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43 Illini Honored as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars



July 10, 2013

2012-13 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference recognized 43 student-athletes from Illinois when it announced its list of recipients for the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award on Wednesday. The list includes student-athletes from every institution and 38 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 2012-13 class of Distinguished Scholar Award recipients includes 101 student-athletes who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during the previous academic term.

Big Ten Distinguished Scholars from Illinois
NameSportYearMajorHometown
Kersten Magrum W Basketball Junior Psychology Mokena, Ill.
Meagan Hynes W Cross Country Senior Elementary Education: Math Naperville, Ill.
Rachel Irion W Cross Country Junior Psychology Naperville, Ill.
Katie Porada W Cross Country Junior Elementary Education Clarendon Hills, Ill.
Chloe Schmidt W Cross Country Sophomore Civil Engineering State College, Pa.
Alyssa Schneider W Cross Country Sophomore Mathematics Bartlett, Ill.
Hannah Worman W Cross Country Junior Mathematics: Teaching Arlington Hts., Ill.
Houston Bates Football Junior Community Health Covington, La.
Corey Lewis Football Grad. Recreation, Sport & Tourism Cresco, Pa.
Tyler Sands Football Grad. Advertising Boyertown, Pa.
Nathan Scheelhaase Football Senior Communications Kansas City, Mo.
Michelle Mayer W Golf Sophomore Business Flossmoor, Ill.
Ember Schuldt W Golf Junior Management Sterling, Ill.
Cameron Rogers M Gymnastics Junior Industrial Engineering Charlotte, N.C.
Alex Varga M Gymnastics Junior Accountancy Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Nicole Denenberg W Soccer Senior Advertising Chicago, Ill.
Vanessa DiBernardo W Soccer Junior Recreation, Sport & Tourism Naperville, Ill.
Christina Farrell W Soccer Junior Advertising Tucson, Ariz.
Kristen Gierman W Soccer Senior Secondary Education Arlington Hts., Ill.
Shayla Mutz W Soccer Senior Health Behavior Change Homer Glen, Ill.
Megan Pawloski W Soccer Junior Kinesiology Belleville, Ill.
Alex Booker Softball Junior Recreation, Sport & Tourism Gurnee, Ill.
Hailey Booth W Swimming Sophomore Psychology Loveland, Ohio
Keri Eberhardt W Swimming Senior Integrative Biology Tinley Park, Ill.
Erin Lamb W Swimming Senior Kinesiology Naperville, Ill.
Erica Lynn W Swimming Junior English Swansea, Ill.
Callan McDermott W Swimming Sophomore Community Health Mokena, Ill.
Alyssa Petruzzello W Swimming Senior Elementary Education Champaign, Ill.
Marin Thompson W Swimming Junior Economics Jackson, Wis.
Alyssa Toland W Swimming Junior Interdisciplinary Health Mokena, Ill.
Emily Wilkinson W Swimming Junior Elementary Education Westmont, Ill.
Bruno Abdelnour M Tennis Senior Mechanical Engineering Aleppo, Syria
Sam Telfer M Track & Field/XC Sophomore Advertising La Grange, Ill.
Joshua Hodur M Track & Field Senior Accountancy Chicago, Ill.
Nathan Troester M Track & Field Grad. Accountancy Mokena, Ill.
Amanda Duvendack W Track & Field Junior Biology Metamora, Ill.
Meghan Frigo W Track & Field Junior Elementary Education Elmhurst, Ill.
Vicky Pavlou W Track & Field Sophomore Management Kildeer, Ill.
Asia Thomas W Track & Field Sophomore Community Health Cape Girardeau, Mo
Anna Dorn Volleyball Junior Kinesiology Munster, Ind.
Jessica Jendryk Volleyball Senior Recreation, Sport & Tourism Wheaton, Ill.
Liz McMahon Volleyball Sophomore General Curriculum Township, Ohio
Adam Acheson Wrestling Junior Kinesiology Champaign, Ill.
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