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by: Stetson University
Hatters Claim Atlantic Sun Academic Trophy
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  07/01/2013
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Stetson University’s student-athletes proved during the past year that they are excellent students in addition to being outstanding athletes, and their efforts in the classroom were rewarded by the Atlantic Sun Conference on Monday when the Hatters claimed their first All-Academic Trophy.

A total of 168 Stetson student-athletes, 73 percent, were recognized by the A-Sun for their academic achievement. These student-athletes represent each of the 15 varsity sports that compete in the A-Sun. Football and men’s and women’s rowing do not compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

“At Stetson University, we recruit not merely student-athletes, but scholar-athletes, and this year's recognition certainly bears that out,” Dr. Wendy B. Libby, President of Stetson University, said. “I congratulate not only the students whose academic work enabled Stetson to receive this award for 2012-13, but also our fabulous faculty who supported, encouraged and challenged them throughout the year. Our athletes appreciate the rigor of a Stetson education and are challenged every day to move beyond success to significance!”

Of the 168 student-athletes recognized by the A-Sun, 68 were named to the Conference Scholar list, signifying at least sophomore standing academically and a cumulative 3.4 or better grade point average during the academic year.

There were 15 Hatters who were named to the Commissioner’s Scholar list, which includes student-athletes in their final year of eligibility, who received their degree during the academic year, and who earned a cumulative 3.6-3.799 GPA.

Another 10 Stetson student-athletes were named to the Presidents’ Scholar list, which follows the same criteria as the Commissioner’s list, except with a 3.8 cumulative GPA or better.

A total of 15 of the Hatters’ student-athletes were also singled out for posting a 4.0 GPA during the 2012-13 academic year.

“What a wonderful manifestation of Stetson's commitment to engage every student in transformational learning in and out of the classroom,” Dr. Beth Paul, University Provost, said. “I am proud of our scholar-athletes and the faculty and staff who challenge and inspire them to excellence!”

In addition to having athletes spread across all 15 eligible varsity sports, the list of student-athletes recognized by the Atlantic Sun crosses multiple geographical boundaries, providing a snapshot of the diversity of students being recruited to Stetson.

Overall, 74 of the 168 Stetson students recognized by the Atlantic Sun Conference hail from outside the state of Florida. The list of Hatters come from 26 other states in the United States as well as from 17 foreign countries. Stetson’s coaches venture far and wide, from Hawaii to Vermont and from Calgary in the north to Australia and New Zealand in the Southern Hemisphere and all across the European Union.

"When student-athletes choose to come to Stetson, they do so to receive a high quality education and compete at the highest level of collegiate athletics – to be challenged academically and athletically,” Dr. Mike Bitter, NCAA Faculty-Athletics Representative for Stetson, said. “The individual academic achievements of our student-athletes over the years have been numerous and impressive.

“Receipt of the 2012-13 A-Sun Academic Trophy recognizes the collective hard work that our student-athletes put forth in the classroom this past academic year and symbolizes the academic excellence we expect from them and that they have indeed achieved.”

The academic excellence of Stetson University not only serves to attract the top student-athletes, but also serves to attract the highest quality students overall. Stetson is receiving record-breaking attention from students looking for a college home, to the tune of more than 10,000 applications for less than 1,000 available spots in the freshman class which will for the third consecutive year be the largest in school history.

While interest is at an all-time high, it is coming from the very best students available. The freshman class for 2013 will bring with it better than a 3.8 grade point average from high school, the best for any freshman class in Stetson history.

Stetson’s student-athletes are just a sample of the overall excellence in the classroom at Stetson University. With an all-time record high 3.115 cumulative GPA during the 2012-13 academic year, it is the Hatters’ student-athletes who are setting the example for all Stetson students to follow. The overall cumulative GPA for all Stetson students at the end of the spring semester was 3.075.

“Stetson's ability to fulfill our objective of recruiting highly talented athletes, who are also gifted students, is the direct result of dedicated coaches which are committed to our mission of recruiting the best and the brightest,” Stetson Director of Athletics, Jeff Altier, said.

“I applaud the efforts of the young men and women who have embraced the challenge of competing in Stetson's highly rigorous classrooms, while at the same time committing themselves to excel at the Division I level. Maintaining a 3.0 grade point average while embracing the hours of practice, conditioning and competition is exemplary for any student, but to do so at Stetson University, and at a higher percentage than any other institution in the A-Sun, is significant.”

2012-13 Atlantic Sun Academic Honorees 

Name Sport Major Hometown Special Recognition
Matthew Ady Men's XC Finance Orlando, Fla. CS, COM, PREZ, 4.0
Samantha Akl Lacrosse Biochemistry Port St. Lucie, Fla.  
Madison Anderson Volleyball Family Enterprise La Canada, Cal.  
Laurynas Antropikas Men's Tennis Undecided Palanga, Lithuania  
Julie Bassett Sand Volleyball Communications Wadsworth, Ohio  
Didrik Berg Men's Tennis Finance Oslo, Norway CS, COM
Carmen Bernecker Women's Soccer Environmental Science Holzmaden, Germany CS, 4.0
JJ Bostic Men's Soccer Physics Dunedin, Fla.  
John Michael Boyle Men's Golf Marketing Lake Forest, Ill.  
Courtney Brandt Softball History Dade City, Fla.  
Matt Brandys Baseball Political Science Geneva, Ill.  
Mitchel Brennan Baseball Finance Orlando, Fla. CS, COM
Maylis Broderick Lacrosse Undecided Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.  
Mallory Brooks Softball Environmental Science Tampa, Fla. CS
Robert Bruce Baseball Sport Management Sarasota, Fla. CS
Diana Bukajeva Women's Tennis Business Riga, Latvia CS
Kyle Burton Men's XC Biochemistry Oviedo, Fla. CS, COM, PREZ, 4.0
Raffaele Centofanti Men's Soccer Sport Management Miami Lakes, Fla.  
Kristina Cicchetti Lacrosse Biology Palm Coast, Fla.  
Jordan Cleghorn Softball Elementary Education Ball Ground, Ga. CS, COM, PREZ, 4.0
Taylor Cochran Softball English Auburndale, Fla.  
Constance Compton Women's XC Biology Westminster, Md.  
Amanda Copfer Women's Soccer Sport Management North Olmstead, Ohio  
Catherine Coston Volleyball Communications Pierson, Fla.  
Shannon Craighead Volleyball Sport Management Roanoke, Va. CS
Andrea Crespo Women's Tennis Communications Valencia, Spain  
Virginia Davis Women's Soccer Chemistry DeLand, Fla. CS
Nathan Debut Men's Tennis Business Admin. Toulon, France CS
Ashley Dennis Women's Basketball Communications Bexley, Ohio CS
Adrienne DeVita Women's XC Undecided Williston, Vt.  
Evann Dickerson Volleyball/Sand VB Health Science Louisville, Ky.  
Jordann Dierickx Sand Volleyball Health Science Jacksonville, Fla. CS
Katie DiGirolamo Sand Volleyball Business Admin. Bradenton, Fla. CS
Alexa Drost Volleyball Undecided Henderson, Nev.  
Rachel Dumas Lacrosse Health Science Stuart, Fla.  
Joe Dye Baseball Finance/Sport Mgt. Royal Palm Beach, Fla. CS, COM
Quinn Ebright Men's Soccer Business Admin. Tampa, Fla.  
Kai Eckenrode Men's Soccer Communications Springfield, Va. CS, COM, PREZ, 4.0
Andrew Epifanio Men's XC Psychology DeLand, Fla. CS, 4.0
Anja Erwin Women's Tennis Health Science Longwood, Fla.  
Chester Espie Men's Tennis Business Admin. Auckland, New Zealand CS
Kevin Fagan Baseball Business Admin. Boca Raton, Fla.  
Haleigh Fecteau Women's XC Health Science Pompano Beach, Fla. CS
Mike Fernland Baseball Communications Ocala, Fla.  
Austyn Finnk Men's XC Sport Management Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.  
Melanie Fredericks Lacrosse Philosophy South Lyon, Mich.  
Samantha Freeman Volleyball Accounting/MBA Gulf Breeze, Fla.  
Carlos Garmendia Baseball Sport Management Miami, Fla.  
Kirsten Germeroth Sand Volleyball Health Science Tavares, Fla.  
Deryck Greene Men's XC History Jacksonville, Fla. CS
Jessica Griffin Softball English Port Saint John, Fla. CS
Cameron Griffin Baseball Sport Management Naples, Fla.  
Amber Grose Women's Soccer Sociology Cornwell, England CS
Caili Guilday Lacrosse Undecided Wallingford, Pa.  
Shannon Harrell Women's XC Family Enterprise Colorado Springs, Colo. CS
Kaisi Hartwick Women's Soccer Finance Granite City, Ill.  
Ellen Hawks Volleyball/Sand VB English Austin, Texas  
Brittany Hawn Softball Sociology Kaneohe, Hawaii  
Ryan Hodgins Men's XC Business Admin. Jacksonville, Fla.  
Alisha Hoffman Sand Volleyball Management Leesburg, Fla. CS, COM, PREZ
Danielle Hurme Women's Soccer Accounting Wellington, Fla. 4.0
Christine Iseley Women's XC Biochemistry Jacksonville, Fla.  
Evan Jimmo Men's Soccer Finance Melbourne, Fla. CS
Taylor Johnson Volleyball Marketing Omaha, Neb. CS
Kait Jones Women's Soccer Sport Management DeLand, Fla. CS
Simon Julin Men's Tennis Economics Stockholm, Sweden  
Claudia Kalin Sand Volleyball Business Admin. Valparaiso, Ind. CS
Cahit Kapukiran Men's Tennis Economics Izmir, Turkey  
Michelle Kastner Volleyball Health Science Brawley, Cal.  
Brian Kehoe Men's Golf Undecided Katonah, NY  
Taylor Kennedy Sand Volleyball Undecided Boca Raton, Fla.  
Jane Ketcham Women's Soccer Biology Deltona, Fla.  
Sara Lazarevic Women's Tennis Accounting Calgary, Alberta CS, COM
Paige Levesque Lacrosse Psychology Bennington, Vt.  
Dwight Lodge Men's Soccer Business Admin. Miramar, Fla. CS
Makeshia Lucien Women's Soccer Health Science Wellington, Fla.  
Rachel Luke Women's Tennis Biochemistry Virginia Beach, Va.  
Alexandra Lyubimova Women's Tennis Biochemistry Miami, Fla.  
Cody Malloy Men's XC Biology Leesburg, Fla. CS
Stephanie Marin Sand Volleyball Marketing Naples, Fla.  
Caleb Matthews Men's Soccer Biology Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. CS, COM, PREZ, 4.0
Patrick Mazeika Baseball Sport Management Wilbraham, Mass.  
Buck McCarthy Baseball Undecided Saugus, Mass.  
Katherine McConnell Women's Soccer Biology Daytona Beach, Fla.  
Darby McCormick Baseball Sport Management Naples, Fla.  
Victoria McGowan Women's Basketball Sport Management Inkster, Mich.  
Liam McInerney Men's Basketball Health Science Port Campbell, Australia CS, COM, PREZ
Kaley Melville Volleyball/Sand VB Communications New Germany, Minn.  
Trixi Menge Women's XC Business Admin. Seffner, Fla.  
Whitney Meyers Lacrosse Health Science Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 4.0
Demi Meza Softball Business Oxnard, Cal.  
Hunter Miller Men's Basketball Business Admin. Nashville, Tenn.  
Jen Miller Women's Tennis Finance Tampa, Fla. CS, COM, PREZ
Janelle Mills Women's Basketball Communications Wesley Chapel, Fla.  
Noelle Morabito Lacrosse Undecided East Rochester, NY  
Chrissy Morello Softball Elementary Education Ormand Beach, Fla. CS
Kristen Mueller Women's Soccer Environmental Science DeLand, Fla. CS
Joel Naburgs Men's Basketball Psychology Ringwood, Australia  
Luis Ocejo Men's Soccer Finance Mexico City, Mexico CS, COM, PREZ, 4.0
Colleen O'Kennedy Women's Soccer Health Science Oviedo, Fla. CS, 4.0
Katie O'Kennedy Women's Soccer Health Science Oviedo, Fla. CS
Mary Kate O'Sullivan Lacrosse Undecided Naples, Fla.  
Meredith Owen Softball Marketing Jackson, Miss.  
Egor Panyushkin Men's Tennis International Business Moscow, Russia  
Amanda Parker Lacrosse Family Enterprise Perkasie, Pa.  
Angelo Parkinson Men's XC French/Secondary Ed. Wauchula, Fla.  
Adam Pegg Men's Basketball Health Science Clearwater, Fla.  
Brian Pegg Men's Basketball Undecided Clearwater, Fla.  
Andrew Peterson Men's Golf Political Science Andover, Minn. 4.0
Matt Pisciottano Baseball Undecided Boynton Beach, Fla.  
Kyle Pitts Baseball Business Management Coral Springs, Fla.  
Hallie Plunkett Lacrosse Digital Arts Brentwood, Tenn.  
Juan Polanco Men's Soccer Biology Miramar, Fla.  
Jenna Premo Women's Soccer Elementary Education Deltona, Fla.  
Cailyn Prewitt Volleyball Health Science Rocklin, Cal.  
Michael Primavera Men's Golf Undecided Naples, Fla.  
Ben Rakus Baseball Finance West Suffield, Conn.  
James Rasmussen Baseball Finance Tallahassee, Fla.  
Sarah Read Softball Psychology Seminole, Fla.  
Claudia Redinger Women's Golf Management Durban, South Africa CS
Stephanie Rendell Lacrosse Digital Arts Lake Mary, Fla.  
Hans Adrian Riseng Men's Tennis Finance Oslo, Norway CS
Frankie Romano Baseball Finance Cape Coral, Fla.  
Monique Russell Volleyball Psychology Phoenix, Ariz.  
Garrett Russini Baseball Sport Management Bradenton, Fla.  
Maren Rygh Sand Volleyball Business Admin. Tonsberg, Norway  
Steven Saballos Men's Soccer Accounting Miami, Fla.  
Grace Sager Women's Soccer English Niceville, Fla.  
Adam Schaly Baseball Business Mamagement Ashland, Ohio  
Kurt Schluter Baseball Finance Jupiter, Fla. CS
Andreas Schnabl Men's Soccer International Business Blaichach, Germany CS
Laura Seletos Women's Soccer Computer Info. Sys. New Port Richey, Fla.  
Jama Sharp Women's Basketball Sport Management Mooresville, Ind. CS
Kyle Sikora Men's Basketball Finance Key Largo, Fla. CS
Tawni Small Volleyball Biology Winter Springs, Fla.  
Sammi Smith Women's Golf Mathematics Louisville, Ky. CS, 4.0
Kendale Speyerer Sand Volleyball Biology Winter Haven, Fla.  
MayaBlue Stauffer-MacDowell Women's Tennis Elementary Education Asheville, NC CS
Martha Stubbs Women's Soccer Biology Marietta, Ga.  
Allison Sutherlin Softball Health Science Huntsville, Ala. CS
Doug Szoka Men's Soccer Sport Management DeLand, Fla. CS
Zsófia Szurovszki Women's Golf International Business Budapest, Hungary  
Clarke Tatje Women's Tennis Marine Biology Eustis, Fla.  
Matt Taylor Men's Golf Finance Naples, Fla. CS
Simone Taylor Women's Basketball Health Science Delray Beach, Fla.  
Alyssa Thompson Women's XC Accounting Mims, Fla. CS, COM, PREZ, 4.0
Mallory Tluchowski Lacrosse Health Science Montclair, Va.  
Madison Tormey Sand Volleyball Psychology Orlando, Fla.  
David Torres Men's Golf Business Admin. Port St. Lucie, Fla.  
Andrew Townes Men's XC Sport Management Winter Park, Fla.  
Victoria Troccoli Women's Soccer Sport Management Troy, Mich.  
Alexis Trybinski Women's Soccer Psychology Collinsville, Ill. CS
Gabriele Vittori Men's Soccer Economics Caracas, Venezuela CS
Olena Vlasyuk Women's XC Health Science Palm Coast, Fla.  
Ed Waller Men's Golf Marketing Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.  
Tyler Warmoth Baseball Finance Longwood, Fla. CS
James Welch III Men's XC Psychology Seminole, Fla.  
Alyssa Welsh Women's Soccer Elementary Education Edison, NJ CS
Emmie Wenzell Women's XC Economics Fairborn, Ohio CS
J.R. Weston Men's Basketball Finance Moral, Ohio 4.0
Chelsea Whalley Softball Health Science Calgary, Alberta CS, COM
Tyler White Men's Golf Finance Palm Harbor, Fla.  
Erika White Volleyball/Sand VB Health Science Jacksonville, Ill. CS
Kianna Woolington Softball Marketing Tallahassee, Fla.  
Travis Workman Men's Soccer Finance DeLand, Fla. CS
Kyle Zech Baseball Management Naples, Fla. CS
Special Recognition Key        
CS = Conference Scholar        
COM = Commissioner's Scholar        
PREZ = President's Scholar        
4.0 = 4.0 GPA for 2012-13        

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