The Times West Virginian


August 22, 2013

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West Virginia University women’s soccer forward Frances Silva has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award.

The award recognizes student-athletes that have excelled in four areas - classroom, character, community and competition.

“When you have an athlete represent our university and our women’s soccer program with an award that recognizes excellence in the classroom and on the field, the only thing that comes to mind is how proud I am,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “It is a huge reflection of Frances’ character, excelling both in the classroom and on the playing field. All her hard work has paid off, and it is a tremendous award for her to be nominated for.”

Silva graduated in three years with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, while maintaining a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average. In 2013, she received the Jerry P. Wilkins Scholarship and was the Dr. Gerald Lage Award winner, the highest academic honor given by the Big 12 Conference. Silva is currently a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in sport management.

In the community, Silva has been involved in numerous youth camps and clinics to help teach the game of soccer. She also has been active, along with her teammates, in raising money to fund research for a cure for breast cancer. The women’s soccer program has raised more than $100,000 for the cause.

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