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Walker Named Senior CLASS Award All-American

May 12, 2021

CORVALLIS – Oregon State senior Joel Walker has been named a Senior CLASS Award All-American, the award announced Wednesday.
 
Walker, who was named Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year last week, was selected to the Senior CLASS Award All-America Second Team.  An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the 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. 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: classroom, community, character, and competition
 
A Colorado Springs native, Walker, along with women's soccer player Maddy Ellsworth, helped to launch the Dam Change initiative, a platform designed to bring awareness regarding the issues of systemic racism in today's society. Oregon State's SAAC President, he has also been an active member of the Beavers' Dam Worth It mental health awareness initiative.
 
Walker is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, a Pac-12 All-Academic first teamer (2018) and a member of the Conference's Academic Honor Roll (2019).  The forward has nine career goals to go with 10 career assists. Walker was an All-Pac-12 selection in 2019.
 
As a team, Oregon State finished the year 9-5 and made the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the last three years. The Beavers are ranked No. 19 in the latest Top Drawer Soccer rankings.
 
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