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Six Emory & Henry Student-Athletes Named To 2017-18 VaSID Academic All-State Team

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ASHLAND, Va. - Six student-athletes from Emory & Henry College have been named to the 2017-18 VaSID Academic All-State Team, VaSID officials announced Monday. VaSID is the professional organization of the Virginia Sports Information Directors. This year, the team honors 217 student-athletes from 37 institutions for their academic performance during the 2017-18 academic year.

E&H's selections were seniors Derrick Boardwine (Chilhowie, Va.) of cheerleading, Bri Chessock (Winston-Salem, N.C.) from women's swimming, softball's Leah Elswick (Honaker, Va.), Daulton Horne (Bristol, Va.) of baseball, Buck Kirtland (Richmond, Va.) of men's cross country and track & field and women's soccer's Madison Vaughn (Gate City, Va.).

"These six student-athletes have set themselves apart with their commitment to excellence both athletically and in the classroom," said Joe Matthews, E&H's Director of Sports Information & Game Day Operations. "I am proud to be a member of an organization like VaSID which is devoted to recognizing the hard work and dedication of student-athletes across the Commonwealth. It is fitting as members of the higher education community to also honor our student-athletes for their academic success in addition to their athletic accomplishments."

Each school is given six spots on the team for deserving student-athletes. Team members must be at least a sophomore and carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average to receive the honor. All four-year colleges in Virginia are eligible to be included.

The VaSID All-State teams are selected by sports information directors of member institutions of the Virginia Sports Information Directors across the Commonwealth of Virginia. VaSID, founded in 1983, selects Academic All-State teams across all sports in addition to All-State teams in two divisions (University and College) for 13 sports and three single-division teams.

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Emory & Henry's 2017-18 VaSID Academic All-State Honorees 

Name Sport Year Hometown Major
Derrick Boardwine Cheerleading Sr. Chilhowie, Va. Accounting
Bri Chessock Women's Swimming Sr. Winston-Salem, N.C. English Education
Leah Elswick Softball Sr. Honaker, Va. Civic Innovation/Sociology
Daulton Horne Baseball Sr. Bristol, Va. Biology
Buck Kirtland Men's Cross Country/Track & Field Sr. Richmond, Va. Civic Innovation
Madison Vaughn Women's Soccer Sr. Gate City, Va. History Education