SPRINGFIELD -- A total of 197 Missouri State University student-athletes were recognized during the seventh annual Maroon and White Honors Banquet and Scholar-Athlete Awards ceremony held Monday (April 24) evening at Hammons Student Center.
The student-athletes were recognized for achieving a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade-point average for all semesters at Missouri State.
This year's crop of academic honorees represents student-athletes currently participating in all 17 of Missouri State's intercollegiate programs.
The annual Scholar Athlete of the Year Award was presented to the graduating student-athletes holding the highest cumulative grade point averages. The recipients of this year's awards were: male recipient Brandon Weissman, a swimmer majoring in Accounting with a 4.00 grade point average; and co-female recipients in women's soccer standout Laura Ketzer, a 4.00 GPA in Astronomy and Astrophysics; and swimmer Shawna Elsey with a 4.00 GPA and double-majoring in Marketing Research and Logistics & Supply Chain Management. All three recipients will be participate in May commencement on the Springfield campus.
The ceremony also included recognition by the student-athletes of their faculty mentors in attendance for their hard work and dedication to Missouri State's student-athletes. Additional remarks and congratulations were offered by Gloria Galanes, Dean of Missouri State University's College of Arts and Letters.
Significant individual academic achievers were also highlighted, including MVC Elite 18 Award recipients Alex Jefferson (baseball) and Brianne Dixon (volleyball). Missouri Valley Conference President's Council Academic Excellence Awards were also bestowed on six MSU performers, Jefferson, Shelby Harris (football), Phil Woods (men's soccer), Ketzer, Elsey, and Savannah Aleckson (cross country/track).
Likewise, the Mid-American Conference recognized two MSU student-athletes with MAC Presidential Awards for graduating seniors with a 3.50 cumulative GPA or higher with Weissman and field hockey standout Megan Drew.
Seventeen student-athletes were recognized as Dr. Bruce Johnson Scholars -- those individuals who have been recognized at the Maroon and White Banquet all four years: Savannah Aleckson, Miguel Davila, Megan Drew, Shawna Elsey, Josh Finch, Shelby Harris, Alex Jefferson, Uvis Kalnins, Laura Ketzer, Tyler McCullough, Onye Osemenam, Lauren Pavel, Alexis Skiniotes, Bethany Sullinger, Brandon Weissman, Phil Woods, Carly Wright.
The final honor of the night, The Highest Team GPA Awards, were presented to the Missouri State men's swimming and diving team (3.45 GPA) and softball (3.63 GPA) programs.
The complete list of individual honorees by sport is as follows:
Jack Duffy, Logan Geha, Alex Jefferson, Jordan Knutson, Drew Millas, Danny Rowley, Landan Ruff, Ryan Skalnik, Ben Whetstone.
Field Hockey (12)
Megan Drew, Marina Ellison, Feli Heinzel, Bianca Mills, Kathryn Mirbaha, Paige Pashea, Brynne Satre, Alexa Simpson, Lizzie Slinkard, Andrea Soler Codina, Emily Tran, Liz Young.
Jared Beshore, Charles Carter, Gus Carter, Alex Coffin, Dylan Cole, Zach Drake, Gary Ernest, Erik Furmanek, Sam Hall, Gerard Harker, Shelby Harris, Brock Hughes, Skyler Hulse, Nick Masoner, Ty McDuffey, Casey O'Brien, Brad Pryor, Lemond Singleton, Anthony Upchurch.
Men's Basketball (3)
Tyler McCullough, Austin Ruder, Robin Thompson.
Men's Golf (7)
Brad Carpenter, Kory Franks, John Fuchs, John Knoesel, Lukas McCalla, Christopher Obert, Brian Rogers.
Men's Soccer (15)
Tucker Brown, Michael Creek, Josh Finch, Ugo Galtier, Kyle Hiebert, Ian Jones, Dakota Karns, Scott Midgley, Rob Oslica, Liam Priestley, Jordy Robins, David Stoll, Tyler Swanner, Stuart Wilkin, Phil Woods.
Men's Swimming & Diving (16)
Bryce Blattner, Canaan Campbell, Kacper Cwiek, Miguel Davila Penaloza, William Frisbie, Christopher Heye, Thomas Heye, Uvis Kalnins, Minki Kang, Michael Mollak, Artur Osvath, Samuel Senn, Uldis Tazans, Nicholas Theunissen, Brandon Weissman, Phillip Willett.
Allie Alvstad, Kaitlin Beason, Dorian Frost, Morgan Greenlee, Erin Griesbauer, Hannah Heinrichs, Darby Joerling, Sara Jones, Holly Kelley, Kyana Mason, Olivia Roark, Bethany Sullinger, Erika Velasquez Zimmer, Hailee Vigneaux, Carsten Warner.
Lauren Boone, Emily Butters, Laynie Dake, Brianne Dixon, Caroline Finnell, Simone House, Gerri Idos, MacKenzie Irwin, Lily Johnson, Daniele Messa, Mikaela Mosquera, Ashley Ophoven, Cambree Villarreal.
Women's Basketball (5)
Liza Fruendt, Danielle Gitzen, Onye Osemenam, Lee Ann Polowy, Alexa Willard.
Women's Golf (6)
Caroline Boone, Ashley Childers, Lindsey Eisenreich, Megan Furnish, Rachel Johnson, Ryan Pate.
Women's Soccer (25)
Molly Brewer, Rachel Catrell, Ashley Coonfield, Mary Disidore, Olina Einarsdottir, Nikki Kerrigan, Laura Ketzer, Millie Kingsbury, Courtney Kolb, Karen Kozol, Emma Lieb, Kaitlin Maxwell, Mayleigh Oder, Alix Opfer, Makenzie Pfeiffer, Brooke Prondzinski, Kayleigh Putnam, Brittney Robinson, Sarah Sabo, Lauren Shadel, Evan Stamp, Masen Stamp, Ashley Tallerine, Sidni Trotter, Brooke Zenner, Brooke Zimmerman.
Women's Swimming & Diving (22)
Sarah Allegri, Haley Allen, Monica Blake, Andi Burroughs, Brooke Dreiling, Shawna Elsey, Hope Ernhart, Cece Etter, Hana Flanagan, Briana Horozewski, Brianna McCullough, Emma Metz, Moriah Moore, Lauren Pavel, Josie Pearson, Ibby Simcox, Alexis Skiniotes, Payton Smith, Loretta Stelnicki, Lauren Williams, Carly Wright, Sydney Zupan.
Women's Tennis (9)
Abbey Belote, Phoebe Boeschen, Alye Darter, Fati Khamissi, Alexia Meyer, Ledia Molina, Maranda Poile, Anelisse Torrico Moreno, Ema Turudija.
Women's Track & Field/Cross Country (20)
Jessica Allen, Savannah Beaver Aleckson, Danielle Bohannon, Betsy Borgsmiller, Grace Breiten, Jordyn Capra, Shavonne Husbands, Alyson Jones, Marissa Kurtimah, Brittany McPike, Megan Nickles, Amber Obermaier, Olivia Ott, Holly Pattie-Belleli, Jade Raynor, Mercedes Robinson, Madeline Saville, Claire Schwarz, Amanthi Silva. Erica Wolmering.