Eighty Penn State Student-Athletes Earn Fall Academic All-Big Ten Honors

Follow PSU Athletics:    

Dec. 21, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- Eighty Penn State student-athletes have earned Fall Academic All-Big Ten honors, as announced by the conference. The Nittany Lions' total is an increase of eight from their Fall 2014 total of 72.

Fourteen members of Penn State's NCAA Champion women's soccer team earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for Coach Erica Walsh, including Raquel Rodriguez, the NSCAA Scholar Player of the Year, and goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom, who did not allow a goal in the Nittany Lions' six NCAA Championship matches.

Twenty-two members of the Penn State football team earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades, including Matt Baney, Geno Lewis and Angelo Mangiro, who graduated this past weekend, with Mangiro earning a Master's degree.

The men's cross country team had six Academic All-Big Ten honorees, the Big Ten Champion women's cross country squad had seven, field hockey had 10, men's soccer had 12 and women's volleyball had nine, including Megan Courtney and Kendall Pierce, who graduated on Saturday.

Penn State has earned a total of 5,121 Academic All-Big Ten honorees in its 23rd year of full membership in the conference. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten consideration, student-athletes must be letter winners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Last year, Penn State had a total of 277 Academic All-Big Ten honorees, its second-highest total all-time. The school record is 296 honorees, set in 2012-13.

Raquel Rodriguez

Also among Penn State's Academic All-Big Ten honorees were All-American Haleigh Washington (women's volleyball) and Tyler Yazujian (football), both of whom were selected CoSIDA second-team Academic All-Americans. Penn State's 191 all-time CoSIDA Academic All-Americans rank No. 4 among all Division I institutions.

Overall, the Big Ten Conference recognized a total of 1,023 students competing in fall sports who were named to Academic All-Conference. The Conference also awards Academic All-Big Ten distinction in the winter and spring seasons and will present the Distinguished Scholar Award at the end of the academic year.

Penn State student-athletes, who have captured a conference-best 22 Big Ten Championships and six NCAA titles the past three-plus years, consistently are among the nation's most successful in earning their degrees and academic achievement. A sampling of recent academic accomplishments includes:

  • In October, the NCAA reported that Penn State student-athletes continue to graduate well above their peers nationwide, earning outstanding academic performances. The NCAA's annual study of institutions across the nation revealed Penn State student-athletes at the University Park campus earned a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 88 percent compared to the 83 percent average for all Division I institutions for students entering from 2005-06 through the 2008-09 academic year.
  • Penn State's entering 2008-09 freshman class of student-athletes delivered an improvement of three points from the previous year by posting an 80 percent Graduation Success Rate, 13 points above the Division I average of 67 percent, according to the NCAA.
  • Thirty Penn State student-athletes from 10 sports earned their degrees last weekend, bringing the total number of graduates to 176 since December 2014.

Penn State's Fall 2015 Academic All-Big Ten honorees:
Name Year Major Hometown
Men's Cross Country
Glen Burkhardt Sr. Mechanical Engineering Kennett Square, Pa.
William Cather So. Business Administration State College, Pa.
Robby Creese Sr. Mathematics Mount Airy, Md.
Wade Endress Sr. Kinesiology Altoona, Pa.
Conrad Lippert Sr. Finance Middletown, N.J.
Jordan Makins So. Division Of Undergraduate Studies Perth, Australia

Women's Cross Country
Stephanie Aldrich Jr. Mechanical Engineering West Chester, Pa.
Tessa Barrett So. Division of Undergraduate Studies Waverly, Pa.
Elizabeth Chikotas So. Engineering Hellertown, Pa.
Megan Hellman So. Education Rumson, N.J.
Jillian Hunsberger So. Engineering Pittsburgh, Pa.
Greta Lindsley So. Communications Lancaster, Pa.
Cara Ulizio Jr. Supply Chain And Information Systems Redondo Beach, Calif.

Field Hockey
Emily Bruggemeier So. Health And Human Development Hershey, Pa.
Shay Cannon So. Health And Human Development Wilmington, Del.
Carly Celkos Jr. Rehabilitation And Human Services Berlin, N.J.
Emilee Ehret Jr. Political Science Philadelphia, Pa.
Skyler Fretz So. Division Of Undergraduate Studies Oley, Pa.
Kirsten Gochnauer Jr. Biobehavioral Health Mount Jay, Pa.
Delani Higgins So. Division Of Undergraduate Studies Hummelstown, Pa.
Stephanie Hussey Sr. Recreation, Park And Tourism Management Miami, Fla.
Haley Kerstetter Sr. Advertising/Public Relations Selinsgrove, Pa.
Kasandra Morano So. Education Hammonton, N.J.

Mark Allen So. Division Of Undergraduate Studies Hyattsville, Md.
Matt Baney Sr. Kinesiology State College, Pa.
Saeed Blacknall So. Division Of Undergraduate Studies Manalapan, N.J.
Kyle Carter Sr. Recreation, Park And Tourism Management Newark, Del.
Jordan Dudas Sr. Kinesiology Lake City, Pa.
Brian Gaia Sr. Management Pasadena, Md.
Mike Gesicki So. Communications Manahawkin, N.J.
Chris Godwin So. Communications Middletown, Del.
Chris Gulla Jr. Finance Toms River, N.J.
Jack Haffner Sr. Accounting State College, Pa.
Grant Haley So. Communications Mableton, Ga.
Albert Hall Sr. Supply Chain And Information Systems Warwick, N.Y.
DaeSean Hamilton Jr. Advertising/Public Relations Fredericksburg, Va.
Colin Harrop Sr. Management Sinking Spring, Pa.
Ben Kline Sr. International Affairs Seven Valleys, Pa.
Geno Lewis Sr. Human Development And Family Studies Pittston, Pa.
Angelo Mangiro Sr. Curriculum And Instruction Succasunna, N.J.
Trace McSorley So. Division Of Undergraduate Studies Ashburn, Va.
Andrew Nelson Jr. Kinsiology Hershey, Pa.
Daniel Pasquariello So. Economics Melbourne, Australia
Troy Reeder So. Division Of Undergraduate Studies Hockessin, Del.
Dominic Salomone Sr. Kinsiology Dillsburg, Pa.
Tyler Yazujian Sr. Security And Risk Analysis Royersford, Pa.

Men's Soccer
Samuel Bollinger Jr. Science State College, Pa.
Malik Cameron Jr. Journalism Bronx, N.Y.
Ryan Gallagher So. Division Of Undergraduate Studies Pine Bush, N.Y.
Michael Gonzalez Sr. Economics Berwyn, Pa.
Riley Grant Jr. Labor Studies And Employment Relations Copley, Ohio
Brian James Sr. Communication Arts And Sciences Sunrise, Fla
Christian Kaschak Sr. Kinsiology York, Pa.
Mason Klerks Jr. Science Corona, Calif.
Drew Klingenberg Sr. Marketing Gibsonia, Pa.
Kyle MacDonald Sr. Architectural Engineering Yardley, Pa.
Dani Marks So. Communications Ra'anana, Israel
Daniel Sheerin Sr. Supply Chain And Information Systems College Park, Md.

Women's Soccer
Brittany Basinger So. Kinesiology Purcellville, Va.
Rosemary Chandler So. Division Of Undergraduate Studies Atlanta, Ga.
Antoinette Chase Sr. Animal Science Wayne, Pa.
Isabelle Clauss So. Science Clarks Summit, Pa.
Frances Crouse So. Communications Jeannette, Pa.
Haleigh Echard So. Education Lebanon, Pa.
Britt Eckerstrom Sr. Geography Boyds, Md.
Madeline Elliston So. Health And Human Development Omaha, Neb.
Emily Ogle So. Health And Human Development Strongsville, Ohio
Megan Ritchey Sr. Communication Arts And Sciences State College, Pa.
Raquel Rodriguez Sr. Recreation, Park And Tourism Management San Jose, Costa Rica
Megan Schafer So. Education Langhorne, Pa.
Liisi Vink-Lainas So. Engineering Wynantskill, N.Y.
Mallory Weber Sr. Recreation, Park And Tourism Management Northville, Mich
Women's Volleyball
Lara Caraway Sr. Kinesiology Evans City, Pa.
Megan Courtney Sr. Kinsiology Dayton, Ohio
Taylor Krause Jr. Childhood And Early Adolescent Education Allentown, Pa.
Carley Muller Jr. Advertising/Public Relations Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Kendall Pierce Sr. Health Policy And Administration Eden, N.Y.
Lainy Pierce So. Advertising/Public Relations Eden, N.Y.
Nia Reed So. Communications Fort Lee, N.J.
Heidi Thelen So. Biobehavioral Health Edgewood, Ky.
Haleigh Washington So. Philosophy Colorado Springs, Colo