SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference announced today Western Carolina senior women’s tennis player and recent graduate Savannah Taranto is one of 10 recipients of a Southern Conference post-graduate scholarship. The 10 student-athletes will be honored for their accomplishments at the Southern Conference Honors Dinner in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Tuesday, May 28.

Taranto is one of two recipients of a 2019 Southern Conference Presidential Scholarship. The Raleigh, N.C. native recently wrapped her career with the most doubles wins (41) in program history, playing primarily from the No. 1 position the last three seasons. A SoCon all-freshman selection in 2016, Taranto was the only Catamount to appear in all 23 matches that season. After playing primarily at No. 4 singles that year, Taranto split time between No. 1 and 2 as a sophomore the following season.

A team captain and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative, Taranto volunteered with her teammates at area schools, meeting children before school started and walking and interacting with them. For four years, she was a volunteer tennis coach for pre-teens.

Taranto compiled a 3.908 GPA with a pre-health biology major, earning Scholar-Athlete honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association from 2016-18 and meeting the qualifications to make it four straight seasons being honored when the 2019 awards are announced in June. She is also a member of the Western Carolina Honors College.

Taranto, who became a licensed certified nursing assistant and worked in the memory care unit of a nursing home to complete clinical requirements, intends to become a physician assistant, a desire that was solidified when she lost two of her closest friends last year, one to cancer and one to complications from severe seizures. She will begin attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in June.

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