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Thursday, August 26, 2004
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State University has received the third place award for one of the Ohio Valley Conference's most prestigious honors, the OVC Academic Achievement Banner, for the 2003-04 year. In addition, TSU placed 41 athletes on the Commissioner's Honor Roll. The OVC Academic Achievement Banner is given annually to the school whose student-athletes have the highest combined grade point average as compared to the average for the entire full-time undergraduate student body. TSU, which won the award in 2000-01, had another strong showing to finish behind Jacksonville State and Austin Peay this year. As part of the award, TSU, Jacksonville State and Austin Peay will receive monetary donations to their student-athlete academic enhancement programs. The funds, provided by Aeropostale, Inc., total $4,000 with TSU receiving $1,000. In addition to the Academic Acheievement Banner, the OVC also announced its individual awards for 2003-04. The TSU women's cross county, women's track, and football teams all had seven athletes each named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll while the softball squad had six players honored. 2003-04 OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE COMMISSIONER'S HONOR ROLL TENNESSEE STATE WINNERS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Zekeya Anderson Kasheena Powe WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY Porsche Buckner Ashley Byrd Tiana Daniels Rae'ven Richard Dairanetta Spain Anniece Spencer Juanita Thomas FOOTBALL Kim DeLarge Kevin Hollis Aaron Mars Bryson Rosser Ahmed Safeullah Tewann Tepper Terrell Tepper MEN'S GOLF Jordan Roberts Phillip Watkins WOMEN'S GOLF Morgan Brown Leslie Scarborough Nicole Winn SOFTBALL Misty Adifield Tarah Evanisko Shannon Hicks Sabrina Smiley Catriona Smith Joy Thompson WOMEN'S TENNIS Martene Fair Melanie Whiting WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD Porsche Buckner Ashley Byrd Tiana Daniels Rae'ven Richard Dairanetta Spain Anniece Spencer Juanita Thomas WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL Catherine Armwood Jade Cabell Jennifer Corral Krystie Kaukola Shelby Meyers