Aubrey Edie receives University of Mississippi’s highest academic honor

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ole Miss volleyball player Aubrey Edie was among 78 University of Mississippi students to receive the 2017 Taylor Medal it was announced recently at the 74th annual Honors Convocation at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

The Taylor Medal is the highest academic honor a student can receive at the University of Mississippi. The Taylor Medal recognizes outstanding academic performance and is given to no more than one percent of the student body. To be considered, a student must have a grade-point average of at least a 3.90.

Derek Cowherd, senior associate athletic director of student-athlete development, is pleased with the example that Edie has set for her fellow student-athletes.

"Aubrey has been a great example of what we would hope all student-athletes could accomplish in their collegiate careers," said Cowherd. "To be honored as a Taylor medalist is an impressive feat in and of itself, but for an accomplished athlete to do so should make the University community very proud."

Edie, who was recently awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, has made the most of her career both on the volleyball court and in the classroom. Directing the offensive attack for the Rebels in 2016, Edie became the career record holder at Ole Miss with 4,834 assists, which ranked fourth in the NCAA in active career assists. She ranked fifth in the SEC in assists per set and paved the way for the Rebels to have two hitters among the top 10 in the SEC and two players in the top 10 in kills and points per set. Edie earned AVCA All-South Region honors.

Off the court, Edie, an elementary education major, became the first two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree in program history in 2016 and the first player to be named to the first team. Edie is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District First Teamer as well as a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. She has made the Chancellor's Honor Roll every semester and has been named to the SEC Community Service Team twice.

"This is an incredible achievement for Aubrey," head volleyball coach Steven McRoberts said. "She is ending her college experience with one of the highest academic honors possible. Aubrey has always put the student first in student-athlete. We are very proud of her."

Aubrey Charlene Edie is a graduate of Fayetteville, Ark., High School. Her parents are Chuck and Jamie Edie of Cassville and Angie and Ed Baker of Fayetteville, Ark., and her grandparents are Marlee and Johnnie Edie of Cassville and Marilyn and Gary Baker of Eagle Rock.