OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - University of North Carolina senior midfielder Amber Brooks of New Hope, Pa. is among the ten NCAA® women's soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field and were selected as finalists Wednesday for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate soccer.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.
Brooks is the fifth Tar Heel to be named a finalist in the six years of the existence of the award. Previous finalists from UNC were Jessica Maxwell in 2007, Yael Averbuch in 2008, Kristi Eveland in 2009 and Ali Hawkins in 2010. Hawkins won the Senior CLASS Award two years ago.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 women's candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through November 19. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Women's College Cup® championships. The Women's College Cup will take place November 30 and December 2 in San Diego.
The finalists for this year's award are Amber Brooks of North Carolina, Tara Campbell of Duke, Adrianna Franch of Oklahoma State, Tishia Jewell of UCF, Lindsi Cutshall of BYU, Aly Miller of Marquette, Mariah Nogueira of Stanford, Natalie Morris of Utah State, Mallory Schaffer of William and Mary and Colleen Williams of Dayton.