OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Thirty NCAA® softball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate softball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. 

The 2013 candidate class includes 15 candidates who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Six were named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American team, and seven were members of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America team.

The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Women’s College World Series® in Oklahoma City May 30 through June 5.


Softball Candidates

Emily Allard, Northwestern

Brooke Andresen, Loyola (Chicago)

Nikki Armagost, Pacific

Jennifer Barnett, Northern Illinois

B.B. Bates, UCLA

Kayla Braud, Alabama

Amy Buntin, Notre Dame

Allie Cashion, Appalachian State

Raven Chavanne, Tennessee

Kelly Coker, Rhode Island

Kara Dill, Kentucky

Kara Dornbos, Central Michigan

Rachele Fico, LSU

Olivia Galati, Hofstra

Mikkel Griffin, Southern Utah

Jolene Henderson, California

Kelsey Horton, Florida

Maggie Hull, Kansas

Shannon Jones, Siena

Courtney Liddle, Virginia Tech

Blaire Luna, Texas

Kelly Majam, Hawai'i

Jenna Marston, Missouri

Jennifer Ong, Yale

Jenna Rich, Stanford

Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma

Emily Roesch, Boston

Jessica Shults, Oklahoma

Stephanie Thompson, Brown

Brianna Turang, Oklahoma

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