May 17, 2013
SPRINGFIELD -- A group of 46 Missouri State University student-athletes will receive their degrees at three spring commencement ceremonies at JQH Arena today (May 17), and MSU golfer Daily Young (Springfield, Mo.) was named as the winner of the 59th Annual Virgil Cheek Athletic Achievement Award.
The Virgil Cheek Award has been given annually since 1955 to the graduating senior male student-athlete best demonstrating high qualities in scholarship, character, attendance, leadership and athletic performance. The award is named in honor of the long-time Missouri State faculty athletics representative and business faculty member and selected by the six men's intercollegiate athletics head coaches.
Young was a two-time All-MVC selection and now holds the MSU career scoring average record of 74.04. He was named the 2010-11 MVC Newcomer of the Year and finished second on the Bears’ career wins list with three individual victories. He earned MVC Golfer of the Week honors seven times in his career – the seventh-best total in Missouri Valley Conference history.
He was named an Academic All American by the Golf Coaches Association of America in 2011-12 finishing the year with a 3.22 cumulative GPA. Young is also active with numerous individual service activities, including Boys & Girls Club, The Gardens Unassisted Living, Boys & Girls Town, A Sporting Chance, Ozarks Food Harvest, Just Read, Adopt-A-Street cleanup, Victory Mission and numerous junior golf clinics.
Including August and December 2012 ceremonies, a total of 80 current and former Missouri State student-athletes have earned their degrees during the 2012-13 academic year. Spring commencement has seen 537 student-athletes complete their degrees over the last 10 years, while more than 250 former Bears have graduated in all commencement ceremonies over the last three years.
Football and women's soccer each have eight spring graduates to lead all programs, with women's swimming & diving and women's track and field close behind with six apiece. The field hockey (4), softball (3), men's basketball (2), men's soccer (2), women's basketball (2), women's golf (2), baseball (1), men's golf (1), men's swimming & diving (1) programs will also be represented during Friday's commencement exercises.
The 2013 spring graduation list includes 16 MSU student-athletes graduating with academic honors. Five student-athletes earned the top academic honor of summa cum laude with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.90 or higher, including Lacey Boshe (women's basketball), Jay Butts (men's soccer), Jody McFarlen (women's soccer), Ashton Stubbs (track and field) and Chelsea Voet (women's soccer). Six student-athletes compiled GPAs in the 3.75-3.89 range to earn magna cum laude distinction: Steph Anderson (field hockey), Amy Boween (women's golf), Emma Clegg (women's golf), Jeny McGrath (women's soccer) and Michelle Sommer (women's soccer). Five additional student-athletes finished with GPAs in the 3.50 to 3.74 range to garner cum laude laurels, including Kelly Caldwell (women's soccer), Amber Green (women's swimming), Chelsey Medlock (field hockey), Stevie Pierce (softball), and Nicole Thate (track and field).
Three MSU student-athletes -- Boshe, Bowen and McFarlen -- completed their undergraduate degrees with additional scrutiny in the Honors College.
A year ago, 57 student-athletes earned undergraduate or graduate degrees in the May 2012 ceremonies. The top graduating classes on record for Missouri State athletics are: May 2006 (64), May 2004 (61), May 2009 (61), May 2005 (59), May 2007 (57), May 2008 (57), May 2012 (57).
Missouri State University will confer a total of 1,829 bachelor’s degrees, 528 master’s degrees, eight specialist degrees and 39 doctorate degrees on Friday. Beyond the standard expectations, 548 students will be recognized for their work with a more rigorous curriculum in Missouri State’s Honors College. Scholastic honors will be given to 114 students who will graduate summa cum laude, 165 who will graduate magna cum laude and 269 who will graduate cum laude.
The two remaining awards to be selected for the 2012-13 academic year will be named at the conclusion of all Missouri State athletics competition for the year when the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Senior Female Scholar Athlete Award for the graduating senior with the highest GPA, and the Missouri State Outstanding Female Athlete Award will be presented.
SPRING 2013 MSU ATHLETICS
Baseball (1): Derek Locascio (Organizational Communication)
Field Hockey (3): Steph Anderson (Print & Internet Journalism), Casey Bayliss (Print & Internet Journalism), Chelsey Medlock (Logistics and Supply Chain Management)
Football (8): Andre Anderson (Psychology), James Caine (Sociology), Jake Duron (Political Science), Pat Fornadel (Criminology), Rodney Kelly (Sport and Park Administration), Anthony Lee (Health and Wellness Promotion), Harrison Menke (Political Science), Tim Williams (Physical Education).
Men's Basketball (1): Anthony Downing (Criminology)
Men's Golf (1): Mark Hogan (General Business)
Men's Soccer (2): Jay Butts (Athletic Training), Nikolas Markos (Entrepreneurship)
Softball (3): Lauren Eisenreich (Psychology), Stevie Pierce (Psychology), Natalie Rose (Criminology)
Women's Basketball (2): Lacey Boshe (Cell & Molecular Biology), Christiana Shorter (Criminology)
Women's Golf (2): Amy Bowen (Marketing Management), Emma Clegg (Geotourism)
Women's Soccer (8): Logan Bisbee (Biology Education), Kelly Caldwell (Fashion Merchandising), Katelyn Frederickson (Dietetics), Jody McFarlen (Multimedia Studies), Jeny McGrath (Exercise & Movement Science), Amy Patterson (Criminology), Michelle Sommer (Cell & Molecular Biology), Chelsea Voet (Exercise & Movement Science)
Women's Swimming & Diving (5): Skylar Allen (Hospitality & Restaurant Administration), Jordynn Brown (Elementary Education), Amber Green (Logistics and Supply Chain Management), Rachel Looker (Geology), Brittany Winter (Hospitality & Restaurant Administration).
Women's Track & Field (6): Jordan Bond (Graphic Design), Andrea Marshall (General Business), Monica Smith (Public Relations), Ashton Stubbs (Exercise & Movement Science), Maggie Sutor (Exercise & Movement Science), Nicole Thate (Exercise & Movement Science).
Field Hockey (1): Jennifer Portell (M.S., Sports Management)
Men's Basketball (1): Isaiah Rhine (M.S., Speech-Language Pathology)
Men's Swimming & Diving (1): Ignacio Gayo (M.S., Sports Management)
Women's Swimming & Diving (1): Torrie Villasenor (GRCT, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Past Virgil Cheek Award Recipients
1955 Jerry Anderson, basketball-track
1956 Ron Whitaker, football
1957 George Simpson, track
1958 Max Oldham, basketball
1959 Russ Robinson, basketball
1960 Charlie Finley, football-track
1961 Jerry Stockard, basketball
1962 Carl Wilks, basketball
1963 Edsel Matthews, basketball
1964 Rich Johanningmeier, football
1965 Jerry Boyer, football
1966 Dan Young, football
1967 Bill Douglass, football-track
1968 Dennis Scott, football
1969 Danny Cook, baseball
1970 Bill Lamberson, track
1971 Chuck Williams, basketball
1972 Bob Curl, basketball-track
1973 Eric Thompson, basketball
1974 Randy Magers, basketball-baseball
1975 Bob Grana, football
1976 Kent Stringer, football
1977 John Prasuhn, track-cross country
1978 Terry Kasper, football-baseball
1979 Ron Snider, baseball
1980 Mitch Ware, football
1981 Bobby Biser, golf
1982 Mark Daniels, football
1983 Darrin Newbold, football
1984 Anthony Boggs, basketball
1985 Brian Smith, basketball
1986 Phil Schlegel, basketball
1987 Scott Hickox, basketball
1988 Preston Estes, football
1989 Scott Hartwig, football
1990 Chris Stange, basketball
1991 Jeff Eiserman, golf
1992 Tim McDuffey, football
1993 Chad Lakin, baseball
1994 Jim Prendergast, wrestling
1995 Chad Gardner, cross country-track
1996 Dan Kneeshaw, football-baseball
1997 Brad Barnes, soccer
1998 Neal McNamara, tennis
1999 Derek Jensen, football
2000 Brad St. Louis, football
2001 Matt White, football
2002 Jason Ringena, football
2003 Blake Boldon, cross country-track
2004 Rishi Garbharran, tennis
2005 Brad Durham, football
2006 Nathan Platz, soccer
2007 Mike Radon, football
2008 David Tillman, football
2009 Chris Playter, baseball
2010 Justin Fuehrmeyer, basketball
2011 David Arkin, football
2012 Heath Melugin, soccer
2013 Daily Young, golf