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UNI's Banach Earns MVC Leadership & Service Award
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Sunday 02/26/2013

In an effort to honor the achievements of exceptional student-athletes, the Missouri Valley Conference has created the MVC Leadership & Service Award (formerly the Good Neighbor Award).  Ten student-athletes have been named by Commissioner Doug Elgin as the honorees for the 2012-13 winter season.

This year's winter honorees include Michelle Young, Bradley, Women's Basketball, Sophomore; Ally Jensen, Creighton, Women's Basketball, Senior; Cara Lutes, Drake, Women's Basketball, Sophomore; Taylor Ware, Evansville, Women's Basketball, Senior; Cecilia Holmes, Illinois State, Swimming & Diving, Sophomore; Rachael Johnson, Indiana State, Indoor Track & Field, Junior; Jared Roberts, Missouri State, Men's Swimming & Diving, Junior; Riley Banach, UNI, Wrestling, Junior; Melissa Larocque, Southern Illinois, Women's Swimming & Diving, Senior; Chynna Turner, Wichita State, Women's Basketball, Senior.

In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition.  The Valley will recognize 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees.  Institutions select their MVC Leadership & Service Award honorees.

Riley Banach, UNI, Wrestling, Junior

  • Athletics Director Honor Roll (Fall '10, Spring '11, Fall '11)
  • Western Wrestling Conference Coaches Honor Roll (2010-11, 2011-12)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes member since 2009 
  • FCA Event Leader (Fall 2012-present)
  • Boys and Girls Club volunteer
  • USA Wrestling tournament and camp volunteer
  • Waterloo Grout Museum volunteer
  • UNI Junior Panther Day volunteer
  • Bike and Helmet Day at Irving Elementary School
  • Irving Elementary School Counseling Group Mentor
  • UNI Wrestling Camp coach and mentor


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