HELENA -- Two Carroll College student-athletes have been recognized for prestigious academic honors.
Taryn Neameyer, who recently graduated after a stellar soccer career, was named the Cascade Collegiate Conference's nominee for the NAIA Champions of Character Award, and Sydnee Nowlen, a junior on the women's golf team, was named to the Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar list.
According to the Cascade Collegiate Conference release, the Dr. Leroy Walker Champions of Character Award recognizes student-athletes who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and campus and community leadership. The NAIA Champions of Character initiative features five core character values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership daily.
“It is an honor to represent the Cascade Conference for the Dr. Leroy Walker Champion of Character award,” said Neameyer, a four-time all-Cascade Collegiate Conference honoree. “For me, this honor means that I have been blessed by the best. I cannot receive this honor without giving it back to everyone in my life. I am very grateful for the gifts that God gave me, especially my family, teammates, coaches, professors, and those I have had the opportunity to serve, who have shaped me into the person that I am today.”
Neameyer, a midfielder from Bismarck, N.D., graduated this past spring Magna Cum Laude with a degree in nursing. She was named to the Dean’s List all eight semesters, was a three-time academic all-CCC selection and a two-time NAIA Scholar All-American. Neameyer also volunteered as a Young Life Leader, spending 10 hours a week ministering to high school students, and was a Special Olympics track coach, training Special Olympic athletes to compete in running, throwing and jumping events.
According to the WGCA's release, Nowlen, a Missoula native, is the lone recipient of the Frontier Conference to earn the All-American Scholar award, which requires a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.50. A total of 1,401 collegiate golfers across classification levels were given the honor.