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.
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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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