LAKELAND - Each year a Florida Southern senior who exemplifies the College's ideals of academic excellence and outstanding character is named to the Honor Walk, the College's highest student award. The 2016 Honor Walk selection is Alex McClanahan, who is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, and is a four-year lettermen on the Moccasin men's basketball team.
The announcement of this year's Honor Walk student was made on Friday morning by Florida Southern President Dr. Anne B. Kerr during the College's 131st Founders Day Convocation held at Branscomb Auditorium.
"What a tremendous honor for Alex for achieving this prestigious award of the 2016 Honor Walk Student," Florida Southern men's basketball coach Mike Donnelly said. "Alex has been a tremendous teammate and an even more outstanding student in the classroom over the past four years and I'm excited to see him fulfill all of his future goals and aspirations."
McClanahan, who is a native of Maitland, Fla., carries a 3.909 grade point average. During his four year career as a Moccasin, McClanahan was a part of a men's basketball program that won a combined 99 games, including a school record 36 games in 2014-15 en route to capturing the school's second-ever national title in men's basketball and win three Sunshine State Conference regular season and tournament championships and also take home two South Regional championships.
He is a three-time member of the SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll, a two-time D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner and was named to the NABC Honors Court as a junior in 2014-15.
McClanahan is the son of Patrick and Stephanie McClanahan and is a 2012 graduate of Orangewood Christian High School. He has a younger sister, Katie and a younger brother, William.
It is the second consecutive year that a Moccasin student-athlete has earned the Honor Walk Award as former volleyball player Jasmine Childress was honored last year. In addition, McClanahan is third student-athlete to receive the award in the last four years as men's tennis player Robbie Palmiotto was honored in 2013.
McClanahan is the eighth student-athlete overall to earn an Honor Walk Award as the other recipients of the award are:
Fred Lewis (Men's Basketball) - 1969
Jill Petrie (Volleyball) - 1984
Hazel Thorniley (Women's Tennis) - 1991
Heather Carricoffee (Volleyball) - 1999
Jennifer Woerner (Volleyball) - 2002
Robbie Palmiotto (Men's Tennis) - 2013
Jasmine Childress (Volleyball) - 2015