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Hampton University Golfer Jakari Harris Receives George A. Christenberry Award at Big South Hall of Fame Dinner
06/07/2019 - #280

First Hampton Student-Athlete To Earn Big South Conference Top Academic Award

HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Jakari Harris, from the women's golf team, was honored May 30 as one of 10 recipients of the George A. Christenberry Award at The Westin Resort in Hilton Head, S.C., as part of the Big South Conference's annual Spring Meetings and Hall of Fame Dinner.

It is the most prestigious academic honor by the conference.  The award is given to the male and female student-athlete who attain the highest GPA during their undergraduate collegiate careers.

"I am so proud of Jakari Harris for being Hampton's first Christenberry Award winner," said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey.   "These awards are very special in the conference and to have her earn one in our first season shows the type of student-athlete we aim for at Hampton University."

Harris, a chemical engineering major who carries a 4.06 grade point average, had her best three-round event at the Big South Championships with a 248 three-round total and a season best round of 79.  She was tops on the team in scoring average at 83.2 for the 2018-19 season.

 "I would also like to extend my congratulations to Jakari Harris for being Hampton's first George A. Christenberry Award winner," said Dr. JoAnn W. Haysbert, Chancellor and Provost for Hampton University.  "Earning this prestigious award from the conference reinforces the "Standard of Excellence" that has been a motto of Hampton University forever."

Big South member institutions nominate one male and one female undergraduate student-athlete for the annual Christenberry Award.  The honor is named for George A. Christenberry, the former President of Augusta College (now Augusta University) and one of the founders of the Big South Conference.  A member of the Big South Hall of Fame, Christenberry served as the league's first President from 1983-86.

Congratulations to Jakari Harris for winning this prestigious award.

For more information on Hampton University women's golf, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5757 or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.

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