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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
NameSportYearMajor
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
HEADLINES
W. Volleyball | 10/24/2014
General Release | 10/24/2014
General Release | 10/24/2014
W. Cross Country; Track & Field | 10/24/2014
M. Cross Country; Track & Field | 10/24/2014