Clarksville, Ark.-Senior women's soccer player Kate Schoenhals was given the 2008 Hurie Award on Tuesday morning at the university's annual student awards convocation held in Raymond Munger Memorial Chapel.
Schoenhals of Medford, Oregon, earned All-Conference honors as a midfielder all four years and was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America District VI Team following the 2007 season. She finished her career as the program’s leader in career starts (68). She is a three-time member of the American Southwest Conference All-Academic Team. A biology major, she plans to attend veterinary school at Oregon State University in the fall. Her parents are Joseph and Jerilyn Schoenhals.
Schoenhals joins three other former Ozarks’ athletes to be named Hurie Award winners. Lindsey Turnbow, a member of the women’s soccer team, was the recipient in 2005. In 2004, Mandy Hock, a member of the women’s tennis team was named the recipient. In 2002, women’s basketball player Christie Shuffield received the honor.
Each year the faculty members of the University of the Ozarks elect one student to receive the Hurie Award, given to the outstanding member of the senior class. This award is named for Wiley Lin Hurie, who was president of this institution from 1923 to 1949. The Hurie Award is the highest honor an Ozarks student can receive. The faculty members choose a graduating senior who has been an exemplary scholar, a campus leader, and a person of outstanding character.