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Football’s He, Women’s Swim’s Nordin Named Kajikawa Award Winners for 2021-22

Apr 25, 2022

TEMPE, Ariz. – Football's Jackson He and Women's Swim's Emma Nordin were named the two Kajikawa Award winners for 2021-22, given annually to one male and one female graduating senior student-athlete in recognition for his and her contributions at Arizona State University in honor of legendary Sun Devil Bill Kajikawa. 

Sun Devil Athletics selects the Kajikawa Award recipients based on demonstrated academic excellence, athletic accomplishment, leadership and service in the community.

It's the second time in the last three years that a student-athlete from football and women's swim were given the award.

Jackson He, Football
College football's second Chinese-born player to ever score a touchdown, Jackson He was one of five ball carriers with a rushing touchdown in the Sun Devils' 70-7 win over Arizona two seasons ago.

A native of Shaoguan, China, He appeared in a pair of games for the Sun Devils this season on special teams and is a two-time member of the Pac-12 Fall Academic Honor Roll (2020 & 2021) majoring in Health Sciences. He is a five-time member of the Dean's List and a five-time Scholar Baller.

Emma Nordin, Women's Swim
One of the most decorated freestyle swimmers in Sun Devil history, Nordin is a Pac-12 Champion in the 500 free (2020) and owns school records in both the 1000 and 1650 free events. Nordin added six individual wins this season and represented the Sun Devils at the NCAA Championships, placing 14th in the 500 free and 16th in the 1650 free.

Nordin graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Biological Sciences (Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior) in May 2021. After completing her undergraduate degree, Nordin was awarded a Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship, given annually to two student-athletes who held a minimum 3.0 GPA and exemplified a commitment to education, campus and community involvement and leadership.

She is a nine-time Dean's List member, an eight-time Scholar Baller and a two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American. The Carmel, Indiana, native is currently studying for her graduate degree in Biology.

2021: Remy Martin (men's basketball)/Olivia Mehaffey (women's golf) and Cairo Leonard-Baker (gymnastics)
2020: Kyle Williams (football)/Silja Kansakoski (women's swimming)
2019: Zylan Cheatham (men's basketball)/Heather Udowitch (gymnastics)
2018: Mason Ford (men's track)/Maggie Ewen (women's track)
2017: Hunter Atha (men's diving)/Alexandra Osborne (women's tennis)
2016: Mike Bercovici (football)/Elisha Davis (women's basketball)