WKU Honors Student-Athletes at Academic Celebration

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Over 250 WKU student-athletes filled the main floor of E.A. Diddle Arena Wednesday night to celebrate academic achievements during the 2011-12 academic year.

WKU Interim Director of Athletics Todd Stewart served as the master of ceremonies, and the evening's program featured comments from WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell and assistant men's basketball coach David Boyden.

During the course of the year, WKU had 19 individuals recognized as Academic All-Americans by various sport organizations, and 36 student-athletes were inducted into WKU's Chi Alpha Sigma academic honor society. In addition, the volleyball, swimming and diving, cross country and soccer teams were given team academic honors by coaches associations and other organizations.

Hilltopper basketball student-athlete Teeng Akol was given the Courage Award for his efforts and advancements both inside and outside the classroom during difficult circumstances, and Lady Topper basketball student-athlete Chaney Means received the Outreach Service Award for her efforts to improve the community in which she lives and better the individuals she encounters on a daily basis.

For the fourth-straight year the men's tennis team finished with the highest team grade point average this academic year, earning Academic Team of the Year honors on the men's side. The squad had a cumulative GPA of 3.17. For the third time in the last four years the women's soccer team is the female Academic Team of the Year after compiling a 3.62 team GPA.

The graduating male and female seniors with the highest grade point averages were given Scholar Athlete of the Year recognition Tuesday night, with Jeremy Sites of the track and field and cross country programs and women's soccer student-athlete Lindsay Williams earning the distinctions.

Outgoing Student-Athlete Advisory Council Presidents Kyle Chettleburgh (track and field and cross country) and Courtney Rymer (women's soccer) were also recognized for service to their fellow student-athletes and the student body as whole over the past year.