AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) announced its Presidential Honor Roll recipients, with 129 Georgia College student-athletes making the list, one shy of the school record, set last year. The program honors all student-athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the 2014-15 academic year.
For the eighth season, the PBC divided the group into four levels by GPA, as all students between 3.00 and 3.24 are Presidential Scholars, 3.25 to 3.49 are Bronze Scholars, 3.50 to 3.74 are Silver Scholars and 3.75 to 4.00 are Gold Scholars.
Georgia College placed fifth in the 14-member PBC with its 129 recipients. Young Harris College took top honors with 188, edging UNC Pembroke at 179. The University of Montevallo had 156 and Flagler College posted 132. YHC, Montevallo and Flagler each have 14 varsity sports and UNCP has 16, compared to Georgia College's 11.
The 129 ranks second in school history for the Bobcats, ahead of the 109 set in the 2007-08 season. This also marks just the third time the total number of Bobcat honorees has eclipsed the century mark.
Bobcat Soccer had the most with 24 student-athletes on the list. Softball was second with 18, and third-best in ratio of the roster to make the list, getting 90 percent of its 20 players. Third in overall student-athletes listed was baseball with 15. GC Women's Tennis had its entire roster of nine players appear on the academic list, leading the athletic department with a 100 percent ratio. The second-best ratio of 93 percent went to women's cross country, landing 13 of their 14 on the roster. Eight of the 11 varsity sports had at least half of the student-athletes on its roster make this prestigious list. Georgia College had 28 Gold Scholars, 39 Silver Scholars, 33 Bronze Scholars and 29 Presidential Scholars.
A list of the scholars follows, separated by sport:
Baseball : Gold Scholars – Steve Hazel; Silver Scholars – Michael McKinney, Logan Mattix, Sean Brophy; Bronze Scholars – Jack Spear, Nick Grant; Presidential Scholars – Colton Montgomery, Henry Rowland, Jake Sandlin, Clay Ardeeser, John Davis, Brandon Benson, Tanner Giesel, Chris Jones, Conner Alford.
Women's Basketball : Gold Scholars – Kate Palo, Kayla Upchurch, Shanteona Keys, Lindsey Reed; Silver Scholars - Saidat Ogbemudia, Belinda Schaafsma, Enisha Donley, Christina Thomas, Jayla Waller; Bronze Scholars – Alexia Manning; Presidential Scholars – Mckenna Rushton, Hannah Hunter.
Men's Basketball : Silver Scholars – Alex Reid, Ryan Blumenthal, Evyn Smith; Presidential Scholars - Terrell Harris, Chaz Berry.
Women's Cross Country : Gold Scholars – Whitney Sweet, Rebecca Winslow, Abbey Jordan, Brittney Schwind, Maria Boff; Silver Scholars – Rachel Pasko, Meghan Wetterhall, Caroline Williams; Bronze Scholars – Mariah Maring, Madison Stokes; Presidential Scholars – Bekah Houston, Jessica Smith, Katherine Yost.
Men's Cross Country : Gold Scholars – Matt Tippins, Jake Bagwell; Silver Scholars – James Ryden; Bronze Scholars – Matt Sutton, Trevor Turner, Tommy Templeman; Presidential Scholars – Paul McNeil.
Golf : Silver Scholars - Harry Lambert, Nicolas Falkinhoff; Bronze Scholars – Conner Albright, Matias Chiappero, Thomas Knight; Presidential Scholars – Ryan Trocchio, Harrison Stewart.
Soccer : Gold Scholars – Jessica Catapano, Alex Giles, Annie Stephens, Lizzie Brenner, Ally Barys; Silver Scholars – Nicole Moor, Rachel Overley, Kacey McInerney, Liz Franco, Ashley Veilleux, Marissa Medina, Erin Griffin, Rebekah Autry; Bronze Scholars – Morgan Salmon, Maddie Stephens, Meredith Carson, Allyease Schwartz, Jordan Harman, Taylor Cornelius; Presidential Scholars – Sarah Miller, Emily Wilhelm, Sol Baldassini, Lindsey Knott, Abby Dalton.
Softball : Gold Scholars – Abi LeRoy, Baylee Hall, Holland Coursey, Hannah Coursey; Silver Scholars – Kristen Humphries, Marisa Boyette, Becca Olson, Kristen Brooks, Cassidy Rice, Emily Robertson; Bronze Scholars – Frankie Walls, Lacey Najafi, Taylor Campbell, Danielle Bernstein, Shawnda Martin; Presidential Scholars – Faith Flanders, Tatiana Nettles, Jessica Hayles.
Women's Tennis : Gold Scholars – Macy Polk, Cristalei Polk, Jena Kelly; Silver Scholars – Camille Clausse-Pujo, Kristen Jones; Bronze Scholars – Katie Krupp, Hannah Serdinia; Presidential Scholars – Sarah Murray, Emma Niemi.
Volleyball : Gold Scholars – Lauren Johnston, Sydney Stripling, Bailey Freeman, Katie Ray; Silver Scholars – Caroline Ham, Mollie Michel, Chandler Ewaldsen; Bronze Scholars – Ella Anastasiades, Ashley Savransky, Miller Howard, Caroline Long, Blake Willoughby, Danyelle Drummond, Maggie Roper.
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