Football Writers Association of America Jan. 3, 2003
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dave Sittler
Daughter of USA Today's Thomas O'Toole earns award

TEMPE, Ariz. (FWAA) Jacqueline O'Toole, a senior at Gaithersburg High School in Gaithersburg, Md., has been named the sixth winner of the Volney Meece Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded by the Football Writers Association of America and named for the late Volney Meece. Meece served 22 years as the FWAA 's executive director and was the organization's president in 1971.

The $1,000 annual grant for four years. It is given to a deserving son or daughter of an FWAA member.

Jacqueline, 17, is the daughter of FWAA member Thomas O'Toole, a staff writer for USA Today. She has achieved an impressive 4.78 weighted grade-point average on a 4.0 scale by taking honors courses. She is a member of National Honor Society. In addition to her academic achievements, Jacqueline serves as vice president of the Gaithersburg High School senior class.

She was also vice president of the junior class.

A past member of school and club swim teams, Jacqueline has volunteered as swim coach for the local Special Olympics team. She has also been a member of the varsity pom dance team the past two years.

Previous Meece Scholarship winners are: Bret Goering, Topeka, Kan.; Kelley Brooks, Denver, Colo.; James Butz, Schaumberg, Ill., Sara Barnhart, Atlanta, Ga.; and Patrick Davis, Coventry, Conn.

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