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2014 Big 12 Winter Scholar-Athletes of the Year Announced
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The Big 12 Conference has announced its Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients for the 2014 winter sport season. The following student-athletes have been selected as the award-winners for their respective sports based on a vote of each sport’s head coaching group. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.
 
2014 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Melvin Ejim, Iowa State, Sr., Toronto, Ontario/Brewster Academy
The 2013 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year collects the accolade for the second-straight year.  Ejim, a Capital One Academic All-America First Team choice and the 2013-14 Big 12 Player of the Year, boasts a 3.70 grade point average while pursuing a degree in history with a minor in business.  The fourth player in Big 12 history to record 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds, Ejim also earned a spot on the Senior CLASS Award First Team this season.
 
2014 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Jess Harlee, West Virginia, Sr., Bel Air, Md./Fallston
Harlee maintains a 3.93 GPA in industrial engineering and is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team recipient. The senior was a 2013 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award recipient and was named the 2013 Arhur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar of the Year by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine. A team co-captain for the 2013-14 season, she was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team and was also a nominee for the WBCA/All State Good Works Team.
 
2014 Big 12 Equestrian Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Alexi Child, TCU, Jr., Aurora, Ore./Wilsonville
Child is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 first team honoree and was also named a 2014 National Collegiate Equestrian Association Elite Student-Athlete Award nominee as well as an NCEA Academic First Team. The junior NCEA All-America honorable mention honoree holds a 4.00 GPA in movement science.
 
2014 Big 12 Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Michelle Shealy, Iowa State, Sr., Snellville, Ga./Providence Christian Academy
Shealy is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree and was honored with the Conference’s highest honor earlier this year - the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award. Shealy is an elementary education major who earned All-America status on the beam in 2013.
 
2014 Big 12 Men’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Reid Walker, Texas, Sr., Seattle, Wash./Garfield
Another 2014 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award honoree, Walker owns a 3.93 GPA in mechanical engineering studies at Texas. The senior is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection and was named a College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American Honorable Mention in 2013.
 
2014 Big 12 Women’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Deanna Marks, Kansas, Jr., Plano, Texas/Plano
Marks holds a 3.93 GPA in mechanical engineering and business administration studies at Kansas. The junior has been named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team the past two seasons. Marks helped lead the Jayhawks to their best finish at the Big 12 Championships this past season.
 
2014 Big 12 Wrestling Scholar-Athletes of the Year:
Chris Perry, Oklahoma State, Sr., Stillwater, Okla./Stillwater
Perry sports a 3.21 GPA while majoring in education. He became a two-time first team Academic All-Big 12 selection this season and claimed All-America status at this year’s NCAA Championships claiming the 174-pound individual crown.
 
The Big 12 Conference established the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards in 2012-13 to recognize its outstanding student-athletes.
 
A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Conference’s sponsored sports.
 
Scholar-Athlete of the Year nomination criteria includes:
•must be a junior or senior (athletic and academic standing)
•cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher
•participation in at least 60% of the team’s scheduled contests
•minimum of one year in residence at the institution
 
Each Big 12 institution will nominate one individual per sport, and the winners will be selected by a vote of the league’s head coaches for each sport.
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