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45 Illini Recognized as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

July 9, 2014

2013-14 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference recognized 45 student-athletes from Illinois when it announced its list of recipients for the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award on Wednesday. The list of 684 includes student-athletes from every institution and 37 different sports who have earned a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year.

In February of 2008, Big Ten Faculty Representatives established a conference academic recognition to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Similar to the Academic All-Big Ten honor, Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution. However, the Distinguished Scholar Award encompasses only student-athletes with a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year, excluding summer school. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for a student-athlete's academic career.

The 2013-14 class of Distinguished Scholar Award recipients includes 101 student-athletes who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during the previous academic term, including seven honorees from Illinois denoted with an asterisk below.

Big Ten Distinguished Scholars from Illinois
Reid Roper Baseball Senior Elementary Education: Mathematics
Will Brewster M Cross Country Sophomore Bioengineering
Rachel Irion W Cross Country Senior Psychology and Spanish
Katie Porada * W Cross Country Senior Elementary Education
Alyssa Schneider W Cross Country Junior Mathematics
Alex Burge M Golf Junior Entrepreneurship
Ember Schuldt W Golf Senior Recreation, Sport & Tourism
Mike Wilner M Gymnastics Junior Computer Engineering
Sunny Kato W Gymnastics Junior Communication
Elizabeth McNabb W Gymnastics Senior Community Health: Health Education
Jordan Naleway W Gymnastics Junior Social Work
Giana O'Connor W Gymnastics Sophomore Recreation, Sport & Tourism
Nicole Breece Soccer Sophomore Kinesiology
Vanessa DiBernardo Soccer Senior Recreation, Sport & Tourism
Christina Farrell Soccer Senior Human Resources and Industrial Relations
Amy Feher Soccer Sophomore Psychology
Kristen Gierman * Soccer Senior Secondary Education
Allie Osoba Soccer Senior Community Health
Lauren Parkin * Soccer Senior Community Health
Taylore Peterson Soccer Sophomore Community Health
Allie Bauch * Softball Sophomore Communication
Kylie Johnson Softball Sophomore Kinesiology
Katie Repole Softball Sophomore Recreation, Sport & Tourism
Brittany Sanchez * Softball Junior Community Health: Health Education
Hailey Booth Swimming & Diving Junior Psychology
Jessica Holz Swimming & Diving Senior Community Health
Erica Lynn Swimming & Diving Senior English and Rhetoric: Creative Writing
Lori Lynn Swimming & Diving Sophomore Health
Megan Marchuk Swimming & Diving Junior Industrial Engineering
Sloane McDermott Swimming & Diving Sophomore General Curriculum
Alison Meng * Swimming & Diving Junior Kinesiology
Erika Murphy Swimming & Diving Junior Finance
Courtney Pope Swimming & Diving Senior Accountancy
Alyssa Toland Swimming & Diving Senior Health
Jared Hiltzik M Tennis Sophomore Communication
Alex Jesse M Tennis Sophomore Communication
Amanda Duvendack W Track & Field Senior Biology
Tess Johnson W Track & Field Sophomore Mathematics
Chloe Schmidt * W Track & Field Junior Civil Engineering
Kymbriona Taylor W Track & Field Sophomore General Curriculum
Asia Thomas W Track & Field Junior Community Health
Anna Dorn Volleyball Senior Kinesiology
Liz McMahon Volleyball Junior Recreation, Sport & Tourism
Ali Stark Volleyball Junior Recreation, Sport & Tourism
Adam Acheson Wrestling Senior Kinesiology