National Student-Athlete Day: UNF's Arianna Emanuel-Wright & Wes Weeks

National Student-Athlete Day: UNF's Arianna Emanuel-Wright & Wes Weeks

 In celebration of the 26th annual NCAA National Student-Athlete Day, the ASUN Conference is highlighting senior student-athletes from all nine of its member institutions. These individuals have left an incredible impact on their campuses through their hardwork in competition, training, the classroom and in all aspects of collegiate athletics.

The seniors selected by North Florida were Arianna Emanuel-Wright (Women's Basketball) and Wes Weeks (Baseball).

Arianna Emanuel-Wright, Women's Basketball
Q1: How do you feel you have most impacted your college campus during your time there?

- I feel as though I have impacted my college campus by making history. I was the first student-athlete to receive an academic award from the ASUN for women’s basketball and that truly is special. Not only did I focus on the court, but off the court as well by getting good grades.

Q2: What has been your favorite moment during your time on campus?
- My favorite moment on campus is having the opportunity to watch the sorority new member presentations. I personally never wanted to be in a sorority, (especially since I didn’t have much time considering being an athlete) but it was interesting to watch. I feel as though the shows were impactful to my experience as an African-American college student.

Q3: What other individuals have helped you along the way in college whether it be teammates, coaches, professors or others?
- Two professors were really helpful during my time here at UNF. Mr. Alan Crutchfield was a graduate student who helped me realize that graduate school requires extensive preparation even when you are in your undergraduate studies. Without him, I wouldn’t have been involved in the two research studies that I am in now. Also, Dr. John Oliver showed me that there is another side of me that I didn’t even know I had. His Introduction to Counseling class allowed me to gain a new perspective about what route to take in life and that I must know myself first well before helping other people in need.

Q4: How have you grown during your time on campus?
- I have grown by meeting different types of people and accepting the differences between me and them. I have come to accept that everyone has their own way of thinking, and no one can change that.

Wes Weeks, Baseball
Redshirt Senior - Green Cove Springs, Fla. - Outfield - Sport Management Major
- An integral piece of North Florida's Baseball program over the past three seasons, Weeks came to UNF's campus after spending two seasons at St. Johns River State College. The younger brother of former Osprey Drew Weeks, Wes has appeared in 96 contests during his time as an Osprey with starts in 93 of those games. A career .291 hitter at UNF, Weeks has accumulated 99 hits to go along with 44 RBIs, 58 Runs & 25 Stolen Bases.

An injury kept Weeks out of the majority of last season, however he has returned to helped North Florida capture 18 victories thus far including triumphs against Missouri, No. 3 Florida, USF & FAU, while picking up series wins against FGCU and Jacksonville. He is nearing season career-highs in Runs, Hits, Homers & RBIs in only 34 games this year.