MVC Leadership & Service Spring Awards Announced
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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).  Ten student-athletes have been named by Commissioner Doug Elgin as the honorees for the 2012-13 spring season.

This year’s spring honorees include Ashton Kalhorn, Bradley, Men's Tennis, Junior; Sammy Snygg, Creighton, Softball, Senior; Conor Wells, Drake, Men's Track & Field, Sophomore; Kelly Lamarche, Evansville, Women's Golf, Sophomore; Nichelle Harrison, Illinois State, Softball, Junior; Devin Moore, Indiana State, Baseball, Senior; Kimsue Grant, Missouri State, Women's Track & Field, Senior; Samantha Cameron, UNI, Women's Track & Field, Senior; Lucas Cherry, Southern Illinois, Men's Track & Field, Senior; Melanie Jaegers, Wichita State, Softball, Sophomore.

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

Sammy Snygg, Creighton, Softball, Senior

  • 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

Conor Wells, Drake, Men's Track & Field, Sophomore

  • 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

Nichelle Harrison, Illinois State, Softball, Junior

  • 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

Kimsue Grant, Missouri State, Women's Track & Field, Senior

  • 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

Samantha Cameron, UNI, Women's Track & Field, Senior

  • 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)

Melanie Jaegers, Wichita State, Softball, Sophomore

  • 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