Stinson One of 10 National Finalists for Senior CLASS Award
Oct. 16, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Illinois State soccer senior Anna Stinson has been named one of 10 finalists nationally for the women's soccer Senior CLASS Award, which recognizes senior student-athletes' notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
Originally named one of 30 candidates Aug. 21, Stinson was voted a finalist by a media committee. The winner will be determined by a combination of fan, media and Division I head coaches' votes, and will be announced at the 2013 NCAA Women's College Cup in December. Fan voting is open now through Nov. 25, and fans can vote for up to three finalists daily.
Stinson has started all 14 matches this season for the Redbirds, and has tallied five points on one goal and three assists. Currently in her third season as a captain, Stinson has been a mainstay in the ISU lineup over the past three-plus seasons, starting a total of 62 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 11 goals and 16 assists, ranking fourth 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.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Premier Sports Management manages the award.
The other nine finalists are: Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest), Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois), Jonelle Filigno (Rutgers), Kristen Hamilton (Denver), Maya Hayes (Penn State), Holly Hein (Michigan), Elizabeth Hoerner (Navy), Kassey Kallman (Florida State) and Kealia Ohai (North Carolina).
Stinson and the Redbirds will put their three-match winning streak on the line at Northern Iowa, Thursday. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.
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