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Southeast Missouri leads the OVC in individual academic awards

Aug. 11, 2003

Cape Girardeau, Mo. - For the third straight year, Southeast Missouri State University leads the Ohio Valley Conference in Medal of Honor winners. The OVC Medal of Honor is given annually to the student-athlete who achieves the highest grade point average in a conference-sponsored sport.

Southeast had 12 Medal of Honor winners followed by Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee-Martin with 11 apiece.

All of the Southeast honorees had a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the 2002-2003 school year. The Southeast winners included Derek Winans, men's basketball; Brian Whitehead, men's cross country; Jennifer Burke, Kim Krieger, Kris Woolf and Emily Zimmerman, women's cross country; Matt Boyack, football; Jen Cross and Lauren Fabbro, soccer; Kay Ehlke, tennis; Whitehead, men's track and field; Burke, Krieger, Laura VanHoevelaak, Woolf and Zimmerman, women's track and field and EmilyWahlman volleyball.

A total of 72 athletes in 18 sports received Medals of Honor. The league also announced the Commissioner's Honor Roll which honors all OVC athletes with a 3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average. Southeast had 95 named to the honor roll with women's track and field having the highest number of honorees with 16.

Southeast athletes honored include Joey Pilcher and Ryan Sehnert, baseball; John Boggio, Brett Hale and Winans, men's basketball; Tanya Guell, Shannon Proffit, Tiffanne Ryan and Carina Souza, women's basketball; Chad Sierman and Whitehead, men's cross country; Colleen Burke, Jennifer Burke, Krieger, Kaci Pilcher, Woolf, Lindsay Zeiler and Zimmerman, women's cross country; Alex Alameda, Dan Bieg, Boyack, Lee Freeman, Chris Halstead, Cal Jillson, Derek Kutz, Chuck McElroy, Mike Miller and Kellin White, football; Brandon Couch, Kent Phillips and Nathan Sprague, golf; Stephanie Bleau, Cross, Fabbro, Marla Gianino, Erin Hartmann, Valerie Henderson, Mary Kalinowski, Diana Poovey, Erin Slattery, Amanda Wrzos and Julie Wunderlich, soccer; Jamie Birk, Kelly Birk, Kathryn Cerneka, Marie Coode, Katie Hacker, Jessica Hunter, Leigh Ann Lunsford, Amy Murphy, Brooke Nett, Kemi Rampi, Amy Thompson and Melissa VanValkinburgh, softball; Adrea Aldana, Ehlke, Julie Jarrell and Amanda Walker, tennis; James Heddell, Daniel Jones, Steve Musial, Brandon Myer, Sierman and Whitehead, men's track and field; Colleen Burke, Jennifer Burke, Meleisa Greene, Courtney Haman, Michele Jett, Krieger, Lindsey Meyr, Pilcher, Megan Rosenkoetter, Lori Sarantakis, Van Hoevelaak, Brooke Woodruff, Woolf, Youse, Zeiler and Zimmerman, women's track and field; Bobbi Carlile, Kristen Clark, Sarah Frost, Suzanne Gundlach, Jill Miller, Emily Scannell and Wahlman, volleyball and Kelly Baldridge, Tara Boldt, Amy Cole, Talia Cover, Jacklyn Doebbler, Crystal Eberhardt, Amanda Grimes and Tiffany Hatfield, gymnastics.


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