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    Illinois Boasts 52 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

    Dec. 6, 2012

    Complete List of Honorees

    PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Fifty-two University of Illinois student-athletes in five fall sports were named to the Academic All-Big Ten teams, the conference announced Thursday. The Illini boasted 10 volleyball players, most among all Big Ten schools, as well as 18 football players, 11 women's soccer players, nine women's cross country athletes and four men's cross country runners.

    Academic All-Big Ten honors are bestowed upon student-athletes who have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better, earned an athletic letter and are in at least their second year at their institution.

    Among Illinois' honorees are soccer's NSCAA third-team All-American Vanessa DiBernardo, All-Big Ten volleyball player Liz McMahon and men's cross country NCAA Championships qualifier Hunter Mickow. In addition, seven Illini earning Academic All-Big Ten honors already have earned their bachelor's degrees and are pursuing a graduate degree.

    The conference office also awards Academic All-Big Ten distinction in the winter and spring seasons, and will present the Distinguished Scholar Award at the end of the academic year. Student-athletes eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award must be letterwinners in at least their second year at their institution. Qualifying student-athletes must have earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher for the current academic year, excluding summer school. The Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award was established by conference Faculty Representatives as an addition to the conference's Academic All-Big Ten program.

    The complete listing of 2012 fall sports Academic All-Big Ten honorees is below.

     2012 Fall Academic All-Big Ten Selections
     Football
     Name Year Major Hometown
    Houston Bates Jr. Community Health Covington, La.
    Zach Becker Sr. Kinesiology Homer, Ill.
    Ralph Cooper So. Broadcast Journalism Winnsboro, S.C.
    Jon Davis So. Undeclared Louisville, Ky.
    Justin DuVernois So. Undeclared Plantation, Fla.
    Justin Green Sr. Sport Management Louisville, Ky.
    James Hallendorff Gr. Mechanical Engineering Vernon Hills, Ill.
    Spencer Harris Jr. Earth, Society And Environment Greenwood, Ark.
    Michael Heitz Jr. Farm Management Vermont, Ill.
    Ted Karras So. Communication Indianapolis, Ind.
    Corey Lewis Gr. Recreation, Sport and Tourism Cresco, Pa.
    Kaeman Mitchell Sr. Communication Lawrence, Kan.
    Reilly O'Toole So. Sport Management Wheaton, Ill.
    Zak Pedersen Gr. Recreation, Sport and Tourism Joliet, Ill.
    Tyler Sands Gr. Advertising Boyertown, Pa.
    Nathan Scheelhaase Sr. Communication Kansas City, Mo.
    Austin Teitsma Jr. Sport Management Glen Ellyn, Ill.
    Taylor Zalewski So. Undelcared Orland Park, Ill.
     Men's Cross Country
     Name Year Major Hometown
    Ian Barnett So. Business Glen Ellyn, Ill.
    Tommy King So. Biology Winnetka, Ill.
    Hunter Mickow Gr. Accountancy Princeton, Ill.
    Sam Telfer So. Advertising La Grange, Ill.

     Women's Cross Country
     Name Year Major Hometown
    Madeline Aufmann Gr. Recreation, Sport and Tourism Cary, Ill.
    Meagan Hynes Sr. Elementary Education: Math Naperville, Ill.
    Rachel Irion Jr. Psychology Naperville, Ill.
    Katie Porada Jr. Elementary Education: Language Arts Clarendon Hills, Ill.
    Chloe Schmidt So. Civil Engineering State College, Pa.
    Alyssa Schneider So. Mathematics Bartlett, Ill.
    Kelsey Seiler Sr. Advertising Sleepy Hollow, Ill.
    Hannah Worman Jr. Mathematics: Teaching Arlington Heights, Ill.
    Courtney Yaeger Sr. Individual Plans of Study Wheeling, W. Va.

     Soccer
     Name Year Major Hometown
    Kassidy Brown Jr. Sport Management Lake Zurich, Ill.
    Nicole Denenberg Sr. Advertising Chicago, Ill.
    Vanessa DiBernardo Jr. Sport Management Naperville, Ill.
    Christina Farrell Jr. Advertising Tucson, Ariz.
    Kristen Gierman Sr. Secondary Education/Social Studies Arlington Heights, Ill.
    Marissa Holden Sr. Marketing Murphy, Texas
    Shayla Mutz Sr. Health Behavior Change Homer Glen, Ill.
    Allie Osoba Jr. Health Planning and Administration Orland Park, Ill.
    Steph Panozzo Gr. Accountancy Maple Ridge, B.C.
    Megan Pawloski Jr. Kinesiology Belleville, Ill.
    Aliina Weykamp So. Biology Grand Haven, Mich.

     Volleyball
     Name Year Major Hometown
    Courtney Abrahamovich Jr. Elementary Education Naperville, Ill.
    Morganne Criswell So. Undeclared Decatur, Ill.
    Anna Dorn Jr. Kinesiology Munster, Ind.
    Jessica Jendryk Sr. Sport Management Wheaton, Ill.
    Erin Johnson Sr. Kinesiology Crystal Lake, Ill.
    Annie Luhrsen Sr. Finance Wheaton, Ill.
    Liz McMahon So. Undeclared Liberty Township, Ohio
    Tayler Onion Sr. Advertising Industry, Ill.
    Ali Stark So. Undeclared Mount Vernon, Iowa
    Jackie Wolfe Sr. Mathematics Wheaton, Ill.

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