Sunrise hightlights spring blossoms behind the Spartan statue. (PHOTO:  MSU SID)
Sunrise hightlights spring blossoms behind the Spartan statue. (PHOTO: MSU SID)

East Lansing, Mich. - The Big Ten Conference announced on Tuesday that 1,143 students competing in intercollegiate athletics have earned the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award. The list includes students from all 14 institutions and 38 different sports who have recorded a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year.

Big Ten Faculty Representatives established the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2008 to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must be a recipient of Academic All-Big Ten Recognition in the previous academic year, must have been enrolled fulltime at the institution for the entire previous academic year (two semesters or three quarters) and earned a minimum GPA of 3.70 or better during the previous academic year, excluding any summer grades. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for a student's academic career. MSU had 114 student-athletes recognized, the second-most among conference schools, trailing only Ohio State (129).

The 2017-18 class of Distinguished Scholar Award recipients includes at least 190 students who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during the previous academic term.

The MSU student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA were baseball seniors Keegan Baar, Dan Chmielewski and Kory Young, men's golf senior Michael Sharp, men's swimming & diving sophomores Nehemiah Mork and Scott Piper, men's cross country/track & field freshman Luke Beauchamp, men's tennis senior Michael Dube, women's rowing seniors Nicole Marek and Rebecca Uebele, women's golf seniors Greer Clausen and Logan Otter, gymnastics senior Anna Gamelo, softball senior Kristina Zalewski, women's soccer sophomore Julia Crowe, women's swimming & diving juniors Cathryn Armstrong and Courtney Aycock and sophomores Taylor Arnold and Elise Turke, women's cross country/track & field senior Carlyn Arteaga, juniors Annie Fuller and Andrea Pangori and sophomore Emily Steffke, women's tennis senior Lexi Baylis and volleyball senior Rachel Minarick and juniors Samantha McLean and Lauren Swartz.

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