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Johnson 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.

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