Mar 13th, 2009 @ 4:25 pm | Author: VCSU Sports Information
Trent Kosel, a VCSU student-athlete, was recently selected as the Dakota Athletic Conference nominee for the A. O. Duer Award which is sponsored by Faculty Athletics Representatives of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
The Duer Award is given annually to a junior student-athlete who has achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher. Award criteria include participation with a collegiate varsity athletic team, student leadership, campus and community service, and championship character traits.
The selection process for the Duer Award begins with one nominee from each of the twenty-six athletic conferences as well as from independent institutions in the NAIA organization. Later this spring one student-athlete will be selected as the 2008-09 national award winner.
Trent has compiled a remarkable record of academic success and campus leadership during his first three years at VCSU. Dave Bass, VCSU Faculty Athletics Representative who nominated Trent for the award, wrote in a recommendation letter that 'Trent's character and leadership qualities for this award are exemplary. No matter how busy Trent is with classes, practices, or other campus events, he is always the first to volunteer when someone needs assistance. Every day Trent demonstrates the qualities associated with the Duer Award.'
Dr. Joe Stickler, Professor of Chemistry, echoed those sentiments when he wrote that 'Trent's leadership skills are apparent in my classroom, and his moral and ethical standards are evident also. He is everything you would want from a student. I can't believe you could find a better candidate for this award.'
Troy Miller, Jefferson Elementary Principal in Valley City, described how Trent has impacted children at his school. 'Trent was involved at our school with a community service project by the VCSU football players. The kids looked forward to the day each week when Trent would read to them or listen to them practice their reading. Trent was an outstanding role model for our young people and someone any parent or educator would want their children to look up to.'
Finally, in his letter of recommendation head VCSU football coach Dennis McCulloch commented that 'Trent has been with our team for the past three seasons and has worked extremely hard on and off the field to make himself the best that he can be. Trent takes as much pride in his a success in the classroom as he does on the football field. He has a great balance to his life and understands what it takes to be a true winner in life.'