Named Boyd McWhorter Finalist
FAYETTEVILLE - Senior high jumper Jessica Johnson
has been named a finalist for the prestigious H. Boyd McWhorter scholarship
by the Southeastern Conference office in Birmingham, Ala.
The NCAA runner-up in the high jump at the
2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships and a SEC Champion, Johnson earned two
all-America honors as a junior and returns to the track this spring to
complete her eligibility. Already admitted to Texas A&M's College of Veterinary
Medicine, Johnson's appointment to the Boyd McWhorter finalists list earns
her a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship.
"As a staff, we are really proud of Jessica,"
Arkansas head track coach Lance Harter said. "She has come a long way
since transferring to Arkansas and no one deserves this more than she
does. It is truly a testament to her hard work and determination."
The 12 finalists for the award, one from each
of the conference schools, are named by the conference office over the
next week culminating with an April 6 announcement of the overall winner
in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day. The H. Boyd McWhorter
scholarship winners each receive $10,000 toward a post-graduate scholarship.
While Johnson has earned two all-America honors,
won a SEC Championship and set four Arkansas school records on the track,
her classroom and extra-curricular activities are just as impressive.
She owns a 3.76 grade point average in animal science with a pre-veterinary
emphasis and held the Presidency of the Golden Key Honor Society and Pre-Vet
Club. Her stellar GPA led her to second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America
and first-team all-district honors last year.
Johnson seeks to be the third Lady Razorback
in seven years to take the Boyd McWhorter award. Former Lady'Back volleyball
all-American Jessica Field was the first to win in 1998 followed by softball
player Tiffany Woolley in 2002.