Peach Belt Conference Commissioner Marvin Vanover announced that Lee Nejberger and Katie Stokes of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke have been named the outstanding male and female Student-Athletes of the Year for 2005-06.
The award makes UNCP only the second school in conference history to be home to both the male and female award winner in the same year. Nejberger played golf and majored in business, and Stokes played soccer and majored in psychology.
Stokes and Nejberger are the third and fourth UNCP athletes to receive the award, which is presented annually to the graduating senior with the highest overall GPA from the league’s 11 members.
Nejberger graduated summa cum laude from UNCP this spring with a 3.854 GPA (out of 4.0) double majoring in business management and marketing. A native of Lawndale, N.C., he was also named the Outstanding Business Student of the Year and was a member of the Alpha Chi national honor society.
Nejberger was recognized in Who's Who of American Colleges and Universities and was vice president of SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise). A four-year golfer at UNCP, he was named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll four times. On the course, the senior competed in six tournaments for the Braves in 2005-06 with a 79.14 stroke average. His best finish was a tie for 15th at the Pfeiffer Invitational where he shot back-to-back 74s.
Stokes graduated magna cum laude from UNCP this spring with a 3.945 GPA. She earned a B.S. in psychology with a minor in athletic coaching. From Charles Town, W.V., Stokes was a member of the Alpha Chi National honor society and was recognized in Who's Who of American Colleges and Universities.
On the field, Stokes was an All-Conference defender for the Lady Braves, who finished 13-6-1 for the year and advanced to the Peach Belt Conference tournament final four. She started in all 20 games, scoring two goals from the back, and was the key to a defense that allowed 1.32 goals per game, third lowest in the conference.
The Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year is the highest individual academic honor the conference presents each year. The students must be graduating seniors and have played and studied at a Peach Belt member institution for at least two academic years. Each member-school nominates one male and one female student-athlete for the award.