WKU Honors 17 Academic All-Americans and Scholar Teams

WKU recognized its student-athletes and top scholar teams, including 17 student-athletes who earned Academic All-American honors, in an on campus reception and dinner on Monday evening.

The soccer team was honored as women's scholar team of the year with a team grade point average of 3.55, while the tennis and golf teams tied for the men's scholar team honors with a 3.1 grade point average.   

The top graduation male and female student-athletes were also honored.  Softball infielder/designated hitter Shannon Smith and Patrick Jenkins of the cross country/track teams each earned a 4.0 grade point average.

In addition, the following 17 student-athletes were honored for achieving Academic All-American honors in the past 12 months.

Rachelle Boucher (softball)
Brittany Bowen (volleyball)
Chad Cregar (baseball)
Rachel Friedman (soccer)
Patrick Jenkins (track)
Sarah Lambrecht (track)
Megan Meinke (soccer)
Eimear O' Brien (track)
Matt Payton (baseball)
Brittney Perry (softball)
Matt Rice (baseball)
Mark Santoro (football)
Shannon Smith (softball)
Morgan Thomas (soccer)
Amanda Walden (softball)
Kellie Walker (soccer)
Nikki Workman (soccer)

WKU also recognized 21 student-athletes who were newly inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society that recognizes high academic achievers (at least a 3.4 gpa) and letter winners in their sport.  Since joining Chi Alpha Sigma in 2007, WKU has inducted 118 athletes into the honor society.  The following 21 were honored Monday night:

Stephan Ayers (football)
William Beard (golf)
Christie Beck (swimming)
Matthew Bracken (baseball)
Kaitlyn Casper (swimming)
Vasity Chemweno (track)
Elizabeth Ferrell (softball)
Chelsea Grover (soccer)
Jordan Magruder (golf)
William Martin (tennis)
Kara McCarthy (swimming)
Buddy Price (track)
James Rice (baseball)
Mark Santoro (football)
Arul Selvan (tennis)
Sean Shannon (swimming)
Emily Teegarden (volleyball)
Lindsay D. Williams (soccer)
Lindsay L. Williams (volleyball)
Emily Wolff (golf)
Anna Zhidkova (track)

WKU has had more individuals honored by the league academically than any other institution in each of the last five years, and 85% of all student-athletes who have fulfilled their eligibility in the last 10 years have graduated.  For all 412 WKU student-athletes, the overall cumulative average GPA is 2.93 and 213 student-athletes (52%) are maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.