William Carey University student-athletes Larson Barkurn of Petal and Hope Biggs of Clinton recently received David M. Halbrook Certificates for Academic Achievement Among Athletes.
Barkurn and Biggs were recognized during Carey’s weekly chapel service on November 11 by Dr. Tommy King, Carey president, and by their coaches, Bobby Halford and Jeff Mixon.
A pitcher and third baseman for the Crusader baseball team, Barkurn is a junior business administration major with a concentration in management and marketing. He is a former pitcher and quarterback for Petal High School and is a two-year starter for the Crusaders. He serves as an officer for Carey’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter and as a member of the dean’s advisory council for the School of Business. He has also been recognized as a scholar-athlete by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Biggs, a graduate of Central Hinds Academy in Raymond and an inductee into their Hall of Fame, is a senior golfer at Carey. She is a psychology major with a coaching minor and the president of Carey’s FCA chapter. She is also a member of the Association of Student-Athletes, a governance structure within the NAIA, and an officer on the Student Leadership Council for the Southern States Athletic Conference. Biggs has received numerous awards for competition and academic success, including several event titles, All-Tournament and All-Academic awards and NAIA Scholar-Athlete status.
The Halbrook Awards, which are administered by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning, the Mississippi Community College Board and the Mississippi Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, recognize colleges and universities that maintain and achieve high academic standards for student-athletes. Two student-athletes from each institution of higher learning in the state are selected annually for the certificates based on academic scores, athletic contribution, character, community service and leadership.