Clarksville, Ark.-University of the Ozarks senior women's soccer player Emalee Pearson was voted the American Southwest Conference Women's Soccer Distinguished Scholar-Athlete, it was announced by ASC Media Relations Director Greg Weghorst.
Pearson, a defender, was among the top players in the ASC in 2009, helping the team tie the school record for most shutouts in a season (5). She was named to the All-ASC Third Team following a season that saw her record two assists and serve as a team captain. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, she ends her career as the program’s career leader in starts (70). She is a three-time ASC All-Academic Team member and was a 2008 NSCAA Scholar All-American. Additionally, she has worked in the Sports Information Office for two years, earning ASC SID All-Academic status. She is editor of the Communique, a bi-weekly campus newsletter, and has helped produce the athletic department’s award-winning media guides. Pearson will graduate early with a degree in strategic communications and has done community service at the Needy Paws Animal Shelter and Salvation Army.
Overall, 61 student-athletes from ASC men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball were named to the Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Team.
The honor, in its third academic year, recognizes student-athletes that achieve a higher level of academic achievement (a 3.20 grade-point average or better) while competing as a starter or important reserve on their team. From that list – limited to one nominee per school in each ASC championship sport – the Sports Information Directors from the conference’s 15 member institutions vote on a Distinguished Scholar-Athlete from each sport.