The LaGrange College Athletic Department presented academic awards to student-athletes for the 2017-18 academic year in ceremonies Tuesday in Callaway Auditorium.
Senior softball player Emily Barrs and senior men's soccer player Diego Torres were presented the Eagle Award. The award is given to the year's outstanding male and female athletes.
The award reads:"For Outstanding Efforts—You have accepted the challenge to soar above the world and to succeed where others might falter. You have been decisive where others have hesitated. You are recognized as a leader for your efforts. Truly, you are an inspiration like the Majestic Eagle."
Barrs is a history major with a minor in political science and will continue her education at LaGrange in the masters of arts in teaching graduate program. She has been on the USA South West Division first team the past two seasons, and was a All-Conference first team selection in 2017. This past season, Barrs was first or second in 11 different offensive categories. She had a .355 batting average, two home runs and a team-high 23 RBIs. Last season, she set a school record with a .796 slugging percentage. Barrs is third on the school career list with a .442 on-base percentage. She is fourth with a career batting average of .385 and a .577 slugging percentage.
Torres is a english major with a focus in journalism and a minor in sociology. He was a four-year letterman for the Panthers, starting 54 of the 61 games he played in. Torres was the team's Impact Player of the Year as a freshman and the Panther Award as a senior. He served as a team captain and represented the team on the USA South All-Sportsmanship team. Torres is the son of Peruvian immigrants and will be the first in his family to graduate from college.
Senior lacrosse player Kylie Reynolds received the Dr. Waights G. Henry Academic Award, given to the senior female student-athlete with the higest grade point average. Reynolds was a member of the Panther lacrosse team for four years and earned USA South Academic All-Conference honors each year. In addition, she has been on the Vice-President of Academic Affairs honors list each year. Reynolds will graduate magna cum laude with a 3.838 GPA. She is a early childhood education major and will pursue a master's degree in special education.
Senior baseball player Jackson Patrick received the Dr. Malcolm Shackelford Award, given to the senior male student-athlete with the higest grade point average. Patrick has been a four-year letterman for the Panther baseball team. He has earned USA South Academic All-Conference honors four times and has been on the Vice-President of Academic Affairs honors list. Patrick is a exercise science major and will graduate magna cum laude with a 3.809 GPA. After graduation, he will work as a physical therapist technician at Emory Sports Medicine Complex in Atlanta while applying to physical therapy schools.