Annual Student-Athlete Academic Honors Luncheon Held

Annual Student-Athlete Academic Honors Luncheon Held

The University of Mount Olive was proud to hold its annual Academic Honors Luncheon Thursday, April 9 in the Hennesse Room.

Over 30 Student-Athletes were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements. 

The Men's Tennis Team was honored as the team with the highest GPA for both the Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 semesters. The team had a 3.585 in the spring and a 3.689 in the fall semester. Sherzod Akramov, Edgar Bub, Henric Falkenburg, Matt Finnerty, Matheus Ribeiro, Stanley Roffe, Martim Sousa, James Steed, Lauturo Vazquez, and Paul Wiederspahn all had at least over a 3.0 GPA; with two members having a perfect 4.0.

Also honorned were all of the Scholar-Athletes of the Month for this year. To be eligible a student-athlete must be either a junior or senior and enrolled at Mount Olive for at least two semesters. The group average was a 3.6.

September- Aki Kitagawa, Cross Coutry and Emily Shaw, Cross Country
October - Louis Gorman, Soccer and Sarah Robertson, Volleyball
November - Bright Eto, Soccer and Lauren Prott, Soccer
January - Joaquim Cotano Lezcano, Track & Field and Leah Graham, Basketball
February - Jon Williams, Lacrosse and Beth Overman, Softball
March - Ty Wallace, Basketball and Jesus Valderrama, Golf
April - Julie Loennechen, Golf and Jordan Farthing, Baseball

There were 19 National Student-Athlete Day Scholar-Athletes honored for each Mount Olive sport. This is the 28th celebration of NSAD; the day recognizes positive aspects of athletes and academics and student-athlete's contributions to society. Each sport has a student-athlete with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and must be a starter and/or a significant contributor on the team and must also be at least a sophomore. The group holds an average GPA of 3.44.

Baseball – Jordan Farthing

Men's Basketball – Jordan McCain

Women's Basketball – Anamaria Zajcic

Cheerleading – Tabatha Byrd

Men's Cross Country – Austin Steagall

Women’s Cross Country – Kelsey Valentine

Men's Golf - Jesus Valderrama

Women's Golf - Stefany King

Men's Lacrosse - Ross Bowman

Women's Lacrosse - Candace Corkin

Men's Soccer - Fernando Tacuri

Women's Soccer - Christine Rocchio

Softball - Beth Overman

Men's Tennis - Henric Falkenberg

Women's Tennis - Roxanne Chouinard

Men's Track and Field - Aki Kitagawa

Women's Track and Field - Ashley Jansen

Men's Volleyball - Andrew Sydow

Women's Volleyball - Sarah Watkins


A new award was started this year to honor the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA, is a graduating senior, and was not a transfer student. Edgar Bub from Men's Tennis was this year's recipient as he has a 3.93 GPA.