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Courtesy: Athletics Communications

Scholar-Athletes Shine In Spotlight

Release: 04/21/2008
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AMES, Iowa The Iowa State athletics department honored its best Monday evening at the Academic Recognition Banquet in Hilton Coliseum.  The Cyclones recognized its 137 student-athletes who achieved a grade-point average of at least 3.0 and then put its top academic achievers in the spotlight.

“It is great to be able to go before the Faculty Senate and say that the student-athlete graduation rate and grade point average are above the all-university average,” Pollard told the assembly of more than 200 people.

Seven Cyclone student-athletes were recognized as 4.00 scholars. Rachel Bell (cross country/track and field), Chrissy Derouin (tennis), Anne Gleason (soccer), Lisa Koll (cross country/track and field), Caitlin Loprinzi (tennis), Shellie Mosman (women’s basketball) and Daniel Murray (cross country/track and field) were recognized for their academic achievement.

“It was important tonight for us to recognize the high level of academic achievement by our student-athletes,” assistant athletics director for academic services Tommy Powell said. “It is incredible for me to come to this school and be a part of an athletics department where over 51 percent of our student-athletes have attained a 3.0 grade-point average the last two semesters.”

Mosman, Bell and Murray were honored for having the highest cumulative grade-point averages among current Iowa State student-athletes. Sixteen student-athletes were named to the All-Cyclone team for having earned the highest GPA on their respective teams for the Spring 2007 and Fall 2007 semesters.

A total of 34 student-athletes were recognized as members of Chi Alpha Sigma Honors Society for lettering in a sport and maintaining a 3.40 or higher cumulative grade-point average.

The ISU Letterwinners Club recognized 15 student-athletes with the All-Around Scholar-Athlete Award to honor one individual from each sport who exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete. The award recognizes significant athletic contribution, academic excellence, leadership, and participation in community service.

Iowa State gymnast Ashley Kent was honored for her service in the community through the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).

The climax of the evening was the moving presentation of the Eye of the Storm award to men’s golfer Tyler Swanson.  Swanson made a heroic against-all-odds recovery from a car accident that nearly claimed his life and will graduate in July with a bachelor’s of arts degree in speech communication.


High Scholar Award
Shellie Mosman (WBB)
Rachel Bell (CC)
Daniel Murray (CC)

All-Cyclone Team
Brock Jacobson (MBB)
Shellie Mosman (WBB)
Bryce Braaksma (FB)
Chris Baker (MG)
Kendra Hanson (WG)
Jennifer Hornbaker (GYM)
Ann Gleason (SOC)
Courtney Wray (SB)
Lindsey Behrens (SWIM)
Chrissy Derouin (TEN)
Daniel Murray (CC)
Rachel Bell (CC)
Amy Vos (VB)
Anthony White (WR)
Leia Jackson (T&F)
Michael Alexander (T&F)

SAAC Service Award
President Award to Ashley Kent (GYM)

Letterwinners All-Around Scholar-Athlete
Mark Currie (MBB)
Amanda Nisleit (WBB)
Erin Boeve (VB)
Chris Baker (MG)
Kendra Hanson (WG)
Megan Barnes (GYM)
Lauren Fader (SOC)
Caitlin Loprinzi (TEN)
Cyler Sanderson (WR)
Lindsay Wiesner (SWIM)
Marquis Hamilton (FB)
Justin Peel (T&F)
Jory Zunich (CC)
Lisa Koll (CC)
Amie Ford (SB)

Eye of the Storm
Tyler Swanson (MG)

Chi Alpha Sigma Awardees
Anthony White (WR)
Ben Hanisch (WR)
Joey DeMarie (WR)
Erin Penticoff (T&F)
Jessi Wild (T&F)
Leia Jackson (T&F)
Lisa Koll (T&F)
Megan Nielsen (F&F)
Amanda Nisleit (WBB)
Brittany Lange (WBB)
Amy Vos (VB)
Erin Boeve (VB)
Caitlin Loprinzi (TEN)
Chrissy Derouin (TEN)
Kara Hickey (TEN)
Kali Fryklund (SWIM)
Lindsay Wegner (SWIM)
Madeline Crawford (SWIM)
Michelle Dettmer (SB)
Elisa Berzins (SOC)
Maggie McManemin (SOC)
Brandon Rooney (T&F)
Dainel Fadgen (T&F)
Daniel Murray (T&F)
Kevin Born (T&F)
Kiel Uhl (T&F)
Chris Baker (MG)
Brock Jacobson (MBB)
Ashley Kent (GYM)
Ceilia Maccani (GYM)
Jasmine Thompson (GYM)
Bryce Braaksma (FB)
Caleb Berg (FB)
Chase Hurtig (FB)

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