Twenty-Three Terps Named B1G Distinguished Scholars

July 09, 2015 | WNST Staff

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Twenty-Three Terps Named B1G Distinguished Scholars

 

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday that 23 Maryland students competing in intercollegiate athletics have earned the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award. The list includes students from men’s basketball, field hockey, football, women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, softball, women’s tennis, track & field, volleyball and wrestling programs who have recorded a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year.

The 2014-15 class of Distinguished Scholar Award recipients includes three students who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during the previous academic term, including Zoe Stukenberg (women’s lacrosse), Nikki Chung (gymnastics) and Olga Bredikhina (women’s tennis). This group of honorees is pursuing diverse fields of study with a list of majors that include neurobiology and physiology, biological sciences, chemical engineering, finance, journalism, kinesiology, studio art and several others.

Big Ten Faculty Representatives established the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2008 to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Similar to the Academic All-Big Ten honor, Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution. However, the Distinguished Scholar Award encompasses only students with a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year, excluding summer school. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for a student’s academic career. A total of 770 Big Ten students were tabbed to the list.

Name

Sport

Major

Hometown

Varun Ram

Men’s Basketball

Neurobiology And Physiology

Clarksville, Md.

Sarah Sprink

Field Hockey

Communication

Neuss, Germany

P.J. Gallo

Football

Finance

Holland, Pa.

Adam Greene

Football

Finance

Arnold, Md.

Nikki Chung

Women’s Gymnastics

Letter & Sciences

Perth, Australia

Sarah Faller

Women’s Gymnastics

Studio Art

Raleigh, N.C.

Shannon Skochko

Women’s Gymnastics

Biological Sciences

Perkiomenville, Pa.

Michael McCarney

Men’s Lacrosse

Finance

Dallas, Texas

Megan Douty

Women’s Lacrosse

Kinesiology

Fair Haven, N.J.

Alexandra McKay

Women’s Lacrosse

Computer Science

Ellicott City, Md.

Zoe Stukenberg

Women’s Lacrosse

Biological Sciences

Ellicott City, Md.

Caroline Wannen

Women’s Lacrosse

Accounting

Silver Spring, Md.

Alex Anthony

Women’s Soccer

Sociology

Littleton, Colo.

Rachelle Beanlands

Women’s Soccer

Biological Sciences/Environmental Science

Ottawa, Ontario

Sarah Fichtner

Women’s Soccer

Psychology

Toms River, N.J.

Shade Pratt

Women’s Soccer

Individual Studies

Rosemount, Minn.

Kaitlyn Schmeiser

Softball

Studio Art

Dunkirk, Md.

Nataliya Bredikhina

Women’s Tennis

French Language And Literature

Moscow, Russia

Olga Bredikhina

Women’s Tennis

French Language And Literature

Moscow, Russia

Myah Hicks

Women’s Track & Field

Kinesiology

Alexandria, Va.

Catherine Sheffo

Women’s Track & Field

Journalism

Dubois, Pa.

Emily Fraik

Women’s Volleyball

Chemical Engineering

Wyoming, Ohio

Joshua Polacek

Wrestling

Biological Sciences

Johnstown, Pa.