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  • Travis Trice

    “I feel like I’ve grown as a person both on and off the court.  Being a Spartan is one of the greatest honors to have.  It’s the definition of being selfless, caring about other people more than yourself.”

    Travis Trice , 2015
    NCAA BASKETBALL 2011 - Dec 4 - Nebraska-Omaha at Michigan State

    Sport:

    Men's Basketball

    Major:

    Communication

    Position:

    Point Guard

    Hometown:

    Huber Heights, OH

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  • David Zoltowski

    “MSU has given me a unique opportunity. I was given the opportunity to compete in the Big Ten while also striving for excellence outside of the pool.”

    David Zoltowski , Class of 2015
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    Sport:

    Men's Swimming & Diving

    Major:

    Electrical Engineering - Bio Medical

    Position:

    Free/IM

    Hometown:

    West Lafayette, IN

    Record Achievements:

    Rhodes Scholarship Finalist, Churchill Scholarship recipient, Goldwater Scholarship, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar

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  • Keith Mumphery

    “Being able to be a role model, the first one from my town to go to a Division One college for football; it gives the kids hope.”

    Keith Mumphery , Class of 2015
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    Sport:

    Football

    Major:

    Communications

    Position:

    WR

    Hometown:

    Vienna, GA

    Record Achievements:

    Allstate Good Works Team Nominee, Academic All-Big Ten, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

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  • Joe Johnson

    “School wasn’t that big of a deal to me. Then, I realized there is more to life and that you can apply all these things you learn in wrestling, you can apply them to life. I started really working hard in my school and realized I am actually pretty smart, I am now going into my 4th year and I still have a 4.0.”

    Joe Johnson , Class of 2015
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    Sport:

    Wrestling

    Major:

    Finance

    Hometown:

    South Lyon, MI

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  • Kori Moster

    “Being a Spartan means being a part of something greater than yourself. Being my fourth years it’s amazing what I’m provided with just being a Michigan State Spartan. It’s something I want to carry with me for the rest of my life.”

    Kori Moster , Class of 2015
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    Sport:

    Volleyball

    Position:

    L

    Hometown:

    Cincinnati, OH

    Record Achievements:

    Two-time All-American (HM 2012, Third Team 2013) , Two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2013), 2013 USA Volleyball College National Team

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  • Leah O’Connor

    My Spartan Experience

    by: Leah O’Connor 

    There is not a doubt in my mind that I was meant to be a Spartan.

    As a high school senior I had multiple options as to where I was going to continue my academic and running career. I visited handfuls of different universities and weighed the pros and cons of each institution. But when I took my final college visit at Michigan State University, it was my gut that told me East Lansing was where I needed to land.

    Not entirely knowing what I was diving into, I chose to devote five years of my life as a Spartan, trying to become the best version of myself possible.

    Flash forward five, life changing, years and my experience at MSU has been nothing short of exceptional.

    Because I chose to be a student-athlete at MSU and because my coaches believed in me enough to provide me with an athletic scholarship, I was placed in an environment where I was able to develop the confidence and skill-set to chase my largest dreams. Alongside my peers, teammates (friends), coaches and mentors, I have experienced success that was beyond comprehension prior to stepping foot on this campus.

    In five short years I’ve gone from a small-town farm girl who was honestly just happy to be running for a big university to a self-confident, successful student-athlete with the legitimate option to run professional track & field. When I graduate in May, I will be on my way to actually living a dream I’ve had since I was a little kid.

    Although, I would be lying if I said that this journey came without its fair share of growing pains and disappointment. There were periods of time during my collegiate career that I was filled to the brim with self-doubt; I’ve royally screwed up, fought anxiety, made poor decisions and battled with complacency/apathy.

    It was during my darkest, ugly hours at MSU that I truly understood the value of being apart of the Spartan Family.

    When I hurt, I had a team of strong-willed, compassionate teammates and coaches who were there, eager to help me find a point of resolution. When I felt overwhelmed and ready to break down, they would swoop in and help me carry the load. Every step of the way I’ve had Spartan’s pushing me forward, standing by me, challenging me, laughing with me, praising me, and correcting me – molding me into the best version of myself even when I didn’t know how.

    If it were not for the people who repeatedly taught me the value of patience, kindness, hard work and humility, I would not be a portion of the woman I am today. I am certainly proud of my accomplishments and growth but I know these things would have been impossible to achieve alone.

    I will forever thank God for the lessons and relationships poured into my life at MSU. In the future, wherever I end up and whatever new challenges arise, I am certain I will be able to rise to the occasion and make bold choices with unshakable grace, fearlessness, character and will, because that’s how a Spartan behaves.

    Leah O’Connor , Class of 2015
    2014 NCAA-9917

    Sport:

    Women’s Cross Country/Track

    Major:

    Journalism

    Position:

    Distance

    Hometown:

    Croswell, Michigan

    Record Achievements:

    National Champion (2013 Steeplechase). First Team All Big Ten honoree, First Team All-American, Current MSU record holder for the mile

  • Ryan Keener

    “MSU has provided me with the perfect combination of Academic and Athletic opportunities, not to mention the beautiful campus and facilities. Being a part of the Spartan Family and representing Spartan Nation, on and off the field, is an honor and a privileged that I will be forever grateful for.”

    Ryan Keener , Class of 2015
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    Sport:

    Men's Soccer

    Major:

    Kinesilogy

    Position:

    Defense

    Hometown:

    Grand Blanc, MI

    Record Achievements:

    B1G Ten Distinguished Scholar

  • JT Stenglein

    “My scholarship means an opportunity to attend a great university that I most likely wouldn’t have been able to attend otherwise. The proudest day of my life was being able to tell my dad he wouldn’t have to pay for me to go to school; it had been my goal to earn a scholarship for as long as I can remember.”

    JT Stenglein , Class of 2017
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    Sport:

    Ice Hockey

    Major:

    Political Science/Pre-Law

    Position:

    Forward

    Hometown:

    Rochester, New York

  • Abby Barker

    “Education is so important and I know that MSU is setting me up for a successful career after I graduate. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of the donors. I am so thankful to them to be able to have this opportunity to play the sport I love and get an education from one of the top universities in the country.”

    Abby Barker , Class of 2015
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    Sport:

    Field Hockey

    Major:

    Kinesiology

    Position:

    Forward

    Hometown:

    Columbus, Ohio

    Record Achievements:

    Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, 2nd Team All-American

  • Jazmine White

    “My scholarship means I was able to attend a Big Ten school which would have been impossible to afford with the international student tuition! This is a huge blessing!”

    Jazmine White , Class of 2015
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    Sport:

    Volleyball

    Major:

    Psychology

    Position:

    MB/OH

    Hometown:

    Oshawa, Ontario

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