Earlier this week, the NAIA announced its Daktronics Scholar Athlete recipients for men's and women's basketball and competitive cheer and dance. Six Bulldogs met the NAIA's criterion and were recognized as Scholar Athletes.
The Bulldog Spirit Squad had one team member named to the Scholar Athlete team, Cali Godwin. Godwin is a junior from Wichita, majoring in Communications with a minor in English. She has been a part of the Spirit Squad the past…years, and during the competitive cheer season, she performs as a base. Head Cheer Coach, Ashlee Annis, had this to say about Cali:
"Cali is a very driven young lady, who is absolutely deserving of this recognition. She is extremely involved on campus and does a great job of gracefully balancing all of her responsibilities."
The Bulldog women's basketball team had four members recognized by the NAIA as Scholar Athletes, three juniors and one senior. Those honored were Victoria Gonzalez, Elle Gillen, Danielle Holt and Brooke DeLuca. All four of the recipients have been a part of the Bulldog program since their freshman year. Victoria is a junior from Keller, Texas majoring in Elementary Education with a Spanish minor. Gillen is a junior, from Castle Rock, Colo., majoring in Psychology and carrying an Art minor. Holt hails from Glenpool, Okla., and is also a junior with a Physical Education major. DeLuca is the lone senior of the group. She is from Hutchinson and will graduate later this spring with a degree in Health Science.
Bulldog head coach,Josh Nichols commented on these ladies saying, "I am proud of the work these ladies have done in the classroom to receive this recognition from the NAIA. Victoria is committed to her education and is a valuable member to our team. Elle puts her passion into everything she does that includes the classroom. Brooke is one of the most driven individuals I have ever coached and her leadership to our team will be missed. Dani is one the hardest working players we had this year and she works equally as hard in the classroom."
The Bulldog men's basketball team also had one team member recognized as an NAIA Scholar Athlete, junior guard, Garrett Owen. Garrett hails from Woodward, Okla. And is a Biochemistry major. He has been a contributor to the Bulldog basketball team since joining the team as a freshman, three seasons ago.
Bulldog head coach, Tim Swartzendruber, had this to say about Garret. "I'm happy to see Garrett receive this honor. He joins a long list of other former Bulldog basketball players on receiving it. I think it's great that NAIA recognizes athletes who excel in the classroom as well as on the court."
To be eligible for the award, a student athlete must be a junior in academic standing, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and have been at the institution a minimum of one year.