The 2004 recipients of the prestigious Dale B. Lake Presidential Award have been named. This award is a yearly endeavor that honors KVCC's founding President, Dale B. Lake, by giving annual recognition to outstanding student-athletes at KVCC. Exceptional academic achievement, as well as outstanding athletic contribution, is given special consideration. This year the lady recipient is from nearby Centreville High School. She is Erin Palmer. The male recipient is Jesus David Pardo.
Erin graduated from Centreville High School in St. Joe County. She has excelled in both basketball and volleyball throughout her high school and college career, winning numerous honors in the classroom and in FOUR sports. Among her most prestigious high school honors was her selection as an MHSAA Scholar Athlete. She was 2nd team All State in volleyball her senior year. Erin is a Business Administration major who has distinguished herself as Academic All Conference, All State, and All American while at KVCC. She carries a 3.62 GPA with 62 hours passed in four semesters. In her first season as a Cougar, she achieved 1st Team All Conference, All State, and All Region honors in volleyball. She duplicated that outstanding feat in her sophomore season of volleyball, adding to those honors with a team MVP award. She was captain of KVCC's highly successful volleyball team both seasons. She is headed for Oakland University on a volleyball scholarship.
As a freshman basketball player at KVCC, Erin achieved 2nd team All Conference honors in the tough MCCAA Western Conference. Last year she was a major contributor to KVCC's State and Regional Championship team, helping that team to a 32-3 season and an appearance in the NJCAA Division II Final Four. After running off an unprecedented 29 straight victories and an undefeated Conference Championship, her Cougar squad was ranked number four in the nation at season's end.
Jesus David Pardo has achieved a 3.88 GPA in four semesters at KVCC. His academic achievements have garnered him prestigious Distinguished Academic All American honors. In 2003 David was a National Champion in the #2 Flight doubles back draw, and he achieved Most Improved Player recognition that year as well. He also won the 2004 NJCAA Region Championship in doubles. David is an engineering major. Coach Davies notes that "David has been a dedicated, hard-working member of our tennis team for two years. He came as a walk-on for the '03 season and ended up playing #5 singles and #2 doubles. He was always focused on court and at practice, often being the last one to leave the practice court. David led by example..."
David is going to continue classes this fall at KVCC, until he finds the right combination of an engineering school that has a strong tennis program, to which he plans to transfer.
"These two fine student-athletes exemplify what's good about athletic competition," remarked Athletic Director, Dick Shilts. "Their outstanding performance qualifies them for this high award. They have been role models for athletes everywhere. Their classroom achievements speak volumes about their discipline and effort, but perhaps even more impressive has been their humble attitude about all of their successes. KVCC couldn't be prouder of these two fine student-athletes."