Four Faulkner County athletes, two each from the University of Central Arkansas and Hendrix College, are among the 10 finalists for the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame’s Star of Tomorrow Award.
They are Megan Herbert, UCA Sugar Bears basketball player; Seth Allison, UCA football player; Connor Silvestri of Conway, Hendrix soccer player; and Melissa Clement, Hendrix volleyball player.
The award is presented to the top college athlete from either an Arkansas-based college or university or an out-of-state school if that athlete is from Arkansas.
The Star of Tomorrow Award will be presented during the Hall of Fame’s induction banquet Friday, March 8, at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. The award will be given for accomplishments during the 2012 calendar year.
Athletes from all intercollegiate sports, male and female, are eligible for the award.
Sports information directors from colleges and universities nominate athletes for the award. The number of nominees per school is determined by the full-time enrollment. Colleges and universities with fewer than 5,000 students can nominate two athletes. The totals increase to four athletes for schools with between 5,000 and 10,000 students; six athletes for schools with between 10,000 and 15,000 students; eight athletes for schools with between 15,000 and 20,000 students; and 10 athletes for schools with more than 20,000 students.
A panel of media representatives determines the 10 finalists each year. The selection of each nominee is weighted as follows: 60 percent based on athletic performance, 20 percent based on academic performance and 20 percent based on community involvement.
The winner is determined using the following formula: 25 percent based on a public vote, 25 percent based on a vote by dues-paying members of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, 25 percent based on a vote by members of the Arkansas sports media and 25 percent based on a vote by Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame inductees.
The winner of the first Star of Tomorrow Award was Joe Adams, a football player from the University of Arkansas.
The other finalists are:
• Ryan Aplin, a football player from Arkansas State University
• Ashley Ray, a softball player from Henderson State University
• Connor Silvestri, a soccer player from Hendrix College
• Tyler Wilson, a football player from the University of Arkansas
• Mickey Hammer, a cross country runner from Southern Arkansas University
• Kevin Rodgers, a football player from Henderson State University
• Jaime Pisani, a gymnast from the University of Arkansas