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Ole Miss' Bram Ten Berge Named McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete Of The Year


Courtesy: Ole Miss Athletics Media Relations

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Ole Miss men’s tennis player Bram ten Berge and University of Tennessee swimmer Christine Magnuson have been named recipients of the 2008-09 H. Boyd McWhorter Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced Monday.  The awards will be formally presented to the two student-athletes at the annual Awards Banquet at the league’s spring meeting in Destin, Fla. on May 28.

The two were chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from SEC universities.  Both will receive a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by AT&T, an SEC Corporate Champion sponsor, and the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

“The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award is the highest honor a student-athlete can receive in the Southeastern Conference,” said Slive.  “The commitment and dedication that Christine and Bram embody makes them excellent selections for the McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award.  They are outstanding representatives of their institutions and the Southeastern Conference.”

“There are nearly 4,000 student athletes in the Southeastern Conference,” Chancellor Dr. Robert C. Khayat said.   Bram’s selection as the recipient of the SEC’s 2009 Male H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship is a remarkable achievement and brings great credit to Bram, his family, the university, and our department of athletics.  Our community warmly commends Bram, and we extend to him our heartfelt congratulations.”

“Ole Miss is very fortunate having Bram representing our great institution,” Athletics Director Pete Boone said.  “Seldom can an individual excel in athletics and academics at such a lofty level.  Congratulations to Bram for this achievement and to Coach Billy Chadwick for providing such a supportive environment.”

ten Berge, a senior from Maarssen, Netherlands, has a 3.97 grade point average, majoring in Classics, with a minor in German. He was the 2006 SEC Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.  He has made the Chancellor’s Honor Roll every semester at Ole Miss and is a four-time ITA Scholar-Athlete recipient.

He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies and has earned the Eta Sigma Phi Award for Excellence in Latin twice.

“There are so many great students in the SEC,” ten Berge said.   “Being elected as the representative of Ole Miss is already a great honor, because there are so many excellent student-athletes here.  But to be tops among every sport in the SEC is amazing.  It’s such an honor to be the winner.  I have to thank the University, my professors and my coaches and teammates.”

On the tennis courts, ten Berge is an ITA All-American and All-SEC performer and is captain of this year’s Rebel squad, currently ranked No. 2 in the nation.  He was the 2008 ITA All-American Doubles Champion and a semifinalist in the NCAA Doubles Championship last season.  He has helped lead the Rebels to an overall SEC Championship, four consecutive SEC West titles, two NCAA Sweet Sixteens, an NCAA Elite Eight and the NCAA Final Four in 2005.

ten Berge has been active in Special Olympics, organizing annual competitions in tennis, has participated in outreach programs to local elementary schools and planned, organized and participated in local canned food drives. He was also a member of Ole Miss’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two years.

A member of Who’s Who Among Students, ten Berge is the son of Lock and Jeanette ten Berge.

“It goes without saying this is an exceptional honor for Bram and our university,” head coach Billy Chadwick said.  “Beyond the honor, it has been a rare privilege to work with such an outstanding individual on a day-to-day basis.  Through his relentless hard work and dedication, Bram has inspired his teammates and coaches to be their best.  Congratulations to Bram for being recognized as the top student-athlete in the SEC.”

ten Berge becomes the fourth student-athlete at Ole Miss to be named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  Ole Miss won the award back-to-back years in 1987 with Jeff Noblin (Medicine) and 1988 with Danny Hoskins (Chemical Engineering).  Rob Robertson (Biological Science) won it in 2005.  All three played football for the Rebels.