Hollywood merged with Sun Devil Nation on Thursday night in Downtown Phoenix.
Flash bulbs were popping creating an exciting buzz in the air as ASU students, athletes and faculty hit the red carpet dressed to impress in celebration of the 2nd Annual Pitchfork Awards at the historic Orpheum Theater.
Sun Devil students continue to do amazing things inside and outside the classroom. The Pitchfork Awards celebrate the best ASU student accomplishments and their wide variety of outstanding work throughout the past year. It brings the entire Sun Devil Community together on one special night to recognize and celebrate their achievements.
ASU student and superfan Obafemi Oso, who was proud to be part of the event added, “The Pitchfork Awards are part of developing the ASU culture and celebrating the things we do as students and as a community together. I’m excited to see this thing continue to grow.”
The overall driving force of the event was the impact that Sun Devils are having on the community through service, academics, clubs, athletics, and entrepreneurship. All good stuff.
Coach Herb Sendek, who was in attendance to present an award said, “It’s really exciting to have this event at a big time venue like the Orpheum Theater, and I’m having a lot of fun with the 942 Crew that supported us so well all season.” Sendek also pointed out, “Our student attendance was way up this year and a big reason was the spirit of the 942 Crew.” The 942 Crew was also a finalist for the Sun Devil Group Spirit Award.
All-American Will Sutton, who won the award for Outstanding Male Student Athlete got the crowd fired up during his acceptance speech. Sutton told everyone, “Thank you for all the support. Come out and support us next year so we can take y’all to the Rose Bowl.”
However, this was not only about athletics, it was about every Sun Devil student who is working hard in the classroom and having an impact on the community. “ALL IN” doesn’t apply to football only.
Dan Turbyfill, a DieHard Sun Devil fan and a faculty advisor for the College of Public Programs added, “For the second year, I’m blown away by the participation and I’m excited about the Pitchfork Awards program. It really has a sense of Hollywood about it with the red carpet and Sparky out here. I’m very proud of all the nominees and this program has definitely evolved.”
There is no doubt that the annual Pitchfork Awards will continue to inspire students and set the tone for more accomplishments in the coming year.
2nd Annual Pitchfork Awards Winners
Outstanding Male Student-Athlete – Will Sutton
Outstanding Female Student Athlete – Shelby Houlihan
Sun Devil Spirit Award (Individual) – Jared Cooper
Sun Devil Spirit Award (Group) – Downtown Devils Advocates
Best Educational Program – Camp Sparky
Changemaker Award for Group Service – Community Service Coalition
Outstanding Teacher Award – Nisarg Patel
Outstanding Advisor Award – Chad Mcallister
Outstanding Student Leader – Holly Vins
Outstanding Emerging Leader – Miguel Lopez
Outstanding Graduate Student Leader – Garrett Friedrich
Most Promising New Student Organization – ASU Global Brigades
Outstanding Graduate Student Organization – GPSA
Outstanding Undergraduate Student Organization (ASU) – HCSAC
Outstanding Undergraduate Student Organization (Independent) – Alpha Phi Sigma
Outstanding Sustainable Project – Vicente Solis & Rigoberto Polanco
Well Devil Project Award – HCSAC
Outstanding Sport Club – Hip Hop Coalition
Best Entertainment Program (under 500 attendees) – Parhanormal Activity
Best Entertainment Program (over 500 attendees) – RHA Tiki Luau
Best Program Celebrating Campus Diversity – Winter Warmth
Best Recurring Program – Devils in Disguise
Changemaker Entrepreneur Award – Nisarg Patel
Changemaker of the Year – Jared Doles
Best Live Performace – Hip Hop Coalition
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