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Cherry earns MVC's Leadership and Service Award

April 29, 2013,


Accounting Track and Field
Senior Lucas Cherry

Senior Saluki track and field student-athlete Lucas Cherry was named one of 10 honorees for the Missouri Valley Conference Leadership and Service Award for the spring season, the conference announced Wednesday.

Formerly the Good Neighbor Award, the Leadership and Service Award recognizes exceptional student-athletes in terms of academic achievement and community service. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition. The Valley recognizes 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees.

Institutions select their MVC Leadership & Service Award honorees. Cherry, a senior native of Carbondale, Ill., is a three-time MVC Scholar-Athlete, a two-time All-MVC performer in the 3000 meter steeplechase, a two-time MVC Elite 18 recipient, and a 2012 first-team selection to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District team. Most recently, Cherry won the 3000 meter steeplechase at the prestigious Kansas Relays on Apr. 19.

"I truly enjoy making a positive impact on the SIU community and others around me, and I strive to encourage others to do the same," Cherry said. "I am honored to receive this award, and I look forward to contributing to SIU even after graduation."

Lucas Cherry Career Awards and Accomplishments:
- Two-time All-MVC (3000m Steeplechase)
- 1st Team Capital One Academic All-District Award
- MVC President's Council Academic Excellence Award
- Two-time MVC Elite 18 Award
- Two-time MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award
- Three-Time MVC Honor Roll
- MVC Scholar-Athlete (two-time Outdoor Track & Field, once Cross Country)
- Dean's List (all semesters)
- SIU College of Business Outstanding Senior of the Year
- SIU College of Business Outstanding Junior & Senior of Accountancy
- Deloitte & Touche LLP Outstanding Junior in Accounting Award
- Emeritus & Annuitant Scholarship
- SIU Credit Union Scholarship
- SIU Provost Scholarship
- Psychology 102 "Outstanding Achievement" (top 5% out of 758 students)
- Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship
- Ranked in top 1% of intermediate accounting
- Victory Dream Center volunteer (2011-Present)
- International Missions (2002-2012)
- Bridging the Gap Guest Speaker (2010)
- MVC/State Farm "Just Read" (2010-2012)
- Storm Recovery Program volunteer (2010)
- Habitat for Humanity-Alternative Spring Break participant (2012)
- Parrish Elementary School Carnival Night volunteer (2009-2012)
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes Event Speaker & Camp Counselor (2009-2012)
- Reality Youth Center Youth Leader (2009-Present)
- SIU Student-Athlete Talent Show (2012, 2013)
- Parrish Pumpkin Festival volunteer (2010)
- Carruthers Elementary Family Reading Night volunteer (2011)