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Sammy Snygg is congratulated by teammates in the circle at the Kajikawa Classic earlier this season.
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Softball's Snygg Claims MVC Leadership & Service Award

ST. LOUIS -- In an effort to honor the achievements of exceptional student-athletes, the Missouri Valley Conference has created the MVC Leadership & Service Award (formerly the Good Neighbor Award). Commissioner Doug Elgin recently named the ten student-athlete honorees for the 2012-13 spring season.
 
This year’s spring honorees include Ashton Kalhorn, Bradley, Men's Tennis, Junior; Sammy Snygg, Creighton, Softball, Senior; Conor Wells, Drake, Men's Track & Field, Sophomore; Kelly Lamarche, Evansville, Women's Golf, Sophomore; Nichelle Harrison, Illinois State, Softball, Junior; Devin Moore, Indiana State, Baseball, Senior; Kimsue Grant, Missouri State, Women's Track & Field, Senior; Samantha Cameron, UNI, Women's Track & Field, Senior; Lucas Cherry, Southern Illinois, Men's Track & Field, Senior; Melanie Jaegers, Wichita State, Softball, Sophomore.
 
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.
 
Ashton Kalhorn, Bradley, Men's Tennis, Junior
 
    Maintains a 4.0 GPA
    Dean's List (Fall 2010, Spring '11, Fall '11, Spring '12, Fall '12)
    MVC Honor Roll (Fall 2010, Spring '11, Fall '11, Spring '12, Fall '12)
    Athletic Director's Honor Roll (Fall 2010, Spring '11, Fall '11, Spring '12, Fall '12)
    Played and organized two charity piano concerts for Easter Seals (raised over $2,400)
    OSF Emergency Room volunteer on Saturday evenings
    Former SAAC Men's Tennis Representative
    Just Read volunteer
    Bradley Athletics Student-Athlete Day volunteer
 
Sammy Snygg, Creighton, Softball, Senior
 
    3.837 cumulative GPA in Exercise Science
    2012 MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week (April 11)
    Omaha Police Department's annual Cops and Bobbers volunteer
    Salvation Army volunteer
    UNMC Child Life Program volunteer
    Sports for Kids Auction volunteer
    Pass the Bucket volunteer
    Family Fun Festival volunteer
    Muscular Dystrophy Association volunteer
 
Conor Wells, Drake, Men's Track & Field, Sophomore
 
    President's List (Fall 2011, Fall '12)
    Dean's List (Spring 2012)
    SAAC Community Outreach Committee Chair
    Penny War and Adopt-a-Family programs coordinator
    Best Buddies Drake Chapter volunteer
    Events coordinator and future vice president of the Best Buddies Drake Chapter
    Capital Pursuit Road race volunteer (2012 & 2013)
 
Kelly Lamarche, Evansville, Women's Golf, Sophomore
 
    4.0 cumulative GPA in Biology, Professional
    Dean's List (Fall 2011, Spring '12, Fall '12)
    Race for the Cure volunteer
    Holly's House volunteer
    Adopt-A-Highway volunteer
    Warrick County Humane Society volunteer
    Aces of Hearts volunteer
    Hebron Elementary reading program
    Mesker Park Zoo - Boo at the Zoo program
    Tri-State Food Bank volunteer
    Relay for Life volunteer
    Lodge Elementary reading program
    Vogel Elementary reading program
    Holy Spirit Elementary reading program
    Monster Mash volunteer
    Aid Research volunteer
    SAAC Canned Food Drive volunteer
    Local Thrift Store painting volunteer
    Trick or Eat project with Greek Organization volunteer
 
Nichelle Harrison, Illinois State, Softball, Junior
 
    3.91 cumulative GPA
    Honor Roll (Fall 2009, Spring '10, Fall '10, Spring '11, Fall '11, Spring '12, Fall '12)
    Illinois State University Scholar
    Presidential Scholar
    Illinois State SAAC member
    MVC SAAC representative
    Salvation Army bell ringer
    Christmas for Kids event (sponsored by the Mclean County Chamber of Commerce)
    Participated in a family reading night with the local school district
 
Devin Moore, Indiana State, Baseball, Senior
 
    Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business (Marketing Management major)
    Indiana State University Dean's List
    Indiana State University Honor Roll
    Indiana State University Scholar-Athlete
    Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society
    Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
    MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week
    Mentor for student-athletes
    Tutor for student-athletes
    Career Athletes intern
    Lead and organized an Indiana State University clothing drive
    Designed a floor plan for the Lighthouse Mission
    Creating a feasibility study for Mental Health Association's sheltered workplace
    The Community Table Charities volunteer
    Girl Scouts of America
    Career Development Center volunteer
    Goose Poop Run volunteer
    Designing surveys for Terre Foods Cooperative
    Creating an Integrated Marketing Communications plan for Starbase Indy
    CAPS analysis for Boys and Girls Club
 
Kimsue Grant, Missouri State, Women's Track & Field, Senior
 
    MVC Scholar-Athlete Team (2011-12)
    Missouri State Athletics Director's Honor Roll (2011-12, 2012-13)
    Dean's List (five semesters)
    Friends Against Hunger-Meals a Million packing event volunteer
    Relay for Life volunteer
    Volunteered at the Springfield Women's Shelter
    The Kitchen volunteer (a soup kitchen)
    Boys and Girls Town of Missouri volunteer
    Boys and Girls Club
    Champions Committed to Kids member
    Kathy Collins Spirit Award recipient
 
Samantha Cameron, UNI, Women's Track & Field, Senior
 
    3.53 cumulative GPA in Physical Education Teaching
    Dean's List (five semesters)
    All-MVC Indoor Track (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
    All-MVC Outdoor Track (2011, 2012)
    MVC Scholar-Athlete Team (2011, 2012)
    Women's Track & Field SAAC representative (since 2010)
    SAAC 2013 Co-Vice President
    Organized and facilitated many community service projects involving UNI student-athletes
    Organized the "Gold Game" program - promoting sportsmanship and support amongst UNI athletics teams
    Conducted educational activities for the residents at Western Retirement Home
    Special Olympics volunteer
    Boys and Girls Club volunteer - promoted good attitudes and hard work through sports
    Mississippi Valley Track Club mentor
    Junior Panther Day - mentored elementary aged children in track events
    Soles 4 Souls - collected donated shoes for those in need
    Hoover Elementary Special Education Classroom volunteer
    Northeast Iowa Food Bank volunteer
    Red Cross volunteer - updated office information and prepared for upcoming events
 
Lucas Cherry, Southern Illinois, Men's Track & Field, Senior
 
    1st Team Capital One Academic All-District Award
    MVC President's Council Academic Excellence Award
    Two-time MVC Elite 18 Award
    Two-time MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award
    Three-Time MVC Honor Roll
    MVC Scholar-Athlete (two-time Outdoor Track & Field, once Cross Country)
    Dean's List (all semesters)
    SIU College of Business Outstanding Senior of the Year
    SIU College of Business Outstanding Junior & Senior of Accountancy
    Deloitte & Touche LLP Outstanding Junior in Accounting Award
    Emeritus & Annuitant Scholarship
    SIU Credit Union Scholarship
    SIU Provost Scholarship
    Psychology 102 "Outstanding Achievement" (top 5% out of 758 students)
    Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship
    Ranked in top 1% of intermediate accounting
    Victory Dream Center volunteer (2011-Present)
    International Missions (2002-2012)
    Bridging the Gap Guest Speaker (2010)
    MVC/State Farm "Just Read" (2010-2012)
    Storm Recovery Program volunteer (2010)
    Habitat for Humanity-Alternative Spring Break participant (2012)
    Parrish Elementary School Carnival Night volunteer (2009-2012)
    Fellowship of Christian Athletes Event Speaker & Camp Counselor (2009-2012)
    Reality Youth Center Youth Leader (2009-Present)
    SIU Student-Athlete Talent Show (2012, 2013)
    Parrish Pumpkin Festival volunteer (2010)
    Carruthers Elementary Family Reading Night volunteer (2011)
 
Melanie Jaegers, Wichita State, Softball, Sophomore
 
    3.782 GPA in Exercise Science
    Dean's List (three semesters)
    Athletic Director's Honor Roll (three semesters)
    Pen Pal Program with Maize Elementary School participant
    SWIPE Out Hunger volunteer
    MVC "Just Read" Program volunteer with L'Ouverture Elementary
    Rainbows United "Pictures with Santa" volunteer
    Shockers Helping Hands - Habitat for Humanity volunteer
    Salvation Army Bell Ringing
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