The LaGrange College Athletic Department presented academic awards to student-athletes for the 2018-19 academic year in ceremonies Thursday in Callaway Auditorium.
Senior lacrosse player Davida White and senior men's tennis player John Mitchell Benton 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."
White is a two-sport athlete participating in lacrosse and cross country. She carries a 3.4 grade point average and will graduate with a degree in Biology. White has served as a team captain was twice selected to represent her team on the USA South All-Sportsmanship team. She has led the lacrosse team in scoring twice in the past three seasons and was second the other season. White set a school single-game record and tied the conference single-game record with 12 goals in a 17-11 win against Salem. In the game, she also set a new school mark for points in a game. White finished third in goals scored and points on the school's career lists. She is the school's all-time lacrosse assists leader.
Off the field, White has served as the co-editor of the Undergraduate Research Journal. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society, recipient of the Shibley-Hicks Scholarship, a member of the LaGrange College Orientation Team, and a Presidential Student Ambassador. Among several service opportunities, White enjoys volunteering at the Feed the Valley Food Pantry.
Benton has been a four-year letterman for the men's tennis team. He has a 3.7 GPA and majoring in history with a minor in coaching and political science. This season, he played at #2 singles and #1 doubles. Benton was a first team USA South All-Conference and West Division selection.
Benton has been the Student Athlete Advisory Council president, representing LC at the USA South/NCAA Division III National Convention. He has been a Senior Residential Advisor and a Residential Advisor. Benton is the Delta Tau Delta Recruitment Chair and Sergeant-at-Arms, along with the being the Sponsorship Coordinator of the LaGrange College Campus Circle. He has spent time with children with learning disabilities at Discovery Cottage among the many service opportunities he has participated in.
Senior women's tennis player Jenna Eppes received the Dr. Waights G. Henry Academic Award, given to the senior female student-athlete with the highest-grade point average. Eppes carries a 3.97 GPA and will graduate summa cum laude with a degree in Accountancy. She has earned USA South Academic All-Conference and ITA Scholar Athlete honors three straight years. Eppes is a two-time USA South All-Conference selection and three-time West Division first team choice. As a freshman, she was the USA South Rookie of the Year.
Eppes received the Exceptional Accounting Award for the highest graduating GPA in the Accountancy/Business department. She was inducted into the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society. Eppes serves as President of Baptist Collegiate Ministries
Senior Robert Allen received the Dr. Malcolm Shackelford Award, given to the senior male student-athlete with the highest-grade point average. Allen has been a two-sport athlete in football and cross country. He has earned USA South Academic All-Conference honors and on the VPAA list each semester. Allen is a first-generation student and will graduate magna cum laude with a 3.83 GPA in political studies.
Allen was inducted into the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership honor societies. He has served as a Presidential Ambassador, been in the Student Government Association, and was the president of Black Male Initiative. He has volunteered for several organizations; including the Boys and Girls Club, Casa Alterna, Habitat for Humanity, and Relay for Life.