Toulouse nominated for NSIC award

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 10, 2001


Tuesday, April 10, 2001

ABERDEEN, S.D. – At Glenville-Emmons High School, Anne Toulouse established herself as a standout in the athletic arena with exceptional talent and in the classroom with outstanding grades.

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She’s taken both to another level in college.

A senior at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., Toulouse will represent her school as nominee for the 2001 Kelly Award as the top female student-athlete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Toulouse, daughter of Louie and Mary Toulouse of Emmons, has been a four-year starter on NSU’s fast-pitch softball team. She has earned all-conference and academic all-conference honors in her sport as well as being involved in many other activities on campus.

Toulouse is active in NSU’s student ambassadors, the honors program, Phi Eta Sigma, the student-athlete mentors group and the association of honor students. She has also served as a resident assistant on campus, studied abroad in Mexico as a junior, and was voted NSU’s homecoming queen as a senior.

Last season, Toulouse earned a spot on the 2000 GTE Academic All-District first team for softball and appeared on the Academic All-America ballot. An international business major with a minor in Spanish, Toulouse carries a grade point average of 3.95.

&uot;Anne is the definition of an overachiever,&uot; said NSU head softball coach Paula Krueger. &uot;She’s involved herself with so many organizations on campus. And if she’s involved, she gets into it to the fullest extent. You just can’t say enough about that. On the field, Anne has actually been as much a coach to me as I’ve been to her.&uot;

In high school, Toulouse starred in volleyball, basketball and softball and was co-valedictorian of her graduating class.

The Willis R. Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence is awarded to the top female scholar-athlete in the NIC. The award is named in honor of the longtime athletic director at the University of Minnesota-Morris. Kelly, an associate professor of physical education, coordinated the UMM Physical Education Department from 1970-87. She became the first director of intercollegiate athletics at UMM in 1976 and later was promoted to director of both men’s and women’s athletics. Kelly died in 1988.