Award Winners Named At Old National Bank Scholar-Athlete Banquet
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Kyle Walsh Took The Presidential Scholar...
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Indiana State University held its annual Old National Bank Scholar-Athlete Banquet earlier this week in the Hulman Memorial Student Union. Several different student-athletes and teams were honored during the event.
The evening was highlighted by the awarding of the Presidential Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The female award winner was volleyball’s Kelli Whitaker, who is a sophomore Elementary Education major. Whitaker earned the Missouri Valley Conference’s State Farm Good Neighbor Award in the Fall of 2008 and was a member of the MVC All-Scholar-Athlete Volleyball team as well. With her perfect 4.0 GPA, Whitaker also was named to the 2009 Sycamore All-Academic Team. The male award winner was cross country’s Kyle Walsh who likewise took the MVC’s State Farm Good Neighbor Award and was a First Team member of the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team.
Michael Wenham of the men’s tennis team took the Gillum Award, which is presented to a deserving student-athlete by the ISU Foundation. The award recognizes a graduating student-athlete who has attained the highest grade point average while displaying outstanding leadership abilities.
The Athletic Director’s Cup was taken by the women’s soccer team, which recorded a 3.61 team GPA over the past year. That represents the highest team GPA recorded inside the athletic department.
Athletic Coordinator for Athletics Steve Duzan presented the Sycamore Cup to the softball team. Softball earned the Cup for their team GPA of 3.60 as well as their devotion to success in all aspects of life through community service, school spirit, academic achievement and leadership on campus.
Members of the Sycamore Scholar-Athlete team were named as well during the evening. This honor is reserved for those student-athletes who have achieved excellence in the classroom and on the playing field with a 3.0 term grade point average in each of the last two semesters. Those honored were:
Baseball — Ben Caple, Nick Ciolli, Tony Colucci, Brian Jett, Michael Manus, Brady Shoemaker and Ryan Strausborger. Men’s Basketball — Brant Leitnaker and Jordan Printy. Football — Jack Byrne, Josh Jellison, Josh Jones, Dan Millington, Gabe Mullane, Brandon Pence, Matt Seliger, Chris Stepp, Elliott Thomas and Kevin Wilson. Men’s Track & Cross Country — Brad Ada, Bryan Alexander, Josh Bedford, Anthony Bertoli, Julian Chike, Thomas Crum, Michael Disher, Tykeen Fulton, Scott Keeney, Blaine Kinsey, Scott Koressel, Jared Messmann, Nicholas Polite, Eric Schulz, Drake Sterling, Steven Swinfford, Kyle Walsh and Brandon Youngdale. Men’s Tennis — Blake Douglas and Michael Wenham. Women’s Basketball — Kelsie Cooley, Kelsey Luna, Leah Phillips, Tiffany Reida, Laurence Rivest and Kara Schilli. Golf — Kayley Bodine, Abby Butler, Kelsea Ice, Mackenzie Mack, Diana Price and Breanne Smith. Women’s Track & Cross Country — Kayla Alexander, Amanda Barlage, Mary Kate Conway, Alicia Fritschi, Kelsey Hanley, Sarah Heaton, Kylie Hutson, Amanda Jones, Allison Malone, Erica Moore, Rachel Posey, Emily Pugh, Nicole Royer, Dana Sander, Heather Stembridge, Katherine Weber and Adriane Wunderlich. Soccer — Erin Bianchi, Noelle Carusilo, Casey Clark, Ellen Gittemeier, Libby Knight, Whitney McInnis, Cassandra Miller, Katlin Owens, Alyssa Ramsey, Natasia San Cartier and Sarah Tretter. Softball — Katy Armour, Britt Boyer, Stephanie Jonson, Kacy Kestner, Meagan McCurdy, Amber Paz, Meredith Simpson and Darcy Wood. Volleyball — Kristy Cox, Whitney Fromm, Alisha Polite, Jodi Stoker and Kelli Whitaker.
Also named during the evening was the 2009 Sycamore All-Academic Team, which recognized student-athletes who demonstrate continued commitment to the essential balance between academics and athletic achievement. Those honored were:
Brady Shoemaker (baseball), Brant Leitnaker (men’s basketball), Josh Jones (football), Scott Keeney (men’s cross country), Brandon Youngdale (men’s track and field), Michael Wenham (men’s tennis), Kelsey Luna (women’s basketball), Tiffany Reida (women’s basketball), Mackenzie Mack (women’s golf), Adriane Wunderlich (women’s cross country), Rachel Posey (women’s track and field), Erin Bianchi (women’s soccer), Britt Boyer (softball), Sarah Meghoufel (women’s tennis) and Kelli Whitaker (volleyball).
The event culminated with Dennis Raetz presenting Dr. Cathy Baker with a special lifetime achievement award for her work with the student academic services department at Indiana State University.
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