Alabama's Nominees Are Impressive

Tennis player Saketh Myneni and gymnast Kassi Price have been nominated by The University of Alabama for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship. The McWhorter Scholarship has been presented by the Southeastern Conference since 1986 to the league's top male and female scholar-athletes. The 2010 recipients will be announced on April 6, National Student-Athlete Day.



Myneni, a senior from Andhra Pradesh, India, has earned a 3.79 grade point average, majoring in Finance and Economics. He is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll (2010 Spring Honor Roll announced later in spring) and has made the Dean's List four semesters and has earned President's List honors.

He was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV At-Large Team and has been a three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete. He is a Commerce and Business Administration Scholar-Athlete at UA as well as a Crimson Achievement Scholar.

Athletically, Myneni was a first-team All-SEC selection and qualified for the NCAA single championship in 2009. He has been ranked as high as 22nd in the nation in singles and 14th in doubles. He has been named SEC Player of the Week in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, he earned the Blue-Gray National Collegiate Tennis Classic Sportsmanship Award.

He is also active in the community, volunteering with the Walk to Defeat ALS every year since 2006, helped children at the local YMCA, taught tennis to children, including participating in the U.S. Tennis Association "Quick Start" program to teach tennis to at-risk youth

Price, a senior from Plantation, Fla., has earned a 4.00 grade point average, majoring in Marketing and Advertising. She is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll (2010 Winter Honor Roll announced later in spring) and has made the President's and Dean's List every semester at Alabama.

Price was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America Women's At-Large first-team in 2009 and third-team in 2008. She is a three-time National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women's Scholastic All-American. She is a member of 13 different honor societies, including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

A first-team All-America on the uneven bars in 2008 and second-team in 2007, Price has been ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation in the all-around. She helped lead the Crimson Tide to the SEC title and NCAA runner-up finish in 2009. She was an NCAA regional champion on the uneven bars and balance beam in 2008. Price has won 34 individual titles in her career.

She is vice president of the UA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee after serving as its secretary last year. She has participated in the RISE Program for Special Needs Children every year since 2006 as well as Project Angel Tree. She has volunteered at the Tuscaloosa Soup Kitchen, Glen Haven Retirement Home and "Night on the Green" event for breast cancer research.

She has spoken at local elementary schools, visited with middle school-aged girls to talk about the importance of education and time management and volunteered with the Easter Seals Walk and the SEC "Together We Can" food drive.

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