Aug. 8, 2005
Cullowhee, N.C. - Eleven former Western Carolina student-athletes participated in graduation exercises this past weekend at the Ramsey Activity Center, including five who were part of Southern Conference Championship teams.
Two female student-athletes headline the list. First, Kyla Deon, who four-year starter on Western's first women's soccer team and member of the 2001 SoCon Championship team, received her Master of Business Administration. Second, Tonya Edmonds received her B.S. in Sport Management. Edmonds, an All-SoCon Track & Field performer, was one of 32 NCAA student-athletes to be awarded a postgraduate scholarship through its Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship Programs for 2005-06
Others to receive their B.S. in Sport Management included John Carpenter (men's basketball manager), Jonathan Frank (baseball manager), Kristin Cotton (tennis), Vicki Randall (football manager), Jason Stepp (track & field) and Terrence Woodyard (men's basketball).
Stepp, who garnered numerous All-SoCon honors in the indoor and outdoor throws, joined Deonte Cook, who played football as well, as members of the 2004 SoCon Indoor Championship team. Cook, a part-time starter at corner back over the past three years on the gridiron, received his B.S. in Criminal Justice.
Two other Catamounts to be a part of SoCon Championship teams in 2003 were Derrick Hawk (baseball) and Jennifer Palmer (women's golf). Hawk, who hails from Sylva, was a key member of that 2003 team, posting a 10-2 record with four saves to earn all-league honors. He received his B.S. in Sociology, while Palmer received her B.S. in Business Administration.