Local Rhea County High School grad Micayla Keen is among those honored
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Bryan College volleyball team had four players named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes, announced by the national office Friday. Katelin Scoggins, Veronica Salas, Micayla Keen, and Mariah Dunlop are among the 556 volleyball student-athletes across the NAIA that earned the distinction.
The Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete programs recognize excellence in the classroom by NAIA-member student-athletes who are juniors or above in academic standing with a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Students must appear on the eligibility certificate for the sport and have attended two full years as a non-transfer or one full year as a transfer. The awards are given annually to outstanding student-athletes in the various sports in which the program is active and their respective teams are eligible for NAIA postseason competition.
It is the first time for all four players to make the Scholar Athlete list.
Bryan battled for an overall record of 6-22 and Appalachian Athletic Conference record of 5-12, finishing No. 5 in the North Division conference standings.
When the end of the year awards were given by the conference, Bryan’s Hope Burnett picked up All-Conference Second Team honors and Rheagan Kean was named to the All-Freshman Team. The Lions also impressed in the classroom with seven members making the All-Academic Team, which was presented to all student-athletes who completed two terms of attendance and attained a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. Mariah Dunlop was the Lion’s representative to the Champion’s of Character Team this season. To be voted to the AAC Champion’s of Character Team, the individual must represent the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.