NCAA-member schools have nominated 543 student-athletes for the 2017 Woman of the Year award, a list that includes gymnast Katie Simpson of Texas Woman’s University.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Simpson graduated this spring summa cum laude with a degree in food and nutrition in business and a cumulative GPA of 3.925 while becoming the third student-athlete in program history named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America At-Large First Team. The all-a-rounder led the Pioneers to a team USAG National Championship this year and is a four-time All-American.
This pool of school honorees marks the largest in the 27-year history of the award. Of the nominees for the national award, 229 competed in Division I, 117 competed in Division II and 198 competed in Division III athletics. The nominees also combined for a 3.69 GPA.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
Next, conferences assess their member school nominees and select up to two conference nominees. The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.
The complete list of nominees can be found at http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/school-nominees-named-2017-ncaa-woman-year.
The Williams Middle School Symphony Orchestra in Rockwall, under the direction of Shari Allison, advanced to the finals in the 2017 TMEA Middle School State Honor Full Orchestra recording contest.
Only six groups were chosen from the entire state. All six groups will have their recordings judged July 20 at Texas Orchestra Directors Association Conference.
The winner will perform in February at Texas Music Educators Association Convention and Clinic.
Sundance Square Movie Nights in Fort Worth continues this summer with movies on the schedule. Tonight’s movie is the original “Ghostbusters.“
The rest of the schedule includes:
July 6: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
July 13: “Grease”
Showtime is at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.) on the Sundance Square Plaza stage in downtown Fort Worth. Moviegoers are invited to bring blankets or chairs for seating in the plaza. Parking is always free weekdays after 5 p.m. in Sundance Square’s parking garages. For locations, visit sundancesquare.com/parking.
Beverages will be available for purchase in the plaza during the movies and restaurants will be open throughout the evening. By visiting Sundance Square establishments, these events will continue to be offered to guests for free. Coolers are not permitted and Sundance Square Plaza is smoke-free.
Visitors are asked to leave all pets in the comfort and safety of their home due to the large crowds, heat, as well as abrupt and loud movie noises.