Stinson Selected as Candidate for Senior CLASS Award
Aug 21, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Illinois State soccer senior Anna Stinson has been named one of 30 candidates nationally for the Senior CLASS Award, which recognizes senior student-athletes' notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Stinson, who is just one of three out of a combined 60 candidates between men's and women's soccer that boasts a 4.0 grade-point-average (GPA), is the first player in program-history to be tabbed as a candidate.
"Anna's impact on our program has been tremendous as a player and leader, but she is also one of those student-athletes whose impact is felt not only in athletics, but throughout the university," head coach Drew Roff said. "She serves as a tremendous role model for all of our players."
Stinson, who is entering her third season as a captain for the Redbirds, has been a mainstay in the ISU lineup, starting a total of 48 contests. She is a three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, two of them first-team choices, in addition to being named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team in 2011. Stinson has tallied 10 goals and 13 assists, ranking third on the program's all-time list in the latter category. With Stinson maintaining the midfield, the Redbirds have posted two of the program's three highest goal tallies the past two seasons.
Academically, Stinson has excelled as an exercise science major at Illinois State, maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA through her first three years. She is a two-time CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District V selection, Missouri Valley Conference Elite 18 Award winner (given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at each championship), MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award recipient and MVC Scholar-Athlete Team choice. Stinson has been named to the AFNI Honor Roll all six semesters, in addition to the MVC Honor Roll three times.
Stinson is actively involved in a number of community activities both at ISU and near her home of Kalamazoo, Mich. At ISU, she has been involved with Curb Birds, a program that helps new freshmen move in, the Scott Early Learning Center, where she reads to Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) children, Home Sweet Homes, a program designed to sort clothes and donated items, and Just Read, where she reads to elementary school children and explains the importance of school. She also traveled with her local church to El Salvador the summer after her freshman season, where Stinson and three others helped set up a government system. For her community efforts, Stinson was given the Missouri Valley Conference Good Neighbor Award in 2012.
"What separates Anna from so many is that she, for someone who has achieved so much individually, she also puts teammates first and always has time for them," Roff added. "Every year, she has continued to grow as a leader, and her overall impact on our program is one of the main reasons why we have come so far the last four years."
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The 30 candidates will be narrowed down to 10 finalists halfway through the season. The winner will be announced at the 2013 NCAA Women's College Cup championship in December.
Stinson and the Redbirds officially open the 2013 season with a pair of home matches this weekend. ISU hosts defending Mid-American Conference-champion Miami (Ohio) Friday and Wisconsin, Sunday.
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