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Portland's Jessica Tsao Named Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist

Oct. 6, 2010

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. --- University of Portland women's soccer defender Jessica Tsao (Portland, Ore.) has been named one of ten finalists for the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, presented annually to one student-athlete who excels both on and off the field of play. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates for the women's soccer award follows this release.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 women's soccer candidates that were announced in August. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote via the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website seniorCLASSaward.com through November 14.

Fan votes will be combined with media and coaches votes to determine the winner. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winners during the 2010 NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup championships in early December.

"The finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in men's and women's soccer are in the midst of great final seasons," said Tom Lamb, Lowe's senior vice president of marketing. "They are committed to finishing their collegiate careers in a strong way both on the field and in the classroom, and we are excited for their successes as they wrap up outstanding seasons."

For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com

2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Women's Soccer Finalists
Callan Elswick, Forward, Davidson
Lauren Fowlkes, Defender, Notre Dame
Ali Hawkins, Midfielder, North Carolina
Molly Kinsella, Forward, Vanderbilt
Shay Mannino, Goalkeeper, Central Michigan
Nicole Pasciolla, Midfielder, St. John's (N.Y.)
Christen Press, Forward, Stanford
Katherine Sheeleigh, Forward, Harvard
Rachel Shipley, Midfielder, Texas A&M
Jessica Tsao, Defender, Portland

Laurie Bollig
Premier Sports Management, Phone: 913/563-5417

Gerard Littlejohn
Lowe's Public Relations, Phone: 704/758-2298

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS AWARD honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Sportscaster Dick Enberg, honorary chair of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, first conceived the idea of an award for seniors in 2001 in response to the growing trend of men's basketball players leaving school early for the NBA. The award program has expanded from men's and women's basketball to include 10 NCAA Division I sports. The award is sponsored by Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, and is managed by Premier Sports Management.

With fiscal year 2009 sales of $47.2 billion, Lowe's Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,700 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, NC, Lowe's is the second largest home improvement retailer in the world.

Lowe's is an Official Corporate Partner of the NCAA.

The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletics opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit ncaa.org and ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.

Courtesy of UP Sports Information