FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas Athletic Department honored its senior student-athletes Friday with an awards banquet in the Raymond Miller Hall of Champions.
Student-athletes received senior rings while graduating student-athletes from the December, May and summer semesters received diploma plaques from Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long.
"Today’s luncheon is an opportunity for us to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our senior student-athletes," Long said. "During their time at the University of Arkansas, they have committed themselves to succeeding in the classroom, on the fields of competition and in our community. As these young men and women earn their diplomas and complete their collegiate athletic careers, we want to thank them for their hard work and dedication in representing the Razorback program, the university and our state."
The Brandon Burlsworth Scholar-Athlete Award is named for former Razorback football player Brandon Burlsworth, whose life was cut short by a tragic accident after he graduated. The award is presented to senior student-athletes who exemplify Burlsworth’s ideals including good moral character and who have demonstrated a desire to excel in the classroom and who have a commitment to the improvement of the University of Arkansas and its surrounding communities. This year’s winners are Luke Laird from the men’s track and field team and women’s golfer Kelli Shean.
The event concluded with a senior highlight video and closing remarks. The awards banquet is an annual event for Razorback senior student-athletes.
2011 Senior Awards Banquet Honorees
Brandon Burlsworth Scholar-AthletesLuke LairdMen’s Track and FieldKelli SheanWomen’s Golf
Graduation PlaquesWomen’s Basketball: Caroline Powell, Ashlea WilliamsMen’s Basketball: Delvon JohnsonFootball: Clay Bemberg, Dustin Cain, Ray Dominguez, DeMarcus Love, Ryan Powers, Van Stumon, Crosby Tuck, D.J. WilliamsWomen’s Golf: Corinna Rees, Kelli SheanMen’s Golf: Jamie MarshallGymnastics: Michelle StoutSoccer: Kelsey Allison, Sam Bolton, Camille Flores, Beth McVean, Kelly O’Connor, Britni WilliamsSoftball: Becca CardenSwimming and Diving: Ashley Largo, Erin NeumannWomen’s Track and Field: Megan Jackson, Miranda WalkerVolleyball: Phoebe Bautista, Mackenzie Rhea
Senior RingsBaseball: Kyle RobinsonWomen’s Basketball: Caroline Powell, Skye Rees, Brittney Richardson, Ashlea WilliamsMen’s Basketball: Marcus Britt, Jemal Farmer, Delvon JohnsonFootball: Damario Ambrose, Clay Bemberg, Ramon Broadway, Freddy Burton, Dustin Cain, Ben Cleveland, Rudell Crim, Wade Grayson, Patrick Jones, Anthony Leon, DeMarcus Love, Jermaine Love, Rhett Richardson, Andru Stewart, Van Stumon, Alex Tejada, Zhamal Thomas, Austin Tucker, D.J. WilliamsWomen’s Golf: Corinna Rees, Kelli SheanMen’s Golf: Jamie MarshallGymnastics: Stacy Bartlett, Michelle StoutSoccer: Kelsey Allison, Ally Atkins, Sam Bolton, Rachel Carlson, Camille Flores, Lauren Hallauer, Beth McVean, Kelly O’Connor, Laurel Pastor, Britni WilliamsSoftball: Becca Carden, Amanda Caldwell, Leslie Dixon, Kim Jones, Layne McGuirt, Lindsey WellsSwimming and Diving: Gina Bargiachi, Kristen Keith, Ashley Largo, Jamie Marks, Erin Neumann, Erica TottenWomen’s Tennis: Anouk TiguMen’s Tennis: Matt Hogan, Chris Nott, Nick SpinazzeWomen’s Track and Field: Megan Jackson, Shantel Thompson, Miranda Walker, Shelise WilliamsMen’s Track and Field: Chris Bilbrew, Lashawn Butler, Patrick Russell, Dorian UlreyVolleyball: Phoebe Bautista, Mackenzie Rhea