DURANT – Southeastern’s Travis Kincheloe and Kelsey Reding have been revealed among the finalists for the Great American Conference’s inaugural Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards to be presented at the GAC Night of Champions on June 20, 2012 at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock, Ark.
Administrators from the nine current members of the league will vote on the following nominees to determine the overall conference honoree. All nominees will be recognized at the Night of Champions.
Tickets to the Night of Champions are $25 per person and can be reserved by emailing GAC Commissioner Will Prewitt at email@example.com. The event will be featured on the GAC Sports Network online webcast for free at www.greatamericanconference.com.
Kincheloe, a native of Georgetown, Texas, has been named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and Dean’s Honor Roll for Fall 2011 and Spring 2012. He was a Cum Laude graduate in May of 2012.
He was named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team and is a member of multiple honor societies, including Oklahoma Theta Chapter of Alpha Chi National Honor Society and Blue Key National Honor Society. Kincheloe is also active in the community where he has served as a Presidential Partners volunteer as well as working with projects such as Trash-off Day in Durant and the Special Olympics, in addition to serving as a member of Southeastern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
“Travis is a very respectable and responsible individual,” said Southeastern Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. Jerry Polson. “He has demonstrated that he is capable of working with many people across campus.”
“Head Football Coach Ray Richards stated that he would love to have fifty players just like Travis. He is very disciplined and dedicated to his sport. Many times, offensive lineman are not always awarded athletically or put in the spot light. However, Travis has proven to be an accomplished student-athlete balancing community service and leadership with the utmost character and integrity in the classroom, on the field and in the community.”
Reding, a native of Aubrey, Texas, has been named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 as well as the Dean’s Honor Roll Fall 2011. She is a Cum Laude graduate in May of 2012 and earned the 2012 John Massey School of Business Outstanding Accounting Student award. She was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society in April.
On the field she was an honorable mention All-Great American Conference selection and finished the year ranked eighth in wins in GAC as a pitcher.
She is a member of Cardinal Key National Honor Society and President for Spring 2012 and has additionally volunteered for Big 5 Community Services and Presidential Partners. She helped raise money for Juvenile Diabetes as a part of the Cardinal Key Project and served as a Special Olympics volunteer.
“Kelsey exhibits many special qualities,” stated Polson. “She is a very determined and dedicated individual who works hard at what she is trying to accomplish and persists until she succeeds. As a softball player, Kelsey was always a team player and played her role to the fullest. She encouraged her teammates. Kelsey stayed focused and positive throughout and that is exhibited by her athletic stats and accomplishments. Ms. Reding is an outstanding representative of what a Division II student-athlete should be, and she balanced life in the classroom and on the field without any question.”