May 3, 2021 |
The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar prize is part of Different"The quarter-century legacy of recognizing exceptional young men and women from minority groups who have distinguished themselves in their academic and athletic pursuits.
In addition to their athletic skills, students are named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars 2021 students of color who have achieved a cumulative average of at least 3.5, are at least a sophomore academic, and have been active on their campuses or in their communities. Of the nearly 1,000 academic athletes nominated, ten female athletes and ten male athletes are selected as finalists. Meet the female finalists below:
Water polo player Riley Agerbeek, a senior master's degree in law at San José State University, had her best season statistically in 2020, scoring 18 goals in 12 games for the San José State water polo team. Agerbeek is a two-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic team honoree and was a member of the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches' all-academic teams from 2018, 2019 and 2020. She is currently team representative at the Student for the second year in a row. -Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) of San José State University and is the publicity chair of SAAC for the 2020-21 academic year.
Jessica Drop, a senior major in cell biology, set the pace at the University of Georgia and set several new school records over the course of her athletic career. She ran the indoor 3000 meters at 9.11 am, the indoor 5000 meters at 3:43 pm and the outdoor 5000 meters at 3:38 pm. She is a 2018, 2019 and 2020 All-American Athlete and was named Southeastern Conference 2020 Women's Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year. As a dedicated volunteer and community service leader, Drop has a cumulative GPA of 3.9 retained.
Senior bio-engineering major Lena Greene is an All-American gymnast for Oregon State University (OSU), where she has successfully "hit" 15 of her 16 career routines and earned two jump event titles with a high score of 9.9. Greene is an active member of OSU's Dam Worth It campaign, an awareness campaign for student and athlete mental health, and is a member of the newly formed Gymnasts for Peace, Action, and Change (G-PAC) of the PAC-12 , which was created to encourage conversations about diversity, equality and inclusion. Greene is a dedicated volunteer for several non-profit organizations and has spent more than 94 hours in community service throughout her collegiate career.
Morgan State University & # 39; s Touri Holmes is a senior computer science major and an impressive bowler. She has thrown four consecutive games of 300 points – the highest score possible – achieved by bowling 12 strikes in a row. Among other awards, she is a regular member of the Dean List, MEAC Scholar-Athlete and All-American Scholar with a cumulative GPA of 3.89. Despite the pandemic, she recently served as a virtual volunteer for a Baltimore organization called Code in the Schools that introduced computer science to children in elementary school.
Olivia Johnson, a higher secondary social studies, rounds out a successful volleyball career at Southern Wesleyan University (SWU), having achieved 1,001 kills, 37 assists, 27 aces, 88 blocks and 559 digs. She was part of the Conference Carolinas All-Conference First Team in 2018 and earned the honor of being named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week that same year. As a coach, tutor and mentor of the SWU Student Success Center, Johnson is also a member of the advisory committee for student athletes. With a cumulative GPA of 3.9, she has appeared regularly on the deans list and was named at the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll in the spring of 2020.
Golfer Alisha Lau, a senior media production major at the University of Colorado, Boulder, didn't take a break when the Pac-12 canceled its fall season. Instead, she teamed up with teammate Hailey Schalk for the United States Golf Association's 4-ball qualifier. Together, the duo won, getting a 4-under 68. Lau was also included in the 2021 Golf Canada Women's Amateur Team in November. In the 2019/20 season, Lau led CU to five top 20 finishes and ended the fall by shooting below 220 in the last two tournaments. She is a 2019-20 Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll Member and a 2019-20 Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar.
Washington State University (WSU) tennis player Savanna Ly-Nguyen ended the 2020 season strongly with a record of 16-10 singles and carries that same success through to the 2021 season, currently with a team-best season record of 17-2 as of April 11. Ly-Nguyen, a junior neuroscientist, has discovered success academically as well. A two-time recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Academic Achievement Award, she currently has a cumulative GPA of 3.95 and is a regular volunteer at WSU Athletics community service events. In 2019 she represented Vietnam at the Southeast Asian Games, where she won a silver medal.
Golfer from the University of Mississippi Macy Somoskey is a talented senior math major who has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout her collegiate career, earning her a regular spot on the deans list and honor roll. A previous All-American Scholar of the Women's Golf Coaches Association, she has also proven herself on the greens. Before mid-season golf was canceled in the spring due to COVID-19, Somoskey recorded an average of 75.5 strokes. In the 2018/19 season, she averaged 77.05 strokes and took match-deciding victories for Ole Miss at the SEC Championship, playing a total of 63 holes of match play. It was Ole Miss's very first SEC title.
Chanel Thomas is a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi who has played a total of 69 games over the course of her football career, totaling 4,464 minutes on the field. In addition to her athletic success, Thomas has maintained a 4.0 GPA and received the Marcus Elvis Taylor Memorial Medal Designee – an academic honor awarded to no more than 1% of students. As an Ole Miss captain of the soccer team for three years, she helped her teammates make academic progress and assisted coaches in maintaining the academic standards for the program. She was on the honor roll of the Chancellor of the University of Mississippi for six consecutive semesters.
This article originally appeared in the April 29, 2021 issue of Diverse. read it here.