ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- In an effort to honor model 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 this fall.
Fall honorees include Katie Nowak, Bradley; Claire Zach, Creighton; Mason Bucklin, Drake; Blake Schneider, Evansville; Ruth Zemke, Illinois State; Scott Keeney, Indiana State; Terry Phillips, Missouri State; Chelsie Hochstedler, UNI; Tony Colletti, Southern Illinois; Kim Wadsworth, Wichita State.
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 sponsors 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!"
Katie Nowak, Bradley, Women's Cross Country/ Track & Field, Sr.
Top 3 Mechanical Engineering Sr. Project (2008-09)
MVC First Team Scholar Athlete (2007-08)
Bradley Country Financial Student-Athlete of the Week
Prairie Farms MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week
Athletic Director's Honor Roll (2006-08)
Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award (2008-09)
MVC Honor Roll (2006-08)
Just Read (2006-09)
Buddy with the Braves (2007-09)
Cady's Kids (2007)
IVS Half Marathon (2005-09)
Peoria Park District (Harry Potter to Hogwarts, Peoria Zoo Run)
YMCA Halloween Party (2005-09)
Megan Fong Blood & Bone Marrow Drive (2006-09)
Mock Crash Victim (2005)
Claire Zach, Creighton, Women's Soccer, Jr.
Dean's List: All four semesters on campus (Fall 2007 to Present)
2008: Honorable Mention MVC Scholar-Athlete Team
2009: CoSIDA Academic All-District VII Second Team
2009: MVC All-Conference Honorable Mention
Liz Karnes Female Athlete Scholarship Recipient for leadership, adversity, athletics and academics
Ratio Studiorum Decurion-Freshman Student Leader
Creighton University Medical Center Volunteer: May 2009-present
8th grade girls basketball coach: organize and coach practices/games at least 3x a week: October 2007-March 2009
Operation Others: package and deliver food to underprivileged families around Christmas time: December 2007, 2008
Habitat for Humanity Women's Build: June 2009
Multiple philanthropic events through Gamma Phi Beta sorority
Campfire USA - January 2008-present
Service Trips - January 2008-present
Big Jays Lil' Jays Mentoring Program
Volunteer soccer coach at clinics for underprivileged kids in the community
Jays Night Out
Holiday Collection for Siena Francis House
Mason Bucklin, Drake, Football, Sr.
Recipient of both the Presidential and Board of Trustees Scholarships.
Four-time Dean's list recipient
Fifth year senior pursuing his Doctor of Pharmacy, anticipated in May 2011 (6-yr program).
Member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
Student pharmacist since April 2007 at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, while also doing rotations at the State of Iowa Insurance Division, Walgreen's Pharmacy, and Hy-Vee Pharmacy
Community service captain for the Drake Football team
Coordinated team efforts of 10-hours per week at various elementary schools participating in reading programs.
Active member of Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity, and has volunteered with the Breakfast Club, the Salvation Army Canteen, and with Light the Night.
Sings in the Drake Choir
Member of the Singing Valentine Committee.
Regularly volunteers at the Blank's Children's Hospital Emergency Room, assisting children and their families.
Blake Schneider, Evansville, Men's Soccer, So.
Dean's List (1st 2 semesters)
Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll (1st 2 semesters)
Student-Athlete Advisor Committee (SAAC)
Volunteer at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Kick the Cold, Give a Coat'
Participated in 'Kick It For the Cure' soccer match to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
University of Evansville Soccer Youth Clinics
Integra Bank Score with the Aces Reading Program
Kick for Nick': collected used soccer balls to send to children in Iraq
Circle K Special Ed Program': collaborative effort with the University of Evansville Circle K club to offer the opportunity for high school students who were physically or mentally handicapped to have a senior prom.
Riley Walkathon': walked in support of Green River Kiwanis and their work with Riley.
Ruth Zemke, Illinois State, Women's Soccer, Jr.
MVC Honor Roll Every Semester
AFNI Honor Roll
Dean's List Sophomore Yr.
MVC State Farm Just Read Program
Christmas For Kids
Habitat for Humanity
American Red Cross Evening With the Stars
Scott Keeney, Indiana State, Cross Country, Sr.
Athletic Director's Honor Roll (4 yrs.)
MVC Honor Roll (4 yrs.)
MVC Scholar-Athlete Team Selection (06-07 & 07-08 & 08-09)
ESPN The Magazine Academic All District First Team (07-08 & 08-09)
2008 ISU Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year
08-09 MVC Track & Field and Cross Country Scholar-Athlete Team
USTFCCA Academic All-American
Presidential Scholarship Recipient
Treasurer of SAAC
Take Back the Night Fundraiser (Domestic Violence/sexual assault)
St' Ann's Clinic Volunteer (clinic for people without health insurance who have low income levels)
Terry Phillips, Missouri State, Women's Cross Country, Jr.
4.0 GPA as Chemistry/Biochemistry Major
MSU Academic Board of Governors Scholarship Recipient
MVC Scholar Athlete of the Week Recipient
MVC Scholar Athlete Squad
U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team
MVC SACC Representative
Author of MSU Student-Athlete Newsletter
Active Just Read Participant
Assisted with Adopt-A-Street Cleanuo
Assisted with Kids Cross Country Race in Springfield
Chelsie Hochstedler, UNI, Women's Soccer, Jr.
Marketing Major with 3.04 Cumulative GPA
Volunteer in the marketing dept. at UNI
Responsible for planning and coordinating UNI's Kickin' Cancer match against Illinois State on Oct. 14.
Responsible for writing and distributing a weekly e-newsletter for all members of the Panther Scholarship Club (PSC). The newsletter features updates on all Panther team as well as information for club members with regard to events, tickets, parking, etc.
Tony Colletti, Southern Illinois, Football, Sr.
SIU Saluki Scholar (3.00 GPA) (2005-09)
MVFC Honor Roll (2006-09)
MVFC Commissioners Academic Excellence Award (2007-09)
SIU Dean's List (4 semesters)
MVC State Farm Just Read (2005-present)
Parrish School Sports Night (2007-09)
Saluki Kids Night Out (2008 & 09)
Souper Bowl for Hunger (2005-present)
Halloween Bash (2008, 2009)
Santa's Shoebox (2008 & 09)
Parrish Penguin Fest (2007-09)
VA Hospital Visit (2006,2007)
Relay for Life (2008)
American Red Cross Donation Collector (2 weekends in 2008)
Tutor children with learning disabilties (2009)
Anna Football Team Guest Speaker (2009)
Women's Football Clinic Guest Speaker (2009)
Jefferson Elementary Reading Night Volunteer (2008-09)
Kim Wadsworth, Wichita State, Volleyball, Sr.
Athletic Director's Honor Roll-8 Semesters
Dean's Honor Roll-3 semesters
Double Major in Business Adminstration & Biological Sciences
Minor in Management
Little Spikers (5 yrs.)
Junior Spikers (5 yrs.)
Pen Pal Program (4 yrs.)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (5 yrs.)
MVC "Just Read" programs (3 yrs.)
"Rock with the Shocks" Character Education Workshop (1 yr.)
Sedgwick County Zoo (3 yrs.)
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (2nd yr.)
Salvation Army Angel Tree Distribution Center
Recruiter for Kanakuk Camps (2 yrs.)