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Johnson Earns NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship
by Phil Pierce, UA WOMEN'S COMMUNICATIONS

Jessica Johnson         FAYETTEVILLE - Former University of Arkansas track all-American Jessica Johnson earned a NCAA post-graduate scholarship thanks to her tremendous efforts both on the competition arena and in the classroom.
        A two-time all-American and Academic all-American, Johnson graduated from the University in May with her bachelor's degree in animal science. The Southlake, Texas, native was almost immediately accepted into Texas A&M's school of veterinary medicine thanks to her 3.76 grade point average at Arkansas and numerous athletic and academic accomplishments.
        "Jessica has come a long way since she arrived in Fayetteville," Arkansas head track coach Lance Harter said. "She has been one of our leaders both on and off the track and her hard work over the past four years are certainly deserving of this award. We wish her all the best in her pursuit of a veterinary degree."
        On the track, Johnson was Arkansas' first all-American in the high jump when she finished eighth at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. She came back during that outdoor campaign as the national runner-up at the NCAA Outdoor Championships clearing six feet to become the first Lady Razorback to jump that high. In 2004, Johnson did not compete indoors as she had already exhausted her eligibility, but did take the track outdoors, finishing fourth in the heptathlon at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships and qualified for the NCAA meet in the high jump thanks to a second-place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional.
        Outside the track venue, Johnson was active in numerous extracurricular activities along with her work as a student. She was president of the Golden Key Honor Society, an officer in the pre-vet club and President of the UA pre-vet services organization. She also worked with numerous clinics and organizations including the Hartz Mountain pre-vet research grant, the Fayetteville Animal Care Clinic, Northwest Arkansas free health clinic and dog watch.
        Her accomplishments in the classroom earned Johnson several awards. Aside from her two second-team CoSIDA Academic all-America honors, she was a finalist for the SEC's prestigious H. Boyd McWhorter award. As a junior she was given a Dale Bumper's College O.T. Stallcup Scholarship for Academic Excellence and an Arena Seat scholarship for Academic Excellence. She was also a Bumper's College Alumni Ring Scholar.
        For more information about Lady Razorback track or about Arkansas women's athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.

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