Record Number of A-Sun Student-Athletes Earn Academic Distinction

Thursday, June 28, 2012

MACON, Ga. (June 28, 2012) – More than 65 percent of the student-athletes in the Atlantic Sun Conference posted a 3.0 grade point average or better during the 2011-12 competition season, establishing a new record for academic excellence.

"I applaud all who continue to successfully achieve as student-athletes," said A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart. "To see nearly two-thirds of our student-athletes earn this level of academic distinction means that they certainly are committed to the A-Sun's mission of 'Building Winners for Life.' It is important to recognize that this is a team effort, due to the commitment of the athletic administration, coaches and staff of our member institutions, who daily serve as the catalysts for such impressive development of our young people. Congratulations and thank you again to the institutions and to each student-athlete for providing such an outstanding representation of the Atlantic Sun Conference."

A total of 41 student-athletes earned Presidential Scholar recognition by completing their eligibility with a GPA of 3.8 or better. The Bucs had five scholar-athletes graduate with the honor as Robin Akser (Management and Marketing, 3.953 GPA), Sander Gille (Management and Marketing, 3.925 GPA) and Jeremy Bonnevalle (Management and Marketing, 3.925 GPA) from men’s tennis, Paula Jamie-Agramon (Marketing, 3.819 GPA) of women’s tennis, and men’s golfer Peter Wilson (Economics, 3.89 GPA) were a part of the prestigious group.                

Meanwhile, another 46 student-athletes claimed Commissioner Scholar recognition for landing between the 3.6 and 3.79 GPA status upon graduation. A total of seven Buccaneer scholar-athletes from seven different teams received the Commissioner Scholar accolade. Skyler Barnett (Sport Management, 3.647 GPA) from baseball, women’s soccer goalkeeper Caitlin Gaughan (Biochemistry, 3.705 GPA), softball pitcher Shelby Morris (Broadcasting, 3.671 GPA), Diana Navrostska (Sport Management, 3.795 GPA) from women’s tennis, Leah Oakhill (General Studies, 3.643 GPA) from women’s track and field, Cornell Sneed (Criminal Justice, 3.722 GPA) of men’s track and field, and men’s basketball guard Adam Sollazzo (Marketing, 3.712 GPA) were recipients of the honor.

"Each of these students are exemplary representations of the characteristics a student-athlete should embody,” said ETSU’s Academic Coordinator Charvi Greer. “Their commitment to academic development has earned well-deserved recognition. The preparation and diligence they've shown will without a doubt translate into future professional success."

The A-Sun recognized 1,416 student-athletes as All-Academic selections for their work in the classroom by reaching the 3.0 mark. Additionally, 89 percent of the A-Sun’s 18 championship teams had at least half of the student-athletes on their rosters earn All-Academic recognition. As the A-Sun saw more than 65 percent of the student-athletes post a 3.0 GPA or higher in 2011-12, ETSU also had over 65 percent of its scholar-athletes (154 of 233 student-athletes) generate a GPA of 3.0 or better.  

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.

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