With the 2013-2014 Athletic seasons in the books, the Missouri Valley Conference announced its annual academic achievement awards. Valley Commissioner Doug Elgin announced the recipients of the President’s Council Academic Excellence Award, Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award and the MVC Honor Roll.
Out of the 62 Valley athletes who received the President’s Council Academic Excellence Award, 11 were Illinois State athletes. To earn this award, student-athletes must have at least a 3.80 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) at the conclusion of the Spring 2014 semester. Student-athletes must have also been part of athletics for a minimum of two years and within 18 credit hours of graduation.
Redbird athletes who received the President’s Council Academic Excellence Award were Victoria Alland (swimming and diving), Jenna Bossle (gymnastics), Morgan Buechele (swimming and diving), Kyla Cross (soccer), Parker Freiburg (men’s golf), Shannon McGlaughlin (volleyball), Chloe Nelson (women’s basketball), Angela Rego (volleyball), Danielle Schumacher (swimming and diving), Elise Sigg (women’s track and field) and Anna Stinson (women’s soccer). These 11 selected for the PCAEA were just a small sample size of other honors handed to Illinois State Athletes.
In the 2013-2014 school year, 90 Illinois State athletes were awarded the Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award. This specific award is given to student-athletes who possess a minimum 3.5 GPA the previous two semesters, a 3.2 cumulative GPA, as well as participation in athletics.
The MVC also released the 2013-2014 Honor Roll, which included the names of 213 Redbird athletes. In order to be on the Honor Roll, student-athletes must have at least a 3.2 GPA for a specific term (Fall 2013/Spring 2014), must be on an athletics roster, and must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) for both fall and spring semesters.
Illinois State student-athletes will strive to increase the amount of student-athletes on each of the award lists for the 2014-2015 academic year.