Betty Jo Graber Award - Female Student-Athlete of the Year

In conjunction with the David Rowlands Award, the Betty Jo Graber Award was created by the NJCAA in 1992. Graber was an influential leader in the Association and helped pioneer the creation of the Women's Division of the NJCAA in 1975. As the NJCAA Region 5 Women's Director, Graber chaired the Association's women's basketball committee from its inception in 1975 until her retirement in 1991. In addition to her contributions on the NJCAA Board of Directors, Graber helped establish the NJCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association and was a member of its inaugural hall of fame class in 1998. Also a member of the national Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, Graber was a leader that exhibited dedication, service and resilience - traits that are recognized annually to the top female student-athlete with the award named in her honor.

BETTY JO GRABER FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

YEAR NAME SPORT COLLEGE
  2016-17 Brynn Minor Softball Butler (KS)  

2015-16 Rylee Bayless Softball Northeastern Oklahoma A&M

2014-15 Michelle Schwartz Lacrosse Monroe CC (NY)

2013-14 Bruna Evangelista Volleyball Blinn (TX)

2012-13 Vanessa Benke Volleyball Central Florida

2011-12 Tyryshia Centeno Swimming & Diving Indian River State (FL)

2010-11 Mitsuki Katahira Golf Daytona State (FL)

2009-10 Kelly Closse Track & Field South Plains (TX)

2008-09 Nicola Race Golf Redlands (OK)

2007-08 Lindsey Palmer Softball Salt Lake (UT)

2006-07 Kristina Jenkins Bowling Hudson Valley (NY)

2005-06 Sally Kipyego Cross Country/Track & Field South Plains (TX)

2004-05 Chelsie Mesa Softball  Phoenix (AZ) 

2003-04 Heidi Brooks Basketball/Softball  Corning (NY)

2002-03 Natashia Morehead Basketball Gulf Coast State (FL)

2001-02 Yuliana Perez Track & Field  Pima (AZ)

2000-01 Stephanie Martin Volleyball  Southern Idaho

1999-00 Devra Viekant  Cross Country/Track & Field  Utah Valley State 

1998-99 Yalika Barnes Basketball  Trinity Valley (TX) 

1997-98 Kaunda Kay Williams Basketball  Gulf Coast State (FL) 

1996-97  Nicole Weed Softball Daytona State (FL)

1995-96 Tricia Ferrin Basketball Utah Valley State

1994-95  Kay Mannebach Cross Country/Track & Field Colby (KS)

1993-94 Nema Corey Softball Meridian (MS)

1992-93  Carey Burton Volleyball Barton (KS)

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