Nicholls’ Taylor, NSU’s Zirkle Named Semifinalists for 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy

first_imgZirkle, a senior offensive lineman, finished with a 3.87 GPA as a business major in undergrad and now has a perfect 4.0 mark studying homeland security in grad school. He anchors a Demon offensive line that ranks 27th among FCS programs in passing yards per game (276.3) and stands in the top-50 nationally in tackles for loss allowed per game (5.5) and sacks allowed per game (1.5). Zirkle is a two-time member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-Southland teams and represented the league at the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum.  The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 30, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2019 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class presented by Fidelity Investments. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators. Celebrating its 30th year in 2019, the award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership. Taylor and Zirkle are among the 185 individuals honored from all three NCAA divisions and NAIA. IRVING, Texas – Nicholls running back Dontrell Taylor and Northwestern State offensive lineman Chris Zirkle are semifinalists for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda, the National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame announced Wednesday. Full Release/Semifinalist Listcenter_img Nominated by their schools, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. Taylor, a senior running back, boasts a 3.72 GPA in petroleum services safety technology. He was a Second-Team All-Southland selection in 2018 after leading the team in rushing yards (990) and scoring 10 total touchdowns. Taylor suffered an injury in fall camp and has missed the first four weeks of the season. A two-time Academic All-Southland pick, he picked up CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in 2018. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. Live during the event, one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 30th Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.Launched in 1959, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards presented by Fidelity Investments celebrate their 61st year in 2019. The awards were the first initiative in history to grant postgraduate scholarships based on both a player’s academic and athletic accomplishments, and the NFF has recognized 854 outstanding individuals since their inception.last_img read more

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Educated wholesalers key to Africa success Beyond

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A More Australians and New Zealanders are travelling to Africa than ever before, thanks largely to a dedicated group of educated wholesalers, said an African luxury travel company. In Australia to update wholesalers on his product, &Beyond Australasia Sales Manager, Edwin Steyn said that expert wholesale tour operators were instrumental in getting Australian and New Zealander travellers to Africa.According to Mr Steyn, wholesalers play a vital role in Australasia, given that the here market follows the traditional model of wholesalers coordinating with suppliers to get the best value and insight for retail travel agencies.“The bulk of our business comes from wholesalers,” Mr Steyn told e-Travel Blackboard.“Three years ago we hit our highest target [of Australians staying at an &Beyond property] and this year we’ve already surpassed that,” he said.“And New Zealand has grown a further 60 per cent from our highest figures ever.”My Steyn attributed this growth not only to an increasing Australasian interest in Africa, but also to the work of dedicated wholesalers who know their product.“It’s all about education, education, education,” Mr Steyn said.“We organise a couple of educational trips each year so that wholesalers can know the product and take that knowledge to the retailers.”Going off current and future occupancy levels, Mr Steyn forecasts continued growth of Australians and New Zealanders visiting Africa.According to &Beyond, Kenya will grow up to 30 per cent by year end; South Africa, already showing 20 per cent growth, will grow a further 15 per cent; and Tanzania is set to grow a whopping 40 per cent.The company will service this growth with plans to open the Meru, Kenya project, currently “in discussion”. “Before we even consider opening a lodge we consider if it will be profitable, have a viable conservation impact, and if there is a local community next to the proposed site that will benefit from our presence,” Mr Steyn said.In the meantime, &Beyond have reinvested in their existing lodges, resulting in a massive across the board refurbishment. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1f79e/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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