The Summit League Scholar-Athlete Spotlight: Centenary College
Thursday, October 1, 2009

Each month, The Summit League will feature outstanding student-athlete performances from a selected institution as recognized by its Faculty Athletic Representative. The October installment of The Summit League Scholar-Athlete Spotlight features three student-athletes from Centenary College.

Quinn Larwood, Men's Swimming
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Colleyville, Texas
Major: Economics & Finance
GPA: 3.88

With more than one can handle, Quinn Larwood happens to succeed expectations as a versatile student-athlete at Centenary College. A senior economics and finance double major, holding a cumulative GPA of 3.88, Larwood has been named to the Dean's List multiple times as well as receiving Centenary's Woodrow W. Pate Economics Award in 2008. He is currently a member of both the business society Phi Beta Lambda and the economic honor society Omicron Delta Epsilon. Larwood's personality and commitment to the College is showcased in his leadership roles on campus. He is the Co-President of SAAC, a member of the Maroon Jackets, Centenary's student ambassadors, and a student justice on the Centenary College Honor Court. He was recognized as a Centenary Pacesetter in 2009 and currently shares his stories and experiences on
www.centenary.edu as a student blogger for the College. The Colleyville, Texas native accomplishes all this, while still serving as the team captain for the men's swimming team. With his accomplishments in the classroom over the last three years, he has been recognized with three consecutive Academic All-League selections (2007-2009) as well as being named to the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence in 2008 and 2009. Larwood ranks in the top 10 for Centenary in five different events. His highest ranking is 2nd in the 400 m with a time of 4:14.05. Larwood ranks 4th in the 1000 free (10:01.33), 4th in the 1650 free (15:56.6), 5th in the 200 fly (1:56.12) and 10th in the 500 free (4:48.27). "It is great that Quinn is being recognized for all his contributions to Centenary. He is a leader on campus and in the pool," said head swimming coach Butch Jordan.

Jessica Marquart, Women's Golf
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Hunstville, Texas
Major: Accounting, Finance & Business
GPA: 3.82

A triple major, a member of SAAC and captain of the women's golf team, Jessica Marquart is an ideal example of how academics and athletics can be balanced at the collegiate level. A senior from Huntsville, Texas, Marquart is earning her degree as a triple major in accounting, finance and business. She holds a cumulative GPA of 3.82 and has been named to the Dean's List and the Academic All-League team while at Centenary. She made a strong first impression in the Frost Business School when she partnered with the Office of Service Learning and several other individuals in the community to implement a pilot service-learning project that provided free electronic tax preparation services to members of the Centenary community and residents of the Highland Area. With this experience, student participants like Marquart, achieved valuable experience electronically preparing and filling state and federal tax returns. Marquart is also a current intern in the business office working in the finance department. With this valuable experience, she plans on taking for the CPA exam this year in order to receive her certification as a public accountant. After she earns her degree, she hopes to attend Law School. On the golf course, she is the only returning player from last season's team. During the 2008-09 season, her first at Centenary after transferring from Nicholls State, she played in 22 rounds and was second on the team with an 82.7 stroke average. She shot a season best 74 at the Fred Marx Invitational (78-84-74, 236), which came in the third round. "Jessica is a good worker and has good grades. As a coach, she is the type of student-athlete I wish I had a whole team of," said head golf coach Emlyn Aubrey.

Cara Miccoli, Women's Cross Country
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Anacoco, La.
Major: Biochemistry
GPA: 3.78

When Cara Miccoli isn't running around the city of Shreveport in the early morning hours, she fills her extra time as a committed member of the Centenary College community. The captain of the Ladies cross country team, Miccoli will graduate in May with a degree in biochemistry. As part of Centenary's rich academic standards, she presented her research study, Synthesis of β-ketoesters via Quinine Catalyst Derivatives at the American Chemistry Society conference, giving her a chance for real-world research experience. Holding a cumulative GPA of 3.78 and being named to the Dean's List multiple times, she has recently been accepted into LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. Not only does she perform well in the classroom, but the Anacoco, La., native takes on many leadership roles including Hall Director of Hardin Residence Hall, President of the National Residence Hall Honorary, and President of the Centenary Chemistry Club. She is also the secretary of Maroon Jackets, known as the ambassadors of Centenary College, a SAAC representative as well as a member of The National Health Pre-Professional Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta. Miccoli interned with the Student Life Office and served as a coach for the YOUth Fit running program (Shreveport Parks and Recreation) under Centenary's cross country coach Shelley Armstrong. As a runner, she has been named to the Academic All-Summit League three times (2006-08) and recognized on the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence. In 2008, Miccoli raced in all six events for the Ladies, placing in the top 10 in four. "Cara is a lofty example of how hard work and dedication pay off, as indicated in her receiving acceptance to Medical School and her numerous leadership roles on campus," said Armstrong.