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MOUNT VERNON – Mount Vernon Nazarene Athletics is pleased to announce that Rachel Parks of women’s basketball and Sam Romine of men’s golf have been named the 2018-19 recipients of the Foster Award.

The Foster Award is given annually to one senior female and one senior male student-athlete at MVNU who has excelled in their athletic endeavors and in the classroom, displayed a Christian witness, and has shown leadership on the campus and in the community. The award is named for Dale and Edith Foster, who were instrumental in unifying the community to purchase the property that has become MVNU. They were faithful supporters of and contributors to Cougar athletics, with Dale serving as MVNU’s golf coach for several years.

Rachel Parks played in 31 games this season, including eight starts, after having to sit out the entire 2017-18 season. She returned to average 4.9 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game and shot 31.2% from the field. Parks had previously played in 2015-16 and 2016-17, starting all 60 games between the two seasons. She averaged 5.7 points per game, scoring 517 career points and averaged 2.4 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists per game.

Parks also had an outstanding career in the classroom at MVNU. She carried a 3.76 GPA through four years, qualifying for the Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete award and being named Crossroads League Academic All-Conference this past season.

“Rachel has made a huge impact on this program in her 4 years here,” said MVNU head women’s basketball coach Amanda Short. “She was a freshman my first year coaching at MVNU and she was a part of a lot of change and part of laying the foundation of what we want MVNU Women’s basketball to look like. I could not have asked for a better person to rebuild a program with. It was a privilege watching her grow into such a godly woman her four years in the program and at MVNU.”

“She is hardworking, dedicated, a great leader and a great teammate,” continued Short. “All of these great qualities as a player transfer to her involvement and impact off the court in the classroom and on campus. Rachel loves to help others and this shows in all the extracurricular activities she chose to take part in. She dedicates her time and efforts to being there for other people. Her heart for the Lord was evident in all that she does. This is what made Rachel a great leader on the court. She is selfless and wanted the best for her team. Rachel is very deserving of the Fosters Award and I am so happy for her and proud of her for giving her heart to MVNU and to the women’s basketball program. She has made a difference and left the program better because she was part of it. I know for a fact she did that in the nursing program and around campus and will continue to do that as she moves on to the next chapter.”

Sam Romine was an All-Crossroads League Honorable Mention this past season after a stellar season for MVNU. His best finish in 2018-19 was tied for fourth place at the Saint Francis Cougars Invitational. Harmon tied for 17th overall at the Crossroads League Championships, MVNU’s best individual finisher at the event this season.

Romine is a Crossroads League Academic All-Conference and Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete qualifier, having won the awards in 2017-18 and on pace to win them again in 2018-19. Romine has a 3.85 GPA in four years at MVNU. Romine was also named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team for the At-Large category last year.

“Sam has been one of the finest Christian young men that you could ever meet,” said MVNU golf coach Mike King. “It has been an honor to have coached these past 4 years. His character, leadership, attitude, and genuineness have been a great example and inspiration for all of his teammates and the whole MVNU community. He is well deserving of this honor.”