Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Bailey Brandon in the Final 30 for 2012 Senior CLASS Award

MOUNT PLEASANT - Senior defender Bailey Brandon has been selected as one of 30 candidates nationwide for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award for women’s soccer, the award committee announced Tuesday.

Brandon, a law and economics major who has earned a 3.94 GPA, will find out midway through the regular season if she has advanced to the finalist round of the competition, at which point the field of candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists.

The ultimate 2012 Senior CLASS Award recipient will be determined by a voting system for media, coaches and fans.

The award recognizes and celebrates student-athletes’ achievements not only on the playing field, but also in the community, the classroom and through positive character.

On the field, she is a three-time All Mid-American Conference honoree, and was a first-team NSCAA Great Lakes Region selection and the MAC Freshman of the Year in 2009. She was a key component of a nationally prominent defense that has led the Chippewas to two MAC regular season and tournament championships in the past three seasons, and is a leader of the 2012 team seeking another conference championship. Her vocal leadership and toughness has been a model for her teammates throughout her career.

Brandon is just as successful in the classroom as in competition, having earned third-team Capital One/CoSIDA All-America honors in 2011 in addition to first-team Academic All-District, third-team NSCAA Scholar All-Central and Academic All-MAC honors.

In the community, Brandon has been active as a volunteer in the Livonia City Soccer Club, giving back to the organization that ultimately helped her to her current successes. She has been active in the bimonthly food pantry program, the Red Cross food drive, tutoring struggling students, collecting recycled waste across campus and the Safer Sex Patrol program. She has also organized fundraisers to help local elementary schools purchase new computers and technology to be better able to teach the next generation.