Crowley named Donnie Wilhite Most Valuable Athlete
Friday, August 9, 2013
Crowley performs at USA Gymnastics National Championships
Crowley performs at USA Gymnastics National Championships

SHREVEPORT, La. – Centenary Director of Athletics and Wellness Ronda Seagraves and the Centenary Athletic Department announce the inaugural winner of the Donnie Wilhite Most Valuable Athlete Award, Ladies’ gymnast Meg Crowley.

“We have a lot of great student-athletes at our school, so I feel very honored to be have been chosen for this award,” said Crowley. “As a graduated senior, this award symbolizes the hard work and dedication I have put into being a student-athlete these past four years. This year especially I could not have done it without coach Jackie (Fain) or my teammates. We had a phenomenal year and I am so happy I was able to end my career the way that I did.”

Crowley helped guide the Ladies to a third place finish at the USA Gymnastics National Championships this season. En route to helping the team to its season-high score, she also earned all-American honors, including first team on floor exercise, with a bronze medal finish, and second team on the balance beam along with academic all-American laurels.

Prior to her feats at nationals, the Spring, Texas, native was named First Team All-Midwest Independent Conference. Crowley placed third in all-around with a score of 39.10, the highest score by a Centenary gymnasts since 2005, while also adding MIC floor exercise champion to her list of accolades. She also received All-MIC Scholastic Team laurels.

Away from the competition floor, Crowley has served as a student ambassador for two years, been a teacher’s assistant in the Chemistry Department, assisted in writing for the school newspaper, the Conglomerate and was secretary for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She has volunteered her time with various organizations around the Shreveport and Centenary area, including the Bassett Army Community Hospital, Shreveport Physical Therapy, the Centenary Book Bazaar, Susan G, Komen Race for the Cure, Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day and the Pumpkin Fun Run.

“Mr. Wilhite and his family have always been such great supporters of the athletic department and Centenary College,” stated Seagraves. “He knew the hard work that those who wore the Centenary colors put into not only representing their teams, but also the College. We are excited and proud to honor the Most Valuable Athlete and his legacy with this award that bears his name.”

Donnie Wilhite truly had an immense love and admiration of Centenary College athletics. Mr. Wilhite supported all student-athletes and the sports in which they competed. He expected excellence from all student-athletes who wore Centenary across the front. He had a great respect for those who worked hard, were exceptional performers and those that exemplified great sportsmanship. His legacy and support will live on with the recognition of the Most Valuable Athlete each year.

At the conclusion of each academic year, the Donnie Wilhite Most Valuable Athlete Award will be given to a male or female student-athlete who possesses several outstanding qualities. The student-athlete must nominated by his or her head coach and must excel in his or her sport, be a positive role model for others and exemplify the well-rounded student-athlete. Nominees are voted on by a selection committee, which is comprised of administration throughout the Centenary campus.

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