Three IU Student-Athletes Honored as Scholar-Athlete and C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month for January
Feb. 11, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Indiana student-athletes were selected as the IU Scholar-Athlete and C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month for January. Sophomore infielder Evan Wilson was named the IU Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month, while freshman sprinter Ann-Marie Clarke earned the IU Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month honor. Junior midfielder Cameron Jordan was named the C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month for January.
Wilson, an infielder from Pendleton, Ind., played in 41 games and started 29 as a freshman on the Hoosier baseball team. He hit a strong .292 with six doubles, two home runs and 23 RBI. At Pendleton High School, Wilson was a four-year letterwinner and helped lead his team to a 24-4 record in 2006 and earned all-state honorable mention honors.
"Ethan has proven time and time again that he has what it takes to be successful academically," said IU Assistant Athletics Director for Academic Services Kimya Massey. "He has learned to embrace difficult courses and meets challenges head-on. His consistency is admirable and I really appreciate his work ethic and ability to get the job done, even when surrounded by difficult circumstances. This award is well deserved."
"Ethan has worked hard academically the last two years," said IU head baseball coach Tracy Smith. "We're proud that his effort is paying off in the classroom. He is a great example for his teammates."
Clarke, a sprinter from New Haven, Conn., was a three-time state champion at James Hillhouse High School. She was a five-time New Haven Register MVP and the paper's Female Athlete of the Year. Clarke was all-state in indoor and outdoor track and field. She owns six school records (300m, 400m, 400m hurdles, 4x400m, 800m sprint relay), and holds two state records (400m and 400m hurdles).
"Ann-Marie has been a pleasure to work with," said IU Academic Advisor Korinth Patterson. "She is a dedicated, hardworking and focused young lady. Ann-Marie has made a good adjustment from high school to college, taking advantage of the resources available to help her be successful. As she is only a freshman, I'm sure we will be hearing more about Ann-Marie Clarke both academically and athletically."
"When we recruited Ann-Marie, we knew we were getting the complete package: great athlete, great student, great person," said IU Director of Track and Field Ron Helmer. "Freshmen sometimes find it difficult to transition to a college environment and live up to expectation, but Ann-Marie has taken on this challenge and continued to excel as evidenced by this honor. I am extremely proud of the work she is doing in the classroom and even more proud that we have many, many track student-athletes on our roster working at similar levels."
Jordan, a midfielder for IU's men's soccer team, transferred to Indiana from UCF where he appeared in 17 matches and started 14. He took 16 shots during his sophomore season and recorded one goal and one assist. Jordan, a native of Ft. Wayne, Ind., is also an ambassador for IU's Multicultural Awareness Program.
"Cameron has put in a lot of positive work with the Multicultural Awareness Week, helping organize the trivia challenge, `Where in the World,'" said Patterson. "I look forward to Cameron getting involved in other C.H.A.M.P.S./Life Skills programs and other development opportunities available in the future."
"Cameron has been a great addition to Indiana University and our soccer program," said Hoosier head men's soccer coach Mike Freitag. "He had already made positive marks in the classroom and now with the C.H.A.M.P.S./Life Skills program. I can't wait until next season, because he will also be a champ on the field."
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.