community.

Fischetti is a Neuroscience and Sociology major, Hextrum a Fine Arts major and Massey a Communications major.

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