CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.
- Sophomore cross country and track and field student-athlete Megan Parks
was chosen to represent Southeast Missouri and the Ohio Valley Conference at the NCAA Leadership Forum in Orlando, Fla., Apr. 9-12.
Approximately 300 student-athletes, coaches and administrators are expected to attend this year's program at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.
"Megan is a phenomenal leader who epitomizes the three core values of the Southeast Athletics mission: academic excellence, social development and competitive success," said Southeast Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance Rachel Blunt
. "Her character and leadership skills make her an ideal candidate to represent our institution and the Ohio Valley Conference at the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum"
Academically, Parks is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a long-term plan to earn a doctorate degree in physical therapy. After two full-time semesters at Southeast, she has successfully earned 47 degree applicable hours while obtaining a 4.0 grade point average. Parks received numerous honors for her achievements in the classroom during the 2013-14 academic year, including the OVC Medal of Honor, OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll, Southeast Scholar-Athlete and Southeast's Dean's List.
Along with her success in the classroom, Parks has also been actively involved in several organizations on campus such as Club Red, Health and Wellness Association and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Through SAAC, Parks has been a part of many different volunteer and campus engagement activities. Last year, she helped organize the inaugural Student-Athlete Awards Ceremony. In addition, Parks has assisted with planning and organizing the SAAC-sponsored Rowdy's Winter Wonderland, a free event for children in the community to play games and enjoy the holiday season with Southeast student-athletes.
Competition wise, Parks was a member of the 2014 OVC Champion Women's Outdoor Track & Field team. She placed 17th at the 2014 OVC Women's Cross Country Championships and was named Southeast's Most Valuable Runner at the conclusion of that season.