In an effort to honor the achievements of exceptional student-athletes, the Missouri Valley Conference has created the State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award. University of Northern Iowa cross country senior Ashley Norem was this year’s recipient, after a stellar year on the course and in the classroom.
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To be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition. The Valley will recognize 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees.
This season, Norem earned All-MVC Honorable Mention after finishing 11th at the league championship in October. The senior also aided the Panthers to their best finish in program history at the NCAA Midwest Regional after UNI placed seventh overall while also beating out seven Power 5 teams in the process.
Norem has also excelled at UNI academically, earning a spot on the Dean’s list all four years as a Panther and winning the President’s Council Academic Award and the Commissioner Academic Excellence Award in 2016-17. Additionally, Norem won the Elite 18 Award after last season’s MVC Championship in 2016 and has placed on the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team in back-to-back seasons. The Panther is majoring in exercise science and has earned a 3.92 GPA while at UNI.
Norem also volunteers with the Boys & Girls Club of the Cedar Valley, Park to Park and the Hy-Vee Healthy Kids Initiative.