Eighty-Three Student-Athletes Earn Fall Academic All-Big Ten Honors

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Maggie Harding

Maggie Harding

Dec. 18, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; December 18, 2013 - Eighty-three Penn State student-athletes from seven Fall teams have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, the Nittany Lions' second-highest number of honorees in the Fall. Included in the total are four Nittany Lion student-athletes with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

Penn State's four honorees with a 4.0 GPA led all Big Ten institutions, with Michigan State and Wisconsin next with three. The Nittany Lions from fall teams with a 4.0 GPA are: senior women's volleyball player Maggie Harding (State College), a food science major; sophomore field hockey player Haley Kerstetter (Selinsgrove), a communications major; junior women's cross country runner Katie Rodden (Ardmore), a kinesiology major and graduate student football All-American John Urschel (State College, Pa.), a mathematics major.

Head coach Bill O'Brien's football team garnered 24 Academic All-Big Ten honorees while head coach Erica Walsh's women's soccer squad had 14. The field hockey team, under the guidance of Char Morett, had 12 honorees and Beth Alford-Sullivan's women's cross country had 11. Coach Russ Rose's women's volleyball team had nine honorees as did Bob Warming's men's soccer squad. Alford-Sullivan's men's cross country squad had four honorees for Penn State's total of 83.

Now in its 21st year of full membership in the Big Ten, Penn State has had a total of 4,560 Academic All-Big Ten honorees through this Fall.

John Urschel


The academic honors come amidst another outstanding fall sports season that concludes this weekend, with the No. 2 women's volleyball team playing host Washington in the NCAA semifinals Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The NCAA Championship match is Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

The field hockey, men's soccer and women's volleyball teams captured Big Ten Championships this fall, giving Penn State 16 Big Ten titles in the past 2 ½ years and 84 all-time. The women's cross country, field hockey, men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball teams all competed in their respective NCAA Championships and the football team beat No. 14 Wisconsin in its season finale to finish with a 7-5 mark.

The Big Ten recognized a total of 869 fall sports student-athletes from the Conference's 12 member institutions. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

The NCAA's annual study of institutions nationwide revealed in October, 2013 that Penn State student-athletes at the University Park campus earned a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 88 percent compared to an 81 percent average for all Division I institutions for students entering from 2003-04 through 2006-07. The NCAA data showed the four-year federal graduation rate average for Penn State student-athletes was 78 percent, significantly higher than the national average of 65 percent, and tied for second among Big Ten Conference institutions.

FIELD HOCKEY (12)
Katie Andrews Jr. Agricultural And Extension Education Lancaster, Pa.
Katie Breneman Jr. Recreation, Park And Tourism Management Washington Boro, Pa.
Amanda Dinunzio Jr. Spanish State College, Pa.
Abby Fuhrman Sr. Recreation, Park And Tourism Management Bainbridge, Pa.
Laura Gebhart Jr. Community, Environment, And Development Mount Joy, Pa.
Brittany Grzywacz Sr. Recreation, Park And Tourism Management State College, Pa.
Taylor Herold Jr. Recreation, Park And Tourism Management Fredericksburg, Va.
Jacqueline Kenney Sr. Advertising/Public Relations State College, Pa.
Haley Kerstetter So. Communications Selinsgrove, Pa.
Ashtin Klingler Sr. Kinesiology Selinsgrove, Pa.
Lauren Purvis Sr. Kinesiology Maple Glen, Pa.
Whitney Reddig Sr. Rehabilitation and Human Services Lititz, Pa.
FOOTBALL (24)
Brad Bars Jr. Finance Nashville, Tenn.
Kyle Baublitz Sr. Secondary Education York, Pa.
Glenn Carson Sr. Labor Studies And Employment Relations Manahawkin, N.J.
Kyle Carter So. Kinesiology Newark, Del.
Jesse Della Valle Jr. Advertising/Public Relations Pittsburgh, Pa.
Miles Dieffenbach Jr. Advertising/Public Relations Pittsburgh, Pa.
Sam Ficken Jr. Finance Valparaiso, Ind.
Brian Gaia Fr. Division Of Undergraduate Studies Pasadena, Md.
Garry Gilliam Sr. Management Carlisle, Pa.
Albert Hall Fr. Business Administration Warwick, N.Y.
Ty Howle Gr. Health Policy And Administration Wake Forest, N.C.
Mike Hull Jr. Finance Canonsburg, Pa.
Ryan Keiser Jr. Kinesiology Selinsgrove, Pa.
Alex Kenney Sr. Communication Arts And Sciences State College, Pa.
Ben Kline So. Finance York, Pa.
Matt Lehman Gr. Educational Leadership Newport, Pa.
Eugene Lewis Fr. Health and Human Development Pittston, Pa.
Akeel Lynch Fr. Division Of Undergraduate Studies Toronto, Ontario
Angelo Mangiro So. Criminology Succassunna, N.J.
Carl Nassib So. Biology West Chester, Pa.
Stephen Obeng-Agyapong Sr. Security And Risk Analysis Bronx, N.Y.
Deron Thompson So. Energy, Business And Finance Lititz, Pa.
John Urschel Gr. Mathematics Williamsville, N.Y.
Nyeem Wartman Fr. Division Of Undergraduate Studies Jessup, Pa.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY (4)
Robby Creese Jr. Mathematics Mount Airy, Md.
Matt Fischer Sr. Marketing Kennett Square, Pa.
Conrad Lippert So. Division Of Undergraduate Studies Middletown, N.J.
Nick Scarpello Sr. Advertising/Public Relations Jamison, Pa.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY (11)
Leigha Anderson Jr. Labor Studies And Employment Relations Carlisle, Pa.
Abbie Benson Jr. Nutritional Sciences Elma, N.Y.
Rachel Casciano Jr. Advertising/Public Relations Wyomissing, Pa.
Gabrielle Cocco Sr. Journalism Allentown, Pa.
Emily Giannotti Gr. Counselor Education Coudersport, Pa.
Marta Klebe Sr. Supply Chain And Information Systems Chesterbrook, Pa.
Danielle Kocjancic Sr. Communication Sciences And Disorders Kane, Pa.
Lauren Mills Jr. Nutritional Sciences West Chester, Pa.
Gwenn Porter Sr. Kinesiology Clearfield, Pa.
Katie Rodden Jr. Kinesiology Ardmore, Pa.
Sarah Jane Underwood Fr. Division Of Undergraduate Studies Alexandria, Va.
MEN'S SOCCER (9)
Randy Falk So. Marketing Tewksbury Twp., N.J.
Christian Kaschak Jr. Kinesiology York, Pa.
Drew Klingenberg So. Business Administration Gibsonia, Pa.
Kyle MacDonald Jr. Architectural Engineering Yardley, Pa.
Matthew Mayewski So. Division Of Undergraduate Studies Belle Mead, N.J.
Mike Robinson Jr. Engineering Lansdale, Pa.
Danny Sheerin Jr. Supply Chain And Information Systems College Park, Md.
Grant Warming Sr. Economics Omaha, Neb.
Andrew Wolverton Jr. Management Atlanta, Ga.
WOMEN'S SOCCER (14)
Kori Chapic Jr. Architectural Engineering Novelty, Ohio
Antoinette Chase So. Agriculture Wayne, Pa.
Britt Eckerstrom So. Geography Boyds, Md.
Alexis Golestani Fr. Earth Sciences Belle Mead, N.J.
Maya Hayes Sr. Kinesiology West Orange, N.J.
Emily Hurd Jr. Higher Education Sammamish, Wash.
Meghan Kaminski So. Division Of Undergraduate Studies Doylestown, Pa.
Erin Kehoe Sr. Communication Arts And Sciences Crystal Lake, Ill.
Kindrah Kohne Jr. Marketing Fayetteville, N.Y.
Alexandra Marton Sr. Communication Arts And Sciences Aurora, Ontario
Corey Persson So. Division Of Undergraduate Studies Danvers, Mass.
Mallory Peterson So. Bioengineering Clinton Corners, N.Y.
Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno So. Recreation, Park And Tourism Management San Jose, Costa Rica
Taylor Schram Sr. Psychology Canonsburg, Pa.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL (9)
Megan Courtney So. Health and Human Development Dayton, Ohio
Lacey Fuller Jr. Journalism Cardiff, Calif.
Nia Grant Jr. Communication Arts And Sciences State College, Pa.
Marggie Harding Sr. Food Science State College, Pa.
Maddie Martin Sr. Journalism Tampa, Fla.
Deja McClendon Sr. Journalism Louisville, Ky.
Kendall Pierce So. Health Policy And Administration Eden, N.Y.
Ariel Scott Sr. Advertising/Public Relations Ridgewood, N.J.
Katie Slay Sr. Communication Sciences And Disorders Raleigh, N.C.
*BOLD indicates 4.0 GPA
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