Brahmer, Ras Named Honor Student-Athletes Of The Year

WAYNE – A pair of former northeast Nebraska high school standouts, now Wayne State College student-athletes earned a postseason honors award.

According to a release from the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota both graduate Jaci Brahmer of Pierce and senior Aaron Ras of Bancroft were listed among the 2020-21 NSIC Honor Student Athletes.

Brahmer competed on the Wildcat volleyball and beach volleyball teams while Ras is a member of the Wayne State College baseball team.

The 32 student-athletes nominated for the NSIC’s two most prestigious awards will also be honored as NSIC Male and Female Honor Student-Athletes of the Year at their respective institutions.

The NSIC announced Minot State University’s Jordan Will as the 2021 Dr. William Britton Scholar-Athlete Award winner and Augustana University’s Kendall Cornick as the 2021 Willis R. Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award recipient in late April. Will and Cornick will each receive a $3,000 post-graduate scholarship.

The Britton Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence, in its 37th year, recognizes the NSIC’s top male student-athlete and the Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award, in its 36th year, is presented to the NSIC’s top female student-athlete.

The Britton Award was created in 1985 in honor of Dr. William Britton, a longtime faculty representative at Bemidji State University who served on the Athletic Board of Control of the Northern Intercollegiate Conference for 25 years. Britton retired from BSU in 1982 and passed away in March of 2019.

The Kelly Award is named in honor of Willis R. Kelly, an associate professor of physical education at the University of Minnesota-Morris. A member of the NSIC Hall of Fame, Kelly also coordinated the Minnesota-Morris Physical Education Department from 1970-87. She became the first director of women’s intercollegiate athletics at Minnesota-Morris in 1976 and was later promoted to athletics director for the whole department. Kelly passed away in 1988.

The member institutions of the NSIC nominate one male and one female student-athlete for the Britton and Kelly Awards. The nominees must meet the following criteria: a grade point average of 3.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale); evidence of academic excellence beyond the minimum grade point average (scholarship prizes and other academic recognition), evidence of participation in the life of the institution and evidence of participation in at least two-thirds of the varsity events of the individual’s primary sport. The award is voted on by the NSIC Faculty Athletic Representatives.