The FHSU Foundation and FHSU Athletics has once again partnered with Cerv’s Conoco to honor two students-athletes with the Distinguished Tiger Leadership Award. According to Fort Hays State University, this is the third year of the programs that honors one female and one male student-athlete for contributions in the classroom, on the court and track, and in the community. On Saturday night at halftime of the men’s basketball game, Callie Wright and Jesse Trent were awarded this year’s Distinguished Tiger Leadership Award.
Wright, Topeka, is a senior member of the Tiger softball team. Wright maintains a 3.5 GPA as a tourism and hospitality major with a certificate in marketing. She has been a recipient of the academic honor roll award the last four semesters. On the field, Wright received second-team All-MIAA honors at catcher as a sophomore. In 2013, she was behind the plate for 43 games, which included calling six no-hitters, two of which were perfect games.
Jesse Trent is a junior member of the Tiger football team and a Dodge City native. Trent maintains a 3.9 GPA as a pre-med major at FHSU and is a two-time Academic All-American and a recipient of the 2013-2014 MIAA Scholar Athlete Award. On the field, Wright was named a captain last season, is a three-year letter winner for the Tigers and was named second-team All-MIAA defensive lineman in 2013.
As recipients of the award, Wright and Trent each will receive a donation to their respective program, courtesy of Cerv’s Conoco & Convenience, which will be made in their name dedicated to the Scholarship Club.
Nominations were made by head coaches and voted on by committee members. Criteria considered were dedication, volunteerism, teamwork, commitment and positive attitude.