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Dunson named a finalist for Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award

In his second try, senior Dodie Dunson is a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) Award.

Dunson is one of 10 men’s basketball seniors who made the final cut for this award. Each contestant is measured in his work in the community, classroom, character and competition.

“I just do the best I can do,” Dunson said. “I’m not going to do something I can’t do but if I believe it, I can achieve it.”

Dunson is up against the likes of BYU’s Jimmer Fredette, Duke’s Kyle Singler, Purdue’s E’twaun Moore, Kansas’s Tyrel Reed, Butler’s Matt Howard and Ohio State’s David Lighty, among other seniors across the nation.

“It’s an honor,” Dunson said. “I’m just blessed to be in this situation.”

Last season, Dunson was a nominee coming into the season, but he got hurt early on and was granted another season. Dunson welcomed the opportunity to go after the award again.

“It means a lot to me,” Dunson said. “It’s an honor. In high school, I struggled through school. It was something I took really emotionally well. I spent the extra time trying to fight through my disability.” [Dunson has been diagnosed with dyslexia.]

Dunson has been able to overcome to get have 4.0 semesters and an overall GPA of 3.67.

People who want to vote for Dunson can do so at

“Thank you,” Dunson said to the fans who have been voting for him. “I really appreciate it.”

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