Dec. 2, 2010
TEMPE - The recipients of Student-Athlete of the Month honors have been announced by the Office of Student-Athlete Development for November with two men and two women earning recognition following the third month of the fall semester. The academic coaches within OSAD selected these four individuals based upon their achievements in academics and their community all while training and competing for their respective Sun Devil teams.
The four honorees from the month of November include Rebecca Ejdervik (swimming), Lynlee Smith (water polo), Jordan Clarke (track & field) and Clint Floyd (football). Here is more information on why each of these fine individuals were selected as the Student-Athletes of the Month for October:
Rebecca Ejdervik - Swimming
Ejdervik, a junior from Vallentuna, Sweden, is a fierce competitor in and out of the pool and maintains a 3.62 GPA as a Global Studies Major. Just recently, Ejdervik found an internship at the Swedish Consulate here in Phoenix where she will learn valuable skills that she can apply toward her future career. Ejdervik has set a positive example for her teammates by being productive in the classroom as well as in the pool. This month, she set an ASU record in the 100 meter breaststroke and is on a relay team that currently has the top time in the nation. Her athletic and academic determination and accomplishments are what makes her a great Sun Devil.
Lynlee Smith - Water Polo
Smith, a senior from Auckland, New Zealand, was named team captain this year for her leadership and determination. When she arrived at ASU in the Spring of 2009, she met with a mentor twice a week to help her adjust to her new life. Now, Smith has graduated from the mentor program and is having her best semester at ASU to date. She works extremely hard in her studies and is determined to be the first one in her family to graduate from college. Smith will graduate this spring with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. A valuable member of the water polo team, Smith was the eighth player for ASU water polo to earn All-American accolades last spring.
Jordan Clarke - Track & Field
Clarke is a redshirt sophomore thrower on the track and field team. Off the field, he has been quiet and polite in demeanor. His first two years as a Sun Devil consisted of many hours in tutoring and mentoring and he didn’t take more than 12 credits at a time because school ‘would never be his thing’. More importantly, he did not want to set himself up for failure by taking too many classes. Through hard work, long tutoring sessions and a change in his mentality, (initially he was on the ‘five-year graduation plan’), he is now on track to graduate in four years and use his fifth year to begin the graduate program in Physical Education and earn his teaching credential by the time he leaves campus. Clarke has worked hard over the past month to finish the semester strong and is on track to earn his first Maroon & Gold Scholar-Athlete Award. Clarke hopes of winning his first individual national title in the shot put next spring.
Clint Floyd - Football
Floyd is a junior majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Sociology and Family Studies. He has had a great semester academically and has really been on top of his academic game – he is accountable and attentive to every aspect of his academic success whether it is monitoring his own progress, forming study groups with other student-athletes, or setting class grade and GPA goals for himself. Floyd has always put coursework at the top of his priority list and has talked about graduation since he first stepped foot on campus. He is a caring and respectful young man who is appreciative of his opportunity at ASU. Not only is he a great role model for his two younger brothers, he also is somebody that any young aspiring football player should look up to and emulate.