JONESBORO, Ark. (4/29/19) – Hosting the 7th Annual “State Awards,” the Arkansas State Athletics Department brought all of the Red Wolves together Monday night at First National Bank Arena to celebrate their academic success, athletic achievements and community service for the 2018-19 year.
The event was highlighted by the announcement of Arkansas State’s major award winners from this year, but also featured a dinner, presentation of senior rings, videos, special recognitions for others who contribute to the success of A-State Athletics and more.
Three-time Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Offensive Player of the Year Carlisa May and Sun Belt Football Player of the Year Justice Hansen were named the recipients of the Terry Gwin Award. The award is named after former football player Terry Gwin and based on leadership, citizenship, scholarship and athletic performance.
The Scott and Kay Dawson award went to junior women’s basketball player Starr Taylor and senior baseball player Casey Vaughn. The criteria for the award includes, but is not limited to, excellence in service, attitude, loyalty, character and leadership.
The Dr. Tim and Terri Langford Award, the highest academic honor within A-State Athletics and presented for excelling academically while demonstrating a commitment to academic integrity, Arkansas State University and the community, was issued to Sammy Brainard. The junior track and field student-athlete holds a 3.904 cumulative GPA while working on a double degree in biology and chemistry.
The H.T. “Pug” Winters Degree Completion Award went to Anaelle Charles, a junior on the women’s track and field team. Senior women’s soccer play Riley Ebenroth and senior pole vaulter Michael Carr earned the Tom and Anna Belle Akers Family Degree Completion Award, while the Billie Gene Davidson Degree Completion Award was issued to senior football player Brandon Byner.
The Red Wolves’ 2018-19 female Freshman of the Year winner was Osereme Erewele of the track and field team, and running back Marcel Murray of the football team was tabbed as the male winner.
A-State’s Newcomers of the Year were junior Kirk Merritt of the football team and Emma Nwofor of the track and field team.
The event began with music and a social function when student-athletes visited with those in attendance and posed for photos. They also enjoyed a buffet dinner before the program began with a welcome from radio play-by-play announcer Matt Stolz, who served as master of ceremonies.
Following a brief recognition of distinguished guests, A-State Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics began the official program with introductory remarks to A-State’s student-athletes.
In addition to Mohajir, men’s golf head coach Mike Hagen and Vaughn both addressed the crowd. As part of the event, Dr. Lynita Cooksey was presented with an Athletics Department Service Award, and the evening continued with a Team GPA Award issued to the women’s golf, football and volleyball teams.
An Athletics Director’s Honor Roll recognition ensued, as well as a recognition of the A-State Spirt squads showing the athletics department’s appreciation for their dedicated involvement with A-State Athletics.
Not only were the student-athletes presented their All-Sun Belt Conference trophies for this year, there was an NCAA Championships recognition for the women’s bowling and men’s golf teams.
The evening concluded when Mohajir recognized the seniors sport-by-sport for their commitment and contributions to Arkansas State University and Red Wolves Athletics throughout their career by presenting them with their senior rings.