April 29, 2009
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University recently announced its student-athlete awards for the 2008-09 academic year. Student-athletes were recognized today at the Senior Recognition Banquet.
The "Student-Athlete of the Year" award recognizes the male and female that best represents community service, academic performance, and athletic accomplishment equally. Female diver Lauren Harvath and men's soccer player Shire Standnes earned the award.
The "Outstanding Academic Achievement" award, based on overall GPA, also was awarded to Standnes, as well as Karine Bolme of women's golf. Standnes maintained a GPA of 3.83 in the double-major of international business and trade, and marketing. Standnes is a President's and Dean's list honoree since his freshman year. Bolme has maintained a 4.0 GPA in international business and management.
The "Owl'standing Spirit Award" is chosen based on the student-athlete that affirms the dedications of FAU and every student-athlete by showing support at games. Quarterback Rusty Smith and Natalie D'Oria from women's soccer earned the award.
"Community Service" is an award given to the individual who not only gives their time, but inspires and leads teammates to do the same. The 2009 recipients are Caitlyn Bliss of softball and Will Cottle of men's golf.
"The Sportsmanship Award" recognizes those who honor the values that so many student-athletes have lost. This year's honorees are women's tennis player Danielle Simone and baseball player David Wilson.
The "Most Outstanding Athlete" award is given to the student-athlete who provided leadership, excelled, and whose athletic ability propelled their respective team toward its goals. FAU football linebacker Frantz Joseph and female golfer Praewnapa Phol-Uayporn are this year's recipients. Joseph helped lead the Owls to their second-straight bowl victory while tallying enough tackles to become FAU's all-time leading tackler for a season and career. His 154 tackles were second in the nation. Phol-Uayporn is now a two-time "Most Outstanding Athlete" award winner, taking the honor last year as well. Phol-Uayporn won two major tournaments this season.
Student Athlete of the Year
Female: Lauren Harvath, Swimming and Diving
Lauren Harvath's career as an FAU diver is marked by strong Sun Belt Conference (SBC) performances. Harvath scored points every year at conference, including contributing to two SBC team titles. The senior from St. Louis, Missouri won her first individual team title this spring in the three-meter dive, after finishing runner-up numerous other times.
Male: Shire Standnes, Soccer
Shire Standnes, a native of Oslo, Norway, has been an example student-athlete. Standnes has one of the most recognized soccer career's school history and his name litters the school record books including being in the top 10 for career shots, goals, game-winning goals and points for a career. Standnes was a key component to the 2007-08 Atlantic-Sun Conference title and then helped transition the Owls in the highly competitive Mid-American Conference in 2008-09. Standnes maintained a 3.83 cumulative GPA in his double major of international business and trade, and marketing. He also appears on every President's and Dean's List since his freshman year.
Outstanding Academic Achievement
Female: Karine Bolme, Golf
Karine Bolme holds a perfect 4.0 GPA in a double major of international business and management. Bolme has continued to lower her golf score over her three year career.
Male: Shire Standnes, Soccer
Bio: Standnes maintained a 3.83 cumulative GPA in his double major of international business and trade and marketing. He also appears on every President's and Dean's List since his freshman year.
"Owl"standing Sprit Award
Female: Natalie D'Oria, Soccer
Natalie can easily be found at many FAU sporting events, loudly and proudly cheering on her fellow Owl athletes. Her dedication to all of FAU's sports is undeniable and she can be counted to recruit other student-athletes to join her in attendance.
Male: Rusty Smith, Football
Rusty has truly served as the face of the FAU athletic department, being a loyal and vocal fan at many athletic events. He is a regular among the fans in the stands at many venues and is always supportive of his fellow student-athletes in their respective sports.
Community Service Award
Female: Caitlyn Bliss, Softball
Caitlyn Bliss - The senior from Lutz is not only the team's leading hitter, but also one of its leading volunteers. In less than two years at FAU, Caitlyn has managed to help with a number of worthwhile organizations including Boca Helping Hands, Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics. The two-time SBC Player of the Week has helped cook meals, build homes, and organize recreational events for the less fortunate in South Florida.
Male: Will Cottle, Golf
Will Cottle has volunteered at a many charities and organizations, helping people of all ages. He has given generous amounts of time to everyone from nursing home residents to those afflicted with juvenile diabetes and the place he has donated the vast majority of his time, the Boca Raton Community Church nursery.
Female: Danielle Simone, Tennis
Danielle Simone is a four-year letterman who has been the glue that has held the team together through two coaching changes. She attends other sports and is the type of athlete that you enjoy to pass at games or in the department because she wears a smile. On the court she has come away the victory 38 times.
Male: David Wilson, Baseball
Bio: David Wilson has come to be known during his time at FAU for his fierce competiveness and drive to compete. In the words of his coach, John McCormack, "You could not ask for a better competitor and teammate. He is what every athlete should strive to be."
Most Outstanding Athlete
Female: Praewnapa Phol-Uayporn, Golf
Praewnapa Phol-Uayporn had an outstanding senior year to finish a remarkable career at FAU. Phol-Uayporn finished in the top 25 at all tournaments this season, excluding one. Most recently the senior tied for sixth at the SBC Tournament. The Bangkok, Thailand native won two major tournaments in the spring, the EKU El Diablo Intercollegiate and University of Cincinnati Spring Invitational and recorded top five finishes at the Jacksonville Women's Classic (second), the LPGA Xavier Invitational (second) and the 31st annual Pat Bradley Invitational (fifth). Phol-Uayporn also competed against the top young talent in the nation at the Duramed Futures Qualifying Tournament and placed 40th.
Male: Frantz Joseph, Football
Bio: Frantz Joseph has placed himself as one of the best players to put on a FAU football uniform. Joseph set FAU school records in 2008 for tackles in a season (154) and a career (346). Joseph's mark of 154 total tackles in 2008 was No. 2 in the nation. The senior from Fort Lauderdale has received much attention from NFL teams. He was selected to attend the Oakland Raiders mini-camp in May.