Posted: Aug 23, 2013 5:46 PM by MTN News
CLEVELAND - With a new academic year just around the corner, Montana State University Billings had 46 student-athletes named recipients of the 2012-13 Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) Academic Achievement Awards. The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division 2 level.
"We're very proud of these student-athletes for this prestigious honor," MSUB Athletic Director Krista Montague said. "To have 46 well-deserving student-athletes recognized for this honor means a lot. This goes right along with our women's athletic teams having the best GPA in the conference for the second straight year, capping off a fantastic year in the classroom."
A record number of institutions (171) and student-athletes (6,922) are being recognized for the 2012-13 Academic Achievement Awards. In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division 2 institution must be a current dues paying member of the D2ADA.
Also, the student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work, and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year.
Last year, 29 Yellowjackets were named to the list. This year's total matches the 2011 amount of student-athletes on list. Mary Owen, Drew Galahan, Brooke Tolman, Kristen Kastelic, Jennifer Larsen, Adrienne Biglow were all named recipients for the third straight year. MSU Billings' student-athletes that were named to the list for the second straight year include; Taylor Adams, Leah Berry, Keri Clump, Renae Hepfner, Bobbi Knudsen, Amanda Milliard, Lewis Polkow, Adam Prevost, Janae Remsberg, and Melissa Saken.
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Association had 759 student-athletes honored, a record-high for the program, followed by the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) with 653 student-athletes being recognized and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) with 635 student-athletes being acknowledged with this award.
A full list of the Yellowjacket student-athlete recipients is below: