2012-13 Elite 18 Award Winners
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

ST. LOUIS -- The Elite 18 Award Program was established by the Missouri Valley Conference in the fall of 2010 to honor the highest achievement in academics and athletics by a student-athlete in each MVC-sponsored sport. Modeled after the NCAA Elite 88 Academic Recognition Award Program, the MVC Elite 18 award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average competing at the finals site at each of the MVC’s 18 team championships.

The selection process varies for each sport, and winners are chosen from a list of nominations submitted by MVC institutions. For the team sports of soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, baseball and softball, the winner will be chosen from the two teams participating in the championship game or match. For cross country, golf, swimming and diving, and track and field, the winners will be chosen from nominated student-athletes who have met a athletic performance threshold (for instance, in cross country, the eligible student-athletes must have finished among the top 10 at the championship meet).

The recipients were honored during the awards ceremony at the conclusion of the championship.

The list of Elite 18 honorees is highlighted by eight 4.00 GPA selections with three student-athletes winning the award in back-to-back years. Ten different schools are represented.

2012-13 Elite 18 Winners 
Name, School


Major Sport
Elise Sigg, Illinois State 4.00


Women's Cross Country    

Brogan Austin, Drake 3.59 Secondary Education-Mathematics Men's Cross Country         
Anna Stinson, Illinois State 4.00 Exercise Science/Spanish Women's Soccer               
Ryan Bauer, SIUE 3.91 Physics Men's Soccer                   
Brooke Boggs, Creighton 3.91 Health Administration & Policy - Business Minor Volleyball
Shailey Brumley, Southern Illinois 4.00 Exercise Science Swimming & Diving
Sarah McMahon, Bradley 4.00 English Women's Indoor Track & Field
Kelly Steffen, Indiana State 4.00 Mathematics Education Women's Indoor Track & Field
Max Tuttle, Indiana State 3.73 Physical Education Exercise Science Men's Indoor Track & Field
Ehimen Orukpe, Wichita State 3.52 Field Major - Mathematics Men's Basketball
Chloe Nelson, Illinois State 3.96 Psychology Women's Basketball
Katie Jean, Illinois State 3.91 Actuarial Science Women's Golf
Lucia Kovalova, Wichita State 3.74 International Business Women's Tennis
Alen Salibasic, Drake 4.00 International Business & Finance Men's Tennis
Quinn Vilneff, Evansville 3.94 Sport Management Men's Golf
Jamie Fisher, UNI 3.67 Leisure Youth & Human Services Softball
Sadie Darnell, Southern Illinois 4.00 Elementary Education Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Stevan Jordan, Drake 4.00 Pre-Pharmacy Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Paul DeJong, Illinois State 3.76 Biochemistry Baseball