MSU senior Castro garners Arthur Ashe award
Jenny Castro, a senior majoring in broadcasting, was recognized as a member of the 2007 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education. Castro was named to the women’s basketball 1st team. The magazine established the awards to honor undergraduate students of color who are achieving both academically and athletically.
Castro has been a stand-out member of the MSU women’s basketball and track and field teams. In 2003-04, she helped the Lady Beavers reach the Elite Eight at NAIA II National Tournament. This year, she set the school record for most rebounds in a game with 20 rebounds. In 2006, Castro earned NAIA All-American Status in javelin and was the Dakota Athletic Conference outdoor track and field champion in javelin. She qualified for the 2006 indoor NAIA championships in shot put but did not compete due to a conflict with basketball. Castro just finished a term as the vice president of the MSU Student Association and is a member of Honors Society and Media Inc. She has served as a youth mentor with the YWCA for two years and has been involved with MSU Youth Basketball Camp for four years. Castro’s fall GPA was 4.0 and her overall GPA is 3.90. Visit the link (www.diverseeducation.com/Ashe2007a.asp) to read about her award.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education invites U.S. colleges and universities to participate in the annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. The awards are inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.’s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis. In addition to their athletic ability, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence and community activism. To be included, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport; maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2; and be active on their campuses or in their communities. Dick Jenkins, vice president for student affairs, nominated Castro.