FVSU Celebrates Scholars and Athletes


Scholar-athlete Brian Cornish Brandishes His SIAC Football Championship Ring

Growing up, the championship bragging rights in Brian Cornish’s household belonged to his father, a Wildcat football team member who won three championships with his teammates. Today, Cornish has his own story to tell after helping to lead the Wildcats to the 2016 SIAC championship as co-captain. Cornish and other team members received their championship rings at the Athletics Banquet on April 26, thanks to the generous support of FVSU football boosters. Cornish was one of dozens of athletes recognized at the banquet for both scholarship and sportsmanship. President Paul Jones, PhD, Provost T. Ramon Stuart, PhD, Athletic Director Daryl Pope, PhD, and a host of Wildcat supporters recognized individual athletes along with the sports teams that represented FVSU well on the national stage:

Wildcats Football Team: SIAC Champions and Fountain City Classic Winners
Wildcats Men’s Basketball Team: SIAC Tournament 2nd Place
Lady Wildcats Women’s Basketball Team: SIAC Regular Season 3rd Place

Cornish is an example of the scholar-athlete Pope has made a priority of celebrating. He is the male athlete with the highest grade point average and has made the Dean’s List each of his four years at the University while also playing in the starting lineup. He grew up watching his grandparents grow fruits and vegetables in their large garden and became interested in agriculture. He chose agricultural economics as a major to explore how the world gets fed and offer solutions to challenges associated with limited resources and growing populations. He’s already conducted and presented research on the financial impact of removing antibiotic food additives from conventional swine production. As team captain, he’s tried to lead by quiet example, showing how a positive attitude can motivate teams to accomplish their goals.

Watch the full interview with Cornish below.

Cornish has already been accepted to graduate school at Auburn University and has some frank advice for younger students who want to succeed both on the field and in the classroom. “Being as student athlete is just that,” he said. “The student part comes before the athlete part for a reason. Without the grades, you’re never going to play on the team. Being disciplined in the classroom is just as important as being disciplined on the field.”

A list of awardees follows:

Men’s Basketball

Top Academic Award: Jaylon McMillan

Coaches Awards: Kris Bell and Korbian Bell

Newcomers Award: James Barnes

Wildcat Award: J.R. Bryant and Jamal Garror

Best Rebounder: Denard Williams

Best Offensive Player: Jalen Crawford

Best Defensive Player: Tyler Edwards

Most Improved: Anton Hurst

Women’s Basketball

Most Valuable Player: Shekiya Tarpkins

Most Improved: Briunca Caldwell

Hustle Award: Alicia Franklin

Most Outstanding Freshman: Nola Carter

Top Academic Award: Jalin Moye


Freshman of the Year: Brianna Jackson

Best Pitcher: Tenia Johnson

Sportsmanship Award: Aliyah Speight

Coaches Award: Keteria Loney

Highest Batting Average: Shakerra Geter

Football Team

Offensive Most Valuable Player: Otis Brown

Defensive Most Valuable Player: Brian Walker

Special Teams Most Valuable Player: Juan Serna

Coaches Award: Brian Cornish

Top Academic Award: Roderick Burnette


Defensive Specialist Award: Ashley Simmons-Blair

Hustle Award: Rita Davis

Most Outstanding Freshman: India King

Coaches Award: Ashaunti Brown

Top Academic Award: Raymee Johnson

Most Valuable Player: Maya Stewart

Women’s Cross Country

Most Valuable Player, Female Runner: Jasmine Davis

Coaches Award: Justice Stegall

Coaches Award: Kendra Jolly

Most Outstanding Player: Mahogany Joiner

Top Academic Award: Jasmine Davis

Men’s Cross Country

Most Valuable Player, Male Runner: Anton Hurst

Most Outstanding Player: Quinton Frederick

Coaches Award: Walter Chambers

Coaches Award: Jonathan Thompson

Top Academic Award: Quinton Frederick

Women’s Track and Field

Newcomer Award: Ashaunti Brown

Most Valuable Player, Running Events: Mahogany Joiner

Most Valuable Player, Field Events: Ashaunti Brown

Top Academic Award: Jasmine Davis

Men’s Track and Field

Newcomer Award: John Davis

Most Improved:   Quinton Frederick

Most Valuable Player, Field Events: Camron Young

Most Valuable Player, Running Events: Aaron Singfield

Top Academic Award: Quinton Frederick

Womens Tennis

Most Outstanding Player: Brishon Bridges

Newcomer Award: Tyneicia Smith

Most Valuable Player: Kariah Kelly

Top Academic Award: Alia Hayes

Mens Tennis

Newcomer Award: David Hill, Jr.

Most Valuable Player: Ralph Kelly

Most Outstanding Player: Christian Boyd

Top Academic Award: Micaiah Dawson

Cheer Team

Outstanding Leadership: Desherrione Crutchfield

Most Dedicated: Knilah Waters

Most Improved: Alyssa Williams

Coaches Award: Alzanekia James

Top Academic Award: Sharkethia Jones

Scholar-athlete Award for Achieving a 3.0 Grade Point Average in Fall 2016

Men’s Basketball

Jaylon McMillan

Tyler Edwards

Women’s Cross Country

Jasmine Davis

Raven Mobley

Men’s Track

Dexter Curtis

John Davis

Quinton Frederick

Samuel Mackey


Ashaunti Brown

Jordan Davis

Rita Davis

Raymee Johnson

Maya Stewart

Women’s Basketball

Nola Carter

Alexia Green

Jalin Moye


David Brown

Roderick Burnette

Brian Cornish

Karonte Donaldson

Aaron Dore

Trevon Ellison

Demontay Jones

Alphonso Martinez

Dartavious Pearson

Quinterious Prather

Juan Serna

Kabais Trice

Devonte West

Trahmad Wiggins

Men’s Cross Country

Chukwudi Madubuike


Marlayzha Crutchfield

Amiah Height

Jackson Brianna

Kaylen Johnson

Ketoria Loney

Men’s Tennis

Henri Abrams

Micaiah Dawson

Women’s Tennis

Brishon Bridges

Alia Hayes

Women’s Track

Antonia Jones

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