ST. LOUIS –
One of ten honorees in the Missouri Valley Conference, senior Brandon Weismann of the Missouri State men's swimming and diving team was awarded with the State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award, announced Wednesday by league Commissioner Doug Elgin.
A four-year member of the men's squad, Weissman set numerous personal records in his final season – helping the Bears earn a second-place finish at the Mid-American Conference Championships. The Chesterfield, Mo., native has racked up multiple academic honors including three and a half year stints on the Missouri State Dean's List as well as the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
Carrying a 4.0 GPA in the Accounting/Accelerated Masters of Accounting program, Weissman has received the Board of Governors Scholarship each semester and was named a Marron and White Scholar-Athlete from 2014-2016. The senior picked up several MAC honors during his career, earning Academic All-MAC Team, MAC Honor Roll and MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete honors as well as the MAC Commissioner's Award in both his sophomore and junior seasons.
A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Weismann is very active in the community. Showing just as much commitment to his constituents, he has performed community service at the St. Louis Area Food Bank, Ozarks Food Harvest, Accounting Tutor Lab at MSU, Adopt-A-Street, Boys and Girls Club, Adopt-A-Family, Project Linus, Girls on the Run 5K, Bass Pro Marathon and American Red Cross Holidays for Heroes.
The MVC created the award in an effort to honor the achievements of exceptional student-athletes. In order 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. Institutions select their State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award honorees.
Previous Missouri State winners of the MVC Leadership and Service Award are:
Fall 2007 - Carrie Vestal, Sr., women's cross country
Winter 2007-08 - Amy Crowder, Sr., women's swimming & diving
Spring 2008 - Chris Playter, Jr., baseball
Fall 2008 - David Arkin, So., football
Winter 2008-09 - Roxy Stiles, Jr., women's basketball
Spring 2009 - Jen Carr, Sr., softball
Fall 2009 - Terry Phillips, So., women's cross country
Winter 2009-10 - Will Creekmore, Jr., men's basketball
Spring 2010 - Scott Glenn
, Jr., men's golf
Fall 2010 - Heath Melugin, Jr., men's soccer
Winter 2010-11 - Rene Smith, Sr., women's swimming & diving
Spring 2011 - Emily Matthews
, Jr., women's golf
Fall 2011 - Ashlee Mason, So., volleyball
Winter 2011-12 - Christiana Shorter, Jr., women's basketball
Spring 2012 - Emily Beaver, Jr., women's track/cross country
Fall 2012 - Chelsea Voet, Sr., women's soccer
Winter 2012-13 - Jared Roberts, Jr., men's swimming & diving
Spring 2013 - Kimsue Grant, Sr., track & field
Fall 2013 - Caleb Schaffitzel, Jr., football
Winter 2013-14 - Bryonna Snow, Sr., women's basketball
Spring 2014 - Eric Straub
, Sr., men's golf
Fall 2014 - Leah Reitmayer, Jr., field hockey
Winter 2014-15 - Tyler McCullough, So., men's basketball
Spring 2015 - Ali Trickey, Sr., softball
Fall 2015 - Tenaly Smith, Sr., cross country
Winter 2015-16 - Ibby Simcox
, Sr., women's swimming & diving
Spring 2015-16 – Caroline Boone, Jr., women's golf
Fall 2015-16 – Shelby Harris, Sr., football