Howard named Nissen-Emery Award finalist

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Penn State men’s gymnastics senior Trevor Howard was named a 2016 Nissen-Emery Award finalist announced by the Collegiate Gymnastics Association. Howard is one of six finalists for the prestigious award.

The Nissen-Emery Award is an annual honor presented to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in collegiate gymnastics. First awarded in 1966, the accolade honors the senior gymnast who has established a record of outstanding achievement throughout his collegiate career, while also maintaining a high standard of academic scholarship and sportsmanship.

Howard is the 28th Nissen-Emery finalist in Penn State program history and the fifth consecutive Nittany Lions finalist since 2012. A total of six Penn State gymnasts have one on to earn collegiate gymnastics’ highest honor, including the most recent Penn State award winner, Casey Sandy, who captured the top honor in 2009.

In his freshman season with the Nittany Lions, Howard was the NCAA national champion on the floor exercise and placed third on the parallel bars at the NCAA championships in 2014 and fourth in the all-around at the NCAA national championships in his junior campaign.

Furthermore, Howard is a two-time Big Ten still rings champion, capturing the title in both 2014 and 2015. The Columbus, Ohio native is a three-time CGA All-American and eight-time individual event finalist. The all-around competitor notched 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and is a two-time First Team All-Big Ten honoree. Finally, Howard holds the Big Ten record, nabbing freshman of the week honors on eight occasions.

Howard is a media major who carries a 2.67 grade point average.

The original Nissen Award was named in honor of George Nissen, a former NCAA champion, for his contributions to men's gymnastics. The award was re-named the Nissen-Emery Award in 1998 to honor Robert Emery, a Penn State graduate, who won the Nissen Award in 1969. The trophy is inscribed with the motto: “The true champion seeks excellence physically, mentally, socially and morally.”

This year’s winner will be announced at the CGA Awards Banquet, which is being held at the Boat House at Confluence Park on Thursday, April 14, at 8 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio. This is also the location of the NCAA championships hosted by Ohio State.

Last Updated March 09, 2016