This week is NCAA Division III Week and member institutions across the country are celebrating the seventh-year event.
Division III Week, which runs from Monday through Sunday, is intended to recognize the academic and athletic accomplishments as well as the campus leadership and community service efforts of Division III student-athletes.
As part of Huntingdon College's participation in Division III Week, five student-athletes will be featured this week. Huntingdon senior Juliette Harp is today's featured student-athlete.
By Audrianna Hargitt
Sports Information Assistant
Name: Juliette Harp
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Major: Health Promotion with a minor in Business
Career Goals: Plans to pursue a career in coaching or recreational management
Sport: Women's Basketball
Athletic Accomplishments: A two-time Huntingdon Female Student-Athlete of the Year, Harp raised the standard for the Huntingdon women's basketball program during her four seasons. The first Lady Hawk to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds during the NCAA era, she was a three-time All-Conference selection and was a second-team All-Region performer as a senior. She is just the second Lady Hawk to earn All-Region recognition. Through 26 games as a senior, she led Division III with 24 double-doubles and ranked in the top-10 in Division III in rebounds (356) and rebounds per game (13.7). She set Huntingdon's single-season NCAA-era records for field goals made (191) and rebounds (356) as a senior and turned in the second most points with 474. She ended her 92-game career with 53 double-doubles and finished as the Lady Hawks' NCAA-era leader in rebounds (1,018), rebounds per game (11.1), blocks (207) and field goal percentage (49.9), was fourth in scoring (1,283 points), second in points per game (13.9) and third in field goals made (520).
Academic Achievements and Campus Activities: Harp interned with Girls on the Run and is a member of SAAC.
What made you feel like Huntingdon was the right place for you? "The environment was great and the campus is beautiful. During my tour, everyone was genuinely friendly. Coach Buzz (Phillips) is one of the greatest people I know and I knew I had to come here."
What has made your Huntingdon experience unique? "I was able to play basketball so that was an experience in itself. I never expected to accomplish what I did in my four years and receive the support that I did along the way."
How has Huntingdon challenged you academically and athletically? "Just being an athlete makes you want to be great in the classroom. Basketball helped me keep my mind straight and focused so I could be eligible for the season. You have to develop relationships with your professors. The professors here help you stay on top of your work, especially during the season."
What has been your biggest highlight as a Huntingdon student-athlete? "It was great becoming 'Ms. Double-Double', but nothing compares to the love that was shown to me during that journey. You cannot replace watching everyone cheering and congratulating me for my accomplishments. I was just in awe because I never expected that."
As a student-athlete, what is your impression of Division III now compared to your first season? "Division III is harder than it looks. I thought I could just play how I wanted, but I realized you cannot do that here. You have to prove yourself more than anything. After playing four seasons, I have an entirely different view and respect for Division III."