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Creighton Volleyball senior Brooke Boggs has been recognized by the Missouri Valley Conference with the league's MVC Leadership &...
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Volleyball's Brooke Boggs Earns MVC Leadership & Service Award

OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton Volleyball senior Brooke Boggs has been recognized by the Missouri Valley Conference with the league's MVC Leadership & Service Award.

The award was created by the MVC in an effort to honor the achievements of exceptional student-athletes. Ten student-athletes have been named by Commissioner Doug Elgin as the honorees for the 2012 fall season.

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 MVC Leadership & Service Award honorees.

This year’s fall honorees include Emily Wolbers, Bradley, Cross Country, Senior; Brooke Boggs, Creighton, Volleyball, Senior; Averill Fuhs, Drake, Football, Redshirt Senior; Dani Langness, Evansville, Women's Soccer, Senior; Kristen Zillmer, Illinois State, Cross Country, Junior; Kylee Thacker, Indiana State, Cross Country, Senior; Chelsea Voet, Missouri State, Women's Soccer, Senior; Jennifer Willms, UNI, Volleyball, Senior; Bailey Yeager, Southern Illinois, Volleyball, Senior; Samantha Shukla, Wichita State, Cross Country, Junior.

Emily Wolbers, Bradley, Cross Country, Senior
  • Spring 2012 Athletic Director's Honor Roll
  • Outstanding First Year Student Award (January 2011)
  • Honor Roll Honoree (4 time)
  • KONu Outstanding First Year Member Award (May 2012)
  • Carlotta Benefieldt Endowed Valedictorian Scholarship recipient (August 2011)
  • Art of Living Club Founder and President
  • Organized stress management workshop for students
  • Dietetic Student Association Secretary
  • Volunteered at Garfield Elementary School 
  • Volunteered at Trewyn Elementary - Healthy Kids Grant
  • Habitat for Humanity Education Coordinator
  • Cross Country philanthropy volunteer
Brooke Boggs, Creighton, Volleyball, Senior
  • 3.911 GPA in Health Administration and Policy
  • Dean's List (Six semesters)
  • MVC Academic Honor Roll (Three times)
  • MVC commissioner's Academic Excellence Award (Two times)
  • Honorable mention on MVC's Volleyball Scholar-Athlete team (2011)
  • ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII Third Team (2010-11)
  • Creighton Medical Center volunteer
  • Fox Run Assisted Living Community volunteer
  • Participated in Just Read, Lied Center Clinics, Bluejay Buddies Clinics, Abide Collection, Night Out With the Jays, Millard South-Jaisa Kappas, Sandoza Elementary, Bluejay Jamboree, Haiti Collections and Siena Francis Collection
Averill Fuhs, Drake, Football, Redshirt Senior
  • 3.46 GPA - BA in Biology and BA in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Dean's List (Fall 2008, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2012)
  • Tri-Beta - Biological Sciences Honor Society
  • Team Captain (2012)
  • Second-Team Academic All PFL (2011)
  • PFL Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Drake Football Community Service Captain - Blanks Children's Hospital (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Football camps and service work in schools and orphanages in Tanzania, Africa
  • Aided Child Life Specialists at the Children's Hospital
  • Drake University Football Camps volunteer coach
  • Meals from the Heartland (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Iowa Homeless Shelter volunteer
  • Aided in the remodeling of the Ronald McDonald House at Iowa Methodist Hospital
  • VA Medical Center Des Moines volunteer
  • Read to kids at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary and Hubbell Elementary
  • Activities with Boys and Girls Club
  • AAU wrestling tournaments referee
Dani Langness, Evansville, Women's Soccer, Senior
  • 3.706 GPA in Physical Therapy
  • Dean's list (six semesters)
  • Student Athlete Honor Roll
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • SAAC rep (four years)
  • Upward Soccer
  • Just Read participant
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing
  • Little Monster Mash
  • Ace of Hearts
  • Build-a-Bear Workshop for children with military parents overseas
  • Holiday Village Retirement Center
  • It Takes a Village Canine Rescue
Kristen Zillmer, Illinois State, Cross Country, Junior
  • MVC Cross Country Scholar-Athlete team (2011)
  • USTFCCCA All-Academic Team (2011)
  • AFNI Honor Roll (four semesters)
  • 3.630 cumulative GPA
  • Volunteer at Day of the Dozer, Hog Roast, Recess Buddies and Easter Seals
  • SAAC representative 
  • Community service contact for the Women's Cross Country Team
Kylee Thacker, Indiana State, Cross Country, Senior
  • BA in English with a minor in French
  • Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization
  • Delta Sigma Lambda Leadership Honor Society
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Sigma Tau Delta - International Honorary Society
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Student Research Assistant for Dr. Yousif
  • Pfennig scholar, English Department, Indiana State University
  • University Honors Program
  • Dean's List
  • Athletic Director's Honor Roll
  • Step Up Program - Golden Key Community representative
  • Community Food Drive - SAAC representative
  • Terre Haute Community Theatre - assist in prop, costume and make-up
  • Tumble Express Gymnastics Instructor
  • Tumble Express - Toys for Tots
  • Majors in minutes - English Student Representative
  • College of Arts & Sciences Student Advisory Council Student Representative
  • NCAA SAAC - secretary
  • Student Athlete Mentor
  • Cross Country Co-Captain
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Media Technology Student Assistant
Chelsea Voet, Missouri State, Soccer, Senior
  • 3.97 cumulative GPA
  • Athletic Director's Honor Roll (every year)
  • Board of Governors Scholarship (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Midwest Student Exchange Scholarship (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Dean's List recognition
  • MVC Academic Excellence Award (2011, 2012)
  • MVC Honor Roll (2011, 2012)
  • Missouri State Scholar Athlete (2011, 2012)
  • Methodist Health System volunteer
  • Champion Athletes of the Ozarks
  • Volunteered at Relay for Life, Rebuild Joplin with Catholic Campus Ministry, Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks, Ozark Food Harvest, Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, Free Soccer Clinic and the Bee Payne Stewart Strut event
Jennifer Willms, UNI, Volleyball, Senior
  • Dean's List (every semester Fall 2009-Spring 2012)
  • UNI Honors program (Fall 2009 to present)
  • First Team MVC Scholar Athlete (Fall 2011)
  • Packaged meals and restocked shelves at the North East Iowa Food Bank
  • Sartori Hospital volunteer server
  • Game nights with Western Communities Lutheran Home and Ridgeway Place Home
  • Orchard Hill Elementary School Fun Fair volunteer
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation golf outing volunteer
  • Earth Day Tree Planting volunteer
  • Exceptional Persons Inc. (EPI) volunteer
  • Cedar Valley Arboretum Tree Planting
  • Boys and Girls Club sport skills day
  • Girl Scouts - National Girls and Women in Sports Day
  • Fundraised and walked in Relay for Life
  • Cedar Bend Humane Society volunteer
  • National Walk to School Day
  • Team leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Fall 2010-present)
  • UNI Pre-Medical Club (Fall 2009-present)
Bailey Yeager, Southern Illinois, Volleyball, Senior
  • 3.92 cumulative GPA
  • Academic Dean's List (eight semesters)
  • MVC Scholar-Athlete Team - Honorable Mention
  • MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award (2010-11, 2011-12)
  • MVC Scholar Athlete of the Week (September 19, 2012)
  • SAAC Volleyball representative
  • MVC Conference Honor Roll (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12)
  • Ruth Berry and Thomas A Newton Endowed Athletic Scholarship Recipient (2012)
  • Co-Community Service Chair for SAAC
  • Kicking It for Harrisburg Tornado Victims Kickball Tournament
  • Family Reading Night volunteer
  • Natalie's Toy Drive for Cardinal Glennon Hospital
  • Coordinator of the Student-Athlete bonfire
  • Volunteered at the American Heart Association Car Wash, Saluki Pride Car Wash, SIU Athletics Thank-A-Thon, SIU Athletics Halloween Bash
Samantha Shukla, Wichita State, Cross Country, Junior
  • 3.852 GPA in Psychology
  • Dean's List (four semesters)
  • Athletic Director's Honor Roll (four semesters)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive volunteer
  • Wichita Prairie Fire Marathon volunteer
  • Kansas Food Bank Warehouse volunteer
  • Shocks, Cops and Kids volunteer
  • Trunk-or-Treat volunteer
  • Fuel Up to Play speaking opportunity
  • Lady Bugg House volunteer
  • Pen Pal program with Goddard Intermediate Learning Center
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