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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Five Spires named ‘Champions of Character’

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  • As is its postseason custom, the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference named its “Champions of Character” recipients Thursday.
    Among the award winners were five University of Saint Mary fall student-athletes, who best exemplified the core values of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Champions of Character Program.
    The NAIA Champion of Character program honors students who display five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
    Following each season, coaches in the KCAC are asked to nominate one student-athlete from their team who best exemplifies those core values.
    The winning Spires were:
    Men’s soccer — Nick Alford, a senior midfielder from Topeka
    Women’s soccer — Claire Beebe, a senior midfielder from Wichita
    Volleyball — Amelia Noll, a senior libero from Nortonville
    Men’s cross country — Cameron Avilez, a senior from San Diego, Calif.
    Women’s cross country — Karoline Banasik, a senior from Elkgrove Village, Ill.
    “We stress values at the University of Saint Mary, and we’re proud of our student-athletes who personify those values,” USM athletic director Rob Miller said. “Our students-athletes learn important lessons in sportsmanship and leadership.”

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