Tennessee State University had 45 student-athletes honored by the Ohio Valley Conference on Thursday afternoon. eight current and former student-athletes garnered Medals of Honor, while 45 were named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Medals of Honor are granted to student-athletes who possess at 4.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Student-athletes garner Commissioner's Honor Roll accolades by posting a 3.25 GPA or higher and by remaining eligible during the competitive season of his or her sport.
In total, 1,064 OVC athletes were tabbed for the Commissioner's Honor Roll, while 176 gained Medal of Honor distinction.
"We are proud of the accomplishments of our student-athletes academic success in the classroom," said Dr. Johnnie Smith, TSU's Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services. "We congratulate all of the student-athletes for this great honor. Next year, we look forward to adding more student-athletes to this prestigious award."
Tennis had the most Medal of Honor winners as Shaun Ingram, Melynda Simmons and Lawrence Washington all posted 4.0 GPAs. Susanne Burke (softball), Cierra Joshua (women's track & field) and Jamie Pierce (women's golf) also garnered a Medal of Honor.
Former TSU quarterback Jeremy Perry accepted the Medal of Honor. Earlier this year, Perry was named a finalist for the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Male Athlete Award.
Softball and men's track & field led TSU with a total of 15 Commissioner's Honor Roll selections. The TSU softball program boasted eight student-athletes on the list, while the Flying Tigers added seven this past academic year.
These honors reflect the 2011-12 academic year. There were five student-athletes that both earned Medal of Honor and Commissioner's Honor Roll awards.
MEDAL OF HONOR WINNERS (8)
Susanne Burke - Softball
Brittany Davis - Softball
Shaun Ingram - Men's Tennis
Cierra Joshua - Women's Track & Field
Jeremy Perry - Football
Jamie Pierce - Women's Golf
Melynda Simmons - Women's Tennis
Lawrence Washington - Men's Tennis
COMMISSIONER'S HONOR ROLL
Men's Basketball (2)
Women's Basketball (4)
Men's Golf (2)
Women's Golf (3)
Men's Tennis (4)
Women's Tennis (2)
Men's Track & Field (7)
Women's Track & Field (3)
Women's Volleyball (5)
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