Earns NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship
by Phil Pierce, UA WOMEN'S COMMUNICATIONS
FAYETTEVILLE - Former University of Arkansas
track all-American Jessica Johnson earned a NCAA post-graduate scholarship
thanks to her tremendous efforts both on the competition arena and in
A two-time all-American and Academic all-American,
Johnson graduated from the University in May with her bachelor's degree
in animal science. The Southlake, Texas, native was almost immediately
accepted into Texas A&M's school of veterinary medicine thanks to her
3.76 grade point average at Arkansas and numerous athletic and academic
"Jessica has come a long way since she arrived
in Fayetteville," Arkansas head track coach Lance Harter said. "She has
been one of our leaders both on and off the track and her hard work over
the past four years are certainly deserving of this award. We wish her
all the best in her pursuit of a veterinary degree."
On the track, Johnson was Arkansas' first
all-American in the high jump when she finished eighth at the 2003 NCAA
Indoor Track and Field Championships. She came back during that outdoor
campaign as the national runner-up at the NCAA Outdoor Championships clearing
six feet to become the first Lady Razorback to jump that high. In 2004,
Johnson did not compete indoors as she had already exhausted her eligibility,
but did take the track outdoors, finishing fourth in the heptathlon at
the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships and qualified for the
NCAA meet in the high jump thanks to a second-place finish at the NCAA
Outside the track venue, Johnson was active
in numerous extracurricular activities along with her work as a student.
She was president of the Golden Key Honor Society, an officer in the pre-vet
club and President of the UA pre-vet services organization. She also worked
with numerous clinics and organizations including the Hartz Mountain pre-vet
research grant, the Fayetteville Animal Care Clinic, Northwest Arkansas
free health clinic and dog watch.
Her accomplishments in the classroom earned
Johnson several awards. Aside from her two second-team CoSIDA Academic
all-America honors, she was a finalist for the SEC's prestigious H. Boyd
McWhorter award. As a junior she was given a Dale Bumper's College O.T.
Stallcup Scholarship for Academic Excellence and an Arena Seat scholarship
for Academic Excellence. She was also a Bumper's College Alumni Ring Scholar.
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