ST. LOUIS, Mo. - In an effort to honor the achievements of exceptional student-athletes, the Missouri Valley Conference, in partnership with State Farm, has created the MVC State Farm Good Neighbor Award. Ten student-athletes have been named by Commissioner Doug Elgin as the honorees for the 2012 winter season.
This year’s winter honorees include Charonn Woods, Bradley, Men's Basketball, Sr.; Matthew Dorwart, Creighton, Men's Basketball, Sr.; Sarah Yeager, Drake, Women's Indoor Track, Jr.; Colt Ryan, Evansville, Men's Basketball, Jr.; Jeanette Nolte, Illinois State, Swimming & Diving, Jr.; Andrea Rademacher, Indiana State, Women's Basketball, Jr.; Christiana Shorter, Missouri State, Women's Basketball, Jr.; Chelsea Hartman, Northern Iowa, Swimming & Diving, Sr.; Harry Whitt, Southern Illinois, Men's Basketball, Fr.; Jaclyn Abrahamian, Wichita State, Women's Indoor Track & Field, So.
In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition. The Valley will recognize 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees. Institutions select their Good Neighbor Award honorees.
State Farm Insurance is a long-time sponsor of the Missouri Valley Conference and serves as title sponsor for all 18 MVC championship events. Also, State Farm is a prominent sponsor of the league's television network and a sponsor of the Missouri Valley Conference's community outreach program, "Just Read!"
Charonn Woods, Bradley, Men's Basketball, Sr.
Cumulative 4.0 GPA in Health Science
3-time Dean's List Fall Semester (2008-09, '09-10, '10-11)
2-time Dean's List Spring Semester (2008-09, '09-10)
2009-10 Wakapa Chapter Mortar Board Honor Society Nominee
3-time Romeo B. Garret Pride in Education Award (2008-09, '09-10, '10-11)
2009-10 MVC Honor Roll
2011 MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention
2010 NABC Honor's Court
Bradley AD Honor Roll (Fall '09, Spring '10, Fall '10)
Chi Alpha Sigma National College AThlete Honor Society, Illinois Kappa Chapter Inductee: 2011
Methodist Medical Center Holiday Visits (Fall 2009 & '10)
Methodist Medical Center Childcare Visit (Spring 2010)
Just Read Participant
Initiated "Soles for Souls" Shoe Donation Drive (2011) as a member of Braves Council
2009-12 Braves Council/Student Athlete Advisory Council
Mathew Dorwart, Creighton, Men's Basketball, Sr.
Dean's Honor Roll (Spring 2010)
2011 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honor Court
2011 MVC Academic Honor Roll
Made award winning documentary in Uganda, Africa (Summer 2011)
Abide Network-House cleanup
Freshman move-in volunteer
Nursing home and hospital visits
Just Read Participant
Ted E. Bear Hollow Walk
Community and youth activities
Sarah Yeager, Drake, Women's Indoor Track, Jr.
Drake Presidential scholarship recipient
2010-11 MVC Academic Honor Roll
Research internship at Iowa Methodist Medical Center
NCAA Leadership Conference participant
Drake Student-Athlete Advisory Council (Co-President)
Meal from the Heartland volunteer
Blankets for Bulldogs (youth activity where they tied blankets for Iowa Homeless Youth Centers)
Blank's Children's Hosptial Vonuteer
Intercollegiate Athletics Council Member
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Colt Ryan, Evansville, Men's Basketball, Jr.
Cummulative 3.31 GPA in Accounting
Dean's List Fall 2011
Dean't List Spring 2011
Race for the Cure
UE Move in Day
Southwestern Indiana Regional Council on Aging
Just Read Participant
YMCA Children's Clinic
Multiple Sclerosis Walk
Jeanette Nolte, Illinois State, Swimming & Diving, Jr.
3.06 Cumulative GPA
Honor Roll (3 semesters)
Logged 34 community service hours this year
Best Buddies participant (Paired with young adults with special needs)
Just Read participant
Recess Buddies participant
Andrea Rademacher, Indiana State, Women's Basketball, Jr.
Dean's List (5 semesters)
MVC Academic Honor Roll (2009-10, '10-11)
MVC commissioner's Academic Excellence Award (2010-11)
INS All-Academic Team (2011)
INS Scholar-Athlete (2010-11)
INS Athletic Director's Honor Roll (Fall '09, Spring '10, Fall '10, Spring '11, Fall '11)
INS Business Professionals of America (2009-10, 2010-11)