The Corinth native and former standout at Kossuth High School was decorated with the 2013 Tiger Award for women’s basketball by head coach Brian Alexander at halftime of the men’s game against Wallace State (Ala.) Community College at Hanceville.
“Katie was one of the finest students on this campus whether an athlete or not,” said Alexander. “She is a great person as well and we’re just so proud of her. She’s very deserving of this award.”
Garvin received high praise for her tireless work in the classroom while in Booneville. She recently was named one of two Northeast honorees for the David M. Halbrook Award Certificate for Academic Achievement Among Athletes.
Each college or university in the state selects a male and female student athlete to receive this recognition, with the suggestion from the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities (MAC) that the recipients have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale on all courses attempted.
The former Lady Tiger guard was named to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Academic All-State team as a sophomore and also found herself among the country’s best that same season.
Garvin earned an Exemplary Academic Achievement Award from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for finishing the year with a 3.78 GPA.
Garvin also stood out on the basketball court and stepped into a crucial role for Alexander.
“She played for me in my second year and we were still trying to establish work ethic and attitude,” he said. “Katie was always a leader. One thing I could do is always count on her to do the right thing even on the good and bad days.”
Garvin averaged five points and 1.4 steals per game as one of the top defenders and ball-handlers for the Lady Tigers during the 2012-13 campaign.
She was one of two sophomores on a Northeast team that qualified for the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament and finished as runner-up to Copiah-Lincoln Community College in the MACJC State Tournament.
Following her final year in Booneville, Garvin was selected to participate in the MACJC All-Star Game on the East Central Community College campus in Decatur.
Garvin dropped in a season-best 12 points in a victory over East Central and recorded a yearly high of 11 rebounds against Jones County Junior College in the quarterfinal round of the MACJC State Tournament.
“It’s a big honor for me,” she said. “We went through a lot of trials as a team and I just kind of saw an opportunity to step up where I needed to be. We had great players that all helped each other so it was just a team thing.”
After graduating from Northeast in May, Garvin enrolled at Mississippi State University to continue her promising academic career.
The Tiger Award is given to a student athlete in each sport sponsored by Northeast that represents the institution with a positive attitude on-and-off the field or court and is actively involved in school functions and organizations.