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2009 Art Feiro Award Winners

VANCOUVER, WA- The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges is proud to announce the male and female recepients of the 2009 Art Feiro Award. The Art Feiro Award is given yearly to the top male and female scholar athletes in the NWAACC. The award is named after the former Dean of Students and Athletic Director at Peninsula College who was the Executive Secretary of the NWAACC between 1967-75 and served on the Executive Board for 16 years ending in 1981. Art passed award one year later and this award was named in his honor.

Female Art Feiro Award
Meltia Elliot, Clackamas
A graduate of Estacada High School in Oregon, Melita was a volleyball player at Clackamas during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. She maintained a 3.82 gpa while earning her AA degree. As a Cougar, Melita was named Cougar Player of the Week three times, was the Southern Region Setter of the Month in November 2008, earned a Southern Region Second Team All-Star selection and was on the 2008 NWAACC Sophomore All-Academic team. During the 2008 season, she led the Cougars with 795 assists. Melita plans to go on to a four year school where she will major in business and she also hopes to become a high school volleyball coach. Clackamas Head Coach Kathie Woods stated “Melita is a great character, mature young person that has a great future ahead of her. She is a person of great character, a leader and a person that I wish I could have on my team for years to come.”

Male Art Feiro Award
DJ Mackie, Yakima Valley
After graduating from West Valley High School in Spokane, WA DJ played baseball for the Yaks in 2008 and 2009. While at Yakima Valley, he earned a 3.86 GPA. Upon graduation Mackie plans to pursue a BA in Business Management at Washington State University and then a career in sports management. Head Coach Ken Mortensen “DJ is one of those individuals that anybody comes in contact would be proud to say they have been associated with him and have him in their program. He leads by example and is an outstanding young man that been successful and will continue successful in whatever arena he decides to pursue.”


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