Edwards and Snyder Share Williams Award; Wong Receives Booth Award

Willamette Honors Seniors at Athletics Awards Night

SALEM, ORE. -- Senior student-athletes at Willamette University were honored by the Athletics Department, and several special awards were presented, during the 2013 Athletics Awards Night at the Cat Cavern on Monday, April 29.

Theresa Edwards (Sr., Lake Tapps, WA/Bonney Lake HS) from the women's cross country and women's track and field team was selected, along with Kelli Snyder (Sr., C, Longview, WA/Kelso HS) from the softball team, as co-winners of the Jean Williams Awards as the top senior female student-athletes.

Joshua Wong (Sr., Hilo, HI/Hilo HS) on the men's tennis team was chosen as the winner of the J. Henry Booth Award as the top senior male student-athlete.

Former Bearcat men's basketball player Josh Erickson ('07, MBA '10) was named Alumnus of the Year. Judy Basker, major gifts officer in the Development and Alumni Relations Office, was chosen for the Sue J. Rauch Distinguished Service to Willamette Athletics Award. Dr. Sarah Kirk, department chair and associate professor of chemistry, was selected for the Julie Abendroth, Ed. D., Professor of the Year Award.

Edwards was honored as the Women's Senior Scholar-Athlete and Austin Williams (Sr., University Place, WA/Curtis HS) from the men's swimming team was recognized as the Men's Senior Scholar-Athlete for having the highest cumulative grade point averages among the graduating seniors.

J. Henry Booth Award

The Booth Award is presented annually by the Willamette University Athletics Department to a graduating senior male student-athlete who has developed and demonstrated strong leadership skills and outstanding athleticism, while maintaining a high rank of scholarship during his collegiate career.

Wong earned First Team All-NWC honors all four years. This season, he was 14-3 at #1 singles. In his career, he attained a 48-21 singles record. He reached the finals of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional in the fall of 2012.

He attended the prestigious Ojai Tournament in California four times. He advanced to the Round of 16 in 2009-10 and 2012-13, and reached the Round of 32 in 2011-12. He is currently ranked #9 in the West Region in singles and #12 in doubles.

He was the Hawaii Club president in 2010-11 and has been an Opening Days leader. He has volunteered at the Hilo Medical Center in Hawaii and has been a tutor in biology and chemistry at Willamette.

Wong is majoring in Biology at Willamette and plans to earn a master's degree in Bio-Medical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He entered the current semester with a 3.70 cumulative grade point average. He received Scholar-Athlete recognition from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Jean Williams Award

The Williams Award is presented annually by the Willamette University Athletics Department to a graduating senior female student-athlete who has developed and demonstrated strong leadership skills and outstanding athleticism, while maintaining a high rank of scholarship during her collegiate career.

Edwards qualified for the NCAA Championships in cross country three times and in the 1,500-meter run once. She was named All-West Region and All-NWC three times in cross country. She won NWC titles in the 1,500-meter run and the 800-meter run in 2012. She earned All-NWC honors four times in track. She scored for the team a total of eight times at NWC championship meets.

As a student, she has worked on environmental research and has served as a biology tutor. She also has worked as a farm manager and a tour guide at Willamette's Zena Forest. She is involved with the Joys of Living Assistance Dogs volunteer organization that prepares puppies to become assistance dogs.

Edwards earned national All-Academic honors six times in cross country and track and field. She is majoring in Biology and Environmental Science. She received the Armstrong Biology Scholarship. She has achieved a 3.97 cumulative GPA and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Snyder was named First Team All-NWC in 2010, 2012, and 2013. This spring, she led the Bearcats with a .436 batting average, 13 doubles and a .532 on-base percentage.

During her career, she played in 135 games (120 starts), while hitting .364 with 24 doubles and 63 RBIs. She was 24 of 27 on stolen bases. She is ranked on WU’s all-time records in several single season and career statistical categories.

Her single season rankings include third in batting average, fifth in slugging percentage (.653), second in on-base percentage and third in doubles. On WU's career records she is third in batting average, fourth in on-base percentage (.457), fifth in slugging percentage (.533), sixth in RBIs (63), seventh in doubles and homers (10), eighth in total bases (177), and ninth in hits (121).

While at Willamette, Snyder has taken on administrative duties with the softball team, and has worked in the Athletics Department in a variety of roles. She is majoring in Exercise Science and owns a 3.27 cumulative GPA.

Additional Honors and Awards

Willamette paid tribute to all 72 senior athletes during the Athletics Awards Night. A total of 55 Four-year members of Bearcat athletic teams received the traditional Willamette Athletics blanket. Student-athletes with fewer than four years on a team received a framed "W" letter award.

The Athletics Department also recognized the student-athletes in all four academic classes who have achieved a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA. A total of 84 Bearcats qualified for Scholar Student-Athlete honors.

Joshua Wong from the men's tennis team was chosen as the J. Henry Booth Award winner.

Joshua Wong from the men's tennis team was chosen as the J. Henry Booth Award winner.

Theresa Edwards, a member of the women's cross country and track and field teams, was named a co-winner of the Jean Williams Award.

Theresa Edwards, a member of the women's cross country and track and field teams, was named a co-winner of the Jean Williams Award.

Kelli Snyder from the softball team was selected as a co-winner of the Jean Williams Award.

Kelli Snyder from the softball team was selected as a co-winner of the Jean Williams Award.

Theresa Edwards also received the Scholar-Athlete Award as the senior women's athlete with the highest grade point average.

Theresa Edwards also received the Scholar-Athlete Award as the senior women's athlete with the highest grade point average.

Austin Williams from the men's swimming team earned the Scholar-Athlete Award as the senior men's athlete with the highest grade point average.

Austin Williams from the men's swimming team earned the Scholar-Athlete Award as the senior men's athlete with the highest grade point average.