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    McWhorter And Davis Nominees: Mississippi State

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 30 – Tennis player Louis Cant and soccer player Kim Pettit have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship and baseball player Caleb Reed and softball player Misty Flesher been nominated for the Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship by Mississippi State University.

    The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship has been presented by the Southeastern Conference since 1986 to the league’s top male and female scholar-athletes. 

    The SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship was named for former Associate Commissioner Brad Davis.  Davis succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006.  He had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner.

    The Southeastern Conference will name the 2012 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 6 in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day.  The Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship winners will be announced on April 5.

    Highlights of the Bulldogs’ nominees include:

    Louis Cant, Tennis (Male McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)
    •    Will earn a B.S. degree in Kinesiology in Fall 2012
    •    SEC Academic Honor Roll member
    •    Three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete selection
    •    MSU President’s Scholar and Bulldog Honor Roll member
    •    Has earned top 40 national ranking in singles and ranked 7th in doubles
    •    Doubles champion, Southern Intercollegiate Championships
    •    Member of Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America All-District Team\
    •    Participated in Bully’s Book Blitz, reading to fourth-grade students and encouraging them to read
    •    Volunteered for the SEC’s “Together We Can” food drive
    •    The Brugge, Belgium native is the son of Peit Cant and Agnes Geogebeur

    Kim Pettit, Soccer (Female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)
    •    Will earn B.S. degree in Psychology in May 2012
    •    Member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
    •    President’s Scholar List and Bulldog Honor Roll at MSU
    •    Member of SEC Academic Honor Roll
    •    Member of SEC Soccer Community Service Team, 2011
    •    President (2011-12), Vice-President (2010-11) and Treasurer (2009-10) of M-Club, State’s student-athlete community service organization
    •    Two-year member of MSU Student-Athlete Advisory Council
    •    Spokesperson for “Bully’s Choice” campaign, created to talk about alcohol choices to high school students
    •    Four-year letter winner and two year captain of Bulldog soccer team
    •    The Madison, Miss. native is the daughter of Ron and Tracey Pettit 

    Caleb Reed, Baseball (Male Davis Community Service Nominee)
    •    Will earn a B.B.A degree in Business Administration in May 2012
    •    Member of SEC Baseball Community Service Team, 2011
    •    Participated in the SEC’s “Together We Can” food drive and the “Soles4Souls” campaign, collecting shoes to send to underprivileged kids in Kenya
    •    Worked summer baseball camps, helping local kids learn to play the game
    •    Participated in Bully’s Book Blitz, reading to fourth-grade students and encouraging them to read
    •    Has spoken to children at local church and youth groups, encouraging them to keep good grades and staying positive
    •    Captain of this year’s Bulldog squad and a pre-season All-American pitcher
    •    Second-team All-SEC, 2011 and was third in the league in earned run average and saves
    •    Volunteered with Habitat For Humanity
    •    The Cleveland, Miss. native is the son of Bob and Theresa Reed
     
    Misty Flesher, Softball (Female Davis Community Service Nominee)
    •    Earned a B.S. degree (Cum Laude) in Elementary Education in December 2011 and currently enrolled in masters program in Instructional Technology at State
    •    Helped with four-year-olds and kindergarten class at Akin Village Preschool
    •    Tutored children at Sudduth Elementary School
    •    Participated in Bully’s Book Blitz, reading to fourth-grade students and encouraging them to read
    •    Worked with young girls at summer softball camps at MSU and around state of Mississippi
    •    Taught a fourth-grade class in Fall 2011 at East Oktibbeha County Elementary School
    •    Co-President of MSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, 2009-11
    •    Member of the National Collegiate Honorary Society, 2008-11
    •    Organized and lead MSU’s Thanksgiving can food drive, bringing in more than 4,000 pounds of food
    •    Volunteered with Habitat for Humanity
    •    Member of MSU’s President’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List, MSU Bulldog Honor Roll and SEC Academic Honor Roll
    •    National Fastpitch Coaches Association Academic All-American, 2010-11
    •    Member of Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization, 2008-09
    •    The Lone Grove, Okla. native is the daughter of Mike and Sharon Flesher
     
    The SEC Office will be releasing each of its institution’s nominees periodically until the April 6 winners are announced.  The schedule is as follows:

    Alabama – McWhorter:  Kyle Weeks, swimming & diving; Brooke Pancake, golf; Davis:  Nate Corder, track & field / cross country; Leigh Gilmore, track & field / cross country

    Arkansas – McWhorter:  Ben Skidmore, track & field; Courtney O’Grady, swimming & diving; Davis:  Matt Walters, Tennis; Kelli Stipanovich, Volleyball

    Auburn – McWhorter:  Cory Luckie, baseball; Katy Frierson, soccer; Davis:  John Stembridge, golf; Laura Lane, gymnastics        

    Florida – McWhorter:  Greg Larson, Baseball; Teresa Crippen, Swimming & Diving; Davis:  Brian Howell, Swimming & Diving; Joanna Mather, Tennis

    Georgia – McWhorter:  J.P. Hackney, Track & Field; Wendy Trott, Swimming & Diving; Davis:  Aron White, Football; Kathleen Gates, Volleyball

    Kentucky – McWhorter:  Stuart Hines, Football; Rachel Riley, Softball; Davis:  Jake Lewellen, Football; Ann Armes, Volleyball

    LSU – McWhorter:  Matthew Vieke, Swimming & Diving; Brittany Mack, Softball; Cullen Doody, Track & Field / Cross Country; Ashley Applegate, Softball

    Ole Miss – McWhorter:  Marcel Thiemann, Tennis; Gabriela Rangel, Tennis; Davis:  Devin Thomas, Football; Amanda Hutcheson, Softball

    Miss. State – McWhorter:  Louis Cant, Tennis; Kim Pettit, Soccer; Davis:  Caleb Reed, Baseball; Misty Flesher, Softball

    South Carolina – April 2

    Tennessee – April 3

    Vanderbilt – April 4

    National Student-Athlete Day was created in 1987 by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, and presented by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

    National Student-Athlete Day is held each April 6 to celebrate outstanding student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics while having made significant contributions to the community. It is also a time to recognize those parents, teachers, coaches and school systems which make it possible for young people to find the balance between academics and athletics.

    Each year, the SEC, in conjunction with AT&T, an SEC Corporate Champion sponsor, provides the league’s male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients with a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship.  The 22 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship.  The Davis Award recipients each receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by the SEC.  The 22 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship.

    The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 12 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla. on May 31.

    Last year’s McWhorter Award recipients were Dan Mazzaferro and Erica Meissner, both members of the Auburn swimming & diving teams.  The Davis Award recipients were Ole Miss track & field athlete Barnabus Kirui and Georgia track & field athlete Bridget Lyons.