May 9, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Brandon Francesconi
and Kelsea Seymour
were named the Southern Miss Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year at the department's recent year-end Student Academic Honors program at the Thad Cochran Center.
Francesconi, a business administration major, has been heavily involved in community service. Some of his involvement include speaking to students at the Hawkins Elementary Day Treatment class about following directions, discipline, respect and doing well in school. He has volunteered at the Thames Elementary School community based class Mardi Gras parade. He also hosted a community-based class from Thames to tour the athletic/football facilities.
Francesconi, a member of the Golden Eagle football team, played in all 14 games at linebacker and finished with six solo tackles and 12 assists including 1.5 tackles for loss.
The Burlingame, Calif., native has a 3.760 cumulative GPA and was award a C-USA Academic Medalist. He was selected to attend the 2012 NCAA Career in Sports Forum.
Seymour, a member of the school's volleyball squad, who capped off her final season earning AVCA All-Midwest Region first team honors and honor mention AVCA All-American honors for the second consecutive year.
The Long Beach, Calif., native also came away with the top team honor, the Sharon Montgomery Award, awarded to the team's most valuable player. Seymour was named the Conference USA Setter of the Year, first team All-C-USA while earning C-USA Setter of the Week three times. She finished her career with 4,635 assists for a 10.05 per set average, 77 aces and 1,223 digs.
She has been named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll four years and is a President's List Scholar, a five-time Dean's List Scholar and Academic Director's Honor Roll honoree.
In other awards, the Southern Miss women's volleyball team captured the Team Academic Award by sporting the highest grade point average of any team with a 3.57.
A total of 83 student-athletes also were recognized as C-USA Medalists (3.75-4.00 GPA) over the last year, while 125 earned C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll (3.0-3.749 GPA) accolades.