Athletic Director Jared Stark spoke in chapel on Wednesday about the difference between recognition and success. Athletes may win or be recognized but still fail, or lose a game but still succeed as an athlete and person, he told students.
Stark says that in the 2012-13 academic year, he's seen a lot of real success in the athletic department. Beyond titles earned or winning records, the mission of York College to "transform lives through Christ-centered education" has been accomplished, as evidenced by the lives of many of the student-athletes.
Stark presented NAIA All-American banners to three York College students and spoke briefly about how each has grown and changed during their years at YC, athletically, as well as spiritually and academically.
All-American banners were presented to wrestler Jason Arreola, a junior from Anaheim, Calif., who took 4th place in the 133lb weight class; track and field athlete Shaylee Carlock, a senior from Tourney, Mo., who placed fourth in the indoor shot put; and basketball guard Thadd Varmall, a senior from Dallas, Texas, who earned First-Team All-American status.
Also recognized were the Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year. These recipients are chosen by coaches as well as other members of the staff and faculty, with the main criteria being excellence in academics as well as athletics.
Dustin Campbell, a senior business communications major from Silver Lake, Kan., was named Male Student-Athlete of the Year. He is a 6'3" guard on the basketball team.
Tiffany Cole was named Female Student-Athlete of the Year. She is a senior from Big Bear City, Calif., and she pitches on the softball team.
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