CLEVELAND, Ohio - A record 231 student-athletes, representing all 18 intercollegiate sports sponsored at Cleveland State University, were recognized for their academic accomplishments at the 28th annual John Konstantinos Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon which was held on Thursday afternoon (April 19) in the Henry Goodman Arena in the Wolstein Center.
"This is such a special event for the Department of Athletics and the University," Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said. "It is important to recognize the academic accomplishments of our student-athletes and to see a record 231 honored today speaks volumes about the goals and missions of Cleveland State University."
The 231 student-athletes, representing 69-percent of CSU's student-athlete population, were recognized for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better through the end of the 2017 fall semester.
The cumulative grade point average of all CSU student-athletes is 3.247.
There were a total of 113 first-year honorees, 60 second-year honorees, 35 third-year honorees, 20 fourth-year honorees and three fifth-year honoree.
Several additional awards were handed out at the luncheon.
The "Best of the Best" Team Award, which is given to the sport having the highest team grade point average in the department, went to women's fencing. The team has a cumulative 3.75 grade point average with all six of the team's student-athletes honored at today's luncheon.
Women's swimmer Jamie VanDeweker (Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek) received the President's Award as the graduating senior student-athlete with the highest grade point average. VanDewerker, who sports a 3.98 GPA as a Health Science, Pre-Physical Therapy major, was a four-year letterwinner and owns the school record in the 100 backstroke. She also swam on two record-breaking relay teams.
Women's cross country runner Samantha Butterbaugh (Stoutsville, Ohio/Amanda Clearcreek) received the 18th annual John McLendon Award, which is given to the student-athlete who best represents the ideals and personal philosophy of McLendon, a former CSU men's basketball coach who is an enshrinee in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Women's golfer Sophie Kelner (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) received the John and Sandra Konstantinos's Scholarship, which is presented to the student-athlete who best reflects and embodies the virtues of former CSU Director of Athletics John Konstantinos, including leadership, integrity, perseverance, loyalty and humility.
Softball standout Mackenzie Joecken (Osceola, Ind./Penn) received the Faculty Athletics Representative Award, which is presented to the graduating senior student-athlete who has exhibited the most profound improvement academically from freshman year to graduation.
Since its inception in the Spring of 1991, the Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon has burgeoned from 41 student-athletes honored to the 231 that were honored today.