45 TSU Student-Athletes Honored by Ohio Valley Conference
Thursday, July 26, 2012
45 TSU Student-Athletes Honored by Ohio Valley Conference

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.


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


Men's Basketball (2)
Chris Conner
Patrick Miller

Women's Basketball (4)
Rachel Allen
Kim Haynes
Chelsea Hudson
Avery Jones

Football (5)
Justin Bather
Sherman Carter
Jeremy Perry
Nick Thrasher
Lamar Wallace

Men's Golf (2)
Cameron Scitern
James Stepp

Women's Golf (3)
Bria Norris
Jamie Pierce
Sara Shoufler

Softball (8)
Devin Amar
Susanne Burke
Brittany Davis
Jennifer Givens
Ashley Haynes
Kelly Troglin
Tayler Shimizu
Aisha Walker

Men's Tennis (4)
Jared Asher
Shaun Ingram
James Shelton
Lawrence Washington

Women's Tennis (2)
Melynda Simmons
Khadijah Williams

Men's Track & Field (7)
Alex Griffin
Osafa Hippolyte
Sean Jenkins
Donnie Johnson
Julian Mallory
Jonathan Owens
Markeith Price

Women's Track & Field (3)
Cierra Joshua
Carolyn Petway
Diera Taylor

Women's Volleyball (5)
Rachel Ambroch
Jamie Cooper
Brittani Hathorn
Rebecca Moudree
Shaquita Williams