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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
    Kersten Magrum Women's Basketball Junior Psychology Mokena, Ill.
    Meagan Hynes Women's Cross Country Senior Elementary Education: Math Naperville, Ill.
    Rachel Irion Women's Cross Country Junior Psychology Naperville, Ill.
    Katie Porada Women's Cross Country Junior Elementary Education Clarendon Hills, Ill.
    Chloe Schmidt Women's Cross Country Sophomore Civil Engineering State College, Pa.
    Alyssa Schneider Women's Cross Country Sophomore Mathematics Bartlett, Ill.
    Hannah Worman Women's 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 Women's Golf Sophomore Business Flossmoor, Ill.
    Ember Schuldt Women's Golf Junior Management Sterling, Ill.
    Cameron Rogers Men's Gymnastics Junior Industrial Engineering Charlotte, N.C.
    Alex Varga Men's Gymnastics Junior Accountancy Glen Ellyn, Ill.
    Nicole Denenberg Women's Soccer Senior Advertising Chicago, Ill.
    Vanessa DiBernardo Women's Soccer Junior Recreation, Sport & Tourism Naperville, Ill.
    Christina Farrell Women's Soccer Junior Advertising Tucson, Ariz.
    Kristen Gierman Women's Soccer Senior Secondary Education Arlington Hts., Ill.
    Shayla Mutz Women's Soccer Senior Health Behavior Change Homer Glen, Ill.
    Megan Pawloski Women's Soccer Junior Kinesiology Belleville, Ill.
    Alex Booker Softball Junior Recreation, Sport & Tourism Gurnee, Ill.
    Hailey Booth Women's Swimming Sophomore Psychology Loveland, Ohio
    Keri Eberhardt Women's Swimming Senior Integrative Biology Tinley Park, Ill.
    Erin Lamb Women's Swimming Senior Kinesiology Naperville, Ill.
    Erica Lynn Women's Swimming Junior English Swansea, Ill.
    Callan McDermott Women's Swimming Sophomore Community Health Mokena, Ill.
    Alyssa Petruzzello Women's Swimming Senior Elementary Education Champaign, Ill.
    Marin Thompson Women's Swimming Junior Economics Jackson, Wis.
    Alyssa Toland Women's Swimming Junior Interdisciplinary Health Mokena, Ill.
    Emily Wilkinson Women's Swimming Junior Elementary Education Westmont, Ill.
    Bruno Abdelnour Men's Tennis Senior Mechanical Engineering Aleppo, Syria
    Sam Telfer Men's Track & Field/XC Sophomore Advertising La Grange, Ill.
    Joshua Hodur Men's Track & Field Senior Accountancy Chicago, Ill.
    Nathan Troester Men's Track & Field Grad. Accountancy Mokena, Ill.
    Amanda Duvendack Women's Track & Field Junior Biology Metamora, Ill.
    Meghan Frigo Women's Track & Field Junior Elementary Education Elmhurst, Ill.
    Vicky Pavlou Women's Track & Field Sophomore Management Kildeer, Ill.
    Asia Thomas Women's 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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