OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Senior shortstop Aaron Silbar has been named one of the 30 nominees for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award, as announced Wednesday morning via an official release on the organization website.

Senior CLASS Award Official Release

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

A co-captain this season, Silbar is starting at short for the third straight year. He was an all-Ivy League selection a year ago after batting .306 with 52 hits.

In the classroom, Silbar has excelled as a financial economics major and has lined up a job with Bank of America Merrill Lynch after graduation.

In the community, Silbar has been active in Level The Field, a New York City initiative that provides camp opportunities to inner-city youth. He also spent time during his summer internship last year building and rejuvenating community gardens in Queens.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 College World Series® in June.