2021 November Player of the Month Award

December 27, 2021

Courtney O’Brien of Grand View University, Des Moines, IA, has been named the college NAECAD Player of the Month for November 2021. Zac Barnes of Clinton High School, Clinton, AK, has been named the high school NAECAD Player of the Month for November 2021 the NAECAD national office announced Monday.

Courtney O’Brien of Grand View University is on GV’s student executive board as the student social media manager and has been a major part of every event put on this year as well as updating and recapping all of the Viking’s games to our fans, friends and family. Nathan Ragsdell, Director of Esports at Grand View University and NAECAD member says this about Courtney, “She's done all this on top of playing on our JV Overwatch team playing multiple positions throughout the year. Courtney has been a stand-out student academically and a major part of the esports program as a player, leader, and enthusiastic member of the program.”

Zac Barnes of Clinton High School was nominated by his coach and NAECAD member Curtis Dunham. Curtis has this to say about Zac, “He completed Cloud9 training course this fall, improved gameplay in Mid lane significantly over the past year by expanding his champion pool. Zac dedicates time every day to practice and even after practice while maintaining a high GPA.” This coveted award recognizes individuals for a balance of athletic achievement, sportsmanship and citizenship.

While elite performance in the game is important, this award is aimed at recognizing the overall impact the individual has made. Example characteristics include:

Each month, players are nominated by NAECAD members and selected for the award by NAECAD. One Player of the Month will be recognized each month (September – April) at the college and high school levels. The Player of the Month recipients are eligible for nomination of the Player of the Year award. The individual receiving the Player of the Year award will be recognized in person at the NAECAD National Convention eachyear. The individuals receiving the Player of the Month award will be recognized at the NAECAD National Convention each year. Student athletes nominated for the Player of the Month award will be eligible for nomination of All-American status. Student athletes receiving the most votes will be recognized at both the high school and the university levels for All-American status. The individuals receiving All-American status willbe recognized each year at the NAECAD National Convention.

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