Noel chosen AAC Champion of Character
May 23, 2007

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Christen Noel, a junior from Greeneville, Tenn., has been named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Female Champion of Character Award winner, the first Bryan athlete so honored.From left, Bryan Athletics Director Sandy Zensen, Christy Noel, AAC Commisioner John Sullivan
The award was presented May 21, during the AAC annual meeting in Johnson City, Tenn.
Conference officials said Christy’s nomination for the award described her as “a young woman of character who leads by example with a servant’s heart on and off the field of play.”
She was captain of the women’s soccer team this past year, and will serve as a captain again in the 2007 season. Off the field, she demonstrated her character by her generosity and sensitivity to the needs of others from the streets of Belize to the disaster areas of New Orleans.

She served as a resident assistant (RA) on campus where she encouraged the student body to grow in their relationship with the Lord and to live a life above reproach.  Active in her local church, she served as a mentor for youth and a leader for middle school girls in a weekend retreat.  She served on mission trips to Central America, Indonesia, and Haiti where she worked with children, performed manual labor and encouraged the missionaries.

Women’s Soccer Coach Mark Sauve said, “Christy has had a wonderful impact on our program. She has a wonderful personality, she always has a smile.
“She’s a ‘people first’ person and works hard at everything she does. She’s totally engaged. When she’s playing soccer, she’s all soccer; when she’s an RA, she’s all RA. She’s a great leader and has the respect of her teammates and has my respect.”
Candidates for the Champion of Character Award are nominated by their schools and are selected by presidents of the AAC member institutions based on the nomination package, Coach Sauve said.