Three Hoosiers Selected as November-December Scholar-Athletes and C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month
Jan. 1, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Indiana student-athletes have been selected as the November-December Scholar-Athlete and C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month for their achievements on and off the field. Junior women's basketball standout Amber Jackson and redshirt sophomore football standout Nick Polk were selected as the IU Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Month, and redshirt freshman wrestling standout Seth Parker was honored as the C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month.
Jackson, a junior post player from Oxnard, Calif., ranks second on the IU women's basketball team in scoring with 12.1 points per game. She leads the Hoosiers in field goal percentage, shooting 58.0 (69-of-119) percent, and ranks 13th in the nation in the same category. Jackson has been Indiana's leading scorer in two games and its top rebounder in five contests.
"Amber made a commitment to be the best student-athlete that she could be and her receiving IU Scholar-Athlete of the Month is just the icing of her work ethic," IU head women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. "Amber has made tremendous strides here at IU in a short period of time and I am so very proud of how she has developed as a person, a student and an athlete. She is a true ambassador of a student-athlete and will continue to rise even higher both academically and athletically."
"Amber has been a pleasure to work with since the day she stepped on campus," Assistant Athletics Director for Academics Kimya Massey said. "She has shown an uncanny ability to see beyond the present day and truly understands the value of education. She has very high standards for herself and that shows both on the court and in the classroom."
Polk, a safety for the Hoosier football team, recorded two interceptions this season, including one against Oklahoma State in the 2007 Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., on Dec. 31. Polk ranked second in tackles for IU with 74 total tackles on the season. He tallied 49 solo stops and assisted in 25 tackles. Polk also broke up five passes and forced two fumbles for the Hoosiers.
"We are very proud of Nick," Indiana head football coach Bill Lynch said. "He works just as hard in the classroom as he does on the field and that is evident by him being named IU Scholar-Athlete of the Month."
"I am extremely proud of Nick and his accomplishments this semester," IU Assistant Athletic Director for Student Services Mattie White said. "He has such a bright future and his hard work this semester has strengthened the foundation he has established at IU. This fall has been demanding both athletically and academically and for him to excel the way that he has both on the field and in the classroom is a true testament to who he is as a person."
Parker holds a 2-1 mark this season in his weight class for the Indiana wrestling squad. He tallied his first pin at the Michigan State Open against Cal Poly on Nov. 10.
"Seth is very committed to the C.H.A.M.P.S. program," Hoosier head wrestling coach Duane Goldman said. "He is a very supportive of their worthy endeavors and inspires much of our team to be equally involved."
"I have worked with Seth going on three years and within that time I have seen great growth in Seth," IU C.H.A.M.P.S. and Life Skills Coordinator Korinth Patterson said. "Seth is a student-athlete that exemplifies all the five C.H.A.M.P.S./Life Skills commitments: academic and athletic excellences, personal and career development and community service. Seth has been a great team leader by doing things such as making sure his teammates support other athletic teams, take part in C.H.A.M.P.S./Life Skills programs/events and are involved in community."
The C.H.A.M.P.S. (Challenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success) Champ of the Month is an outstanding student that has excelled in all of the five areas of C.H.A.M.P.S.: service, personal and career development, and academic and athletic excellence.