Nashville, Tenn. – On Thursday, 41 Tennessee State student-athletes were awarded either the Ohio Valley Conference’s Academic Medal of Honor or made the Commissioner’s Honor Roll as announced by the league’s office.
The Medal of Honor is given annually to the student-athlete who achieves the highest grade point average in a Conference-sponsored sport while those on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll must have achieved at least a 3.25 grade point average and have been eligible and on the team throughout the competitive season in their chosen NCAA-sponsored sport(s) and used a season of competition.
Among those who won the Medal of Honor representing TSU were Chelsea Marlin and Sarah Needleman of the women’s golf team who received the honor by accumulating perfect 4.0 GPAs during the year.
In fact, 2013 marked the fifth year in a row a new record has been set. Every Medal of Honor recipient carried a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the year.
Also chosen for the medal is Jasmine Owens from women’s track and field and Shawneis Jones of volleyball.
For the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Tashan Fredrick and Patrick Miller of men’s basketball were tabbed, as well as Simone Hopes, Chelsea Hudson, Avery Jones, Brianna Lawrence and Denisha Mumford on the women’s side.
Kadeem Edwards, John Williams, Devin Wilson and Aaron Woods made the list from the TSU football squad and Matt Campbell, Dallas Hill, Shane Sampair and Cameron Scitern were picked from men’s golf.
Also selected were Kelly Merkel from women’s golf, Jennifer Givens, Ashley Haynes and Tayler Shimizu from softball, Jared Asher and Daniel Bernal from men’s tennis and Attallah Eiland and London Thomas from the women’s tennis team.
Donnie Johnson, Jalon McCutcheon, Kareem Nicholas and Jonathon Owens made the Honor Roll from men’s track, while Latia Carney, Andrea Fenderson, Charita Harris, Cierra Joshua, Jasmine Owens and Sharmil Whyatt represented the women’s track and field team.
Rounding out the TSU winners were Emilie Sandve Aase, Brittany Bunch, Britani Hathorn, Jordan Piper and Calasia Willaims from the volleyball team.
Including all 12 teams from the OVC, the 209 Medal of Honor winners are the most in the history of the award, surpassing the record of 178 set last year (2011-12) and the 1,224 student-athletes on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll broke the old mark of 1,063 made a season ago.