Fourteen Chippewas Earn MAC Academic Distinction

April 15, 2016 Andy Sneddon,

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Fourteen Central Michigan student-athletes were named a Distinguished Scholar Athlete by the Mid-American Conference for the 2015-16 winter sports season.

Those 14 join a list of 202 representing the 12 MAC institutions, the ‘best of the best’ as selected by faculty athletic representatives at each school.

The Distinguished Scholar Athlete is a second-year award given to student-athletes who have excelled in athletics and academics. Any student-athlete with a 3.20 GPA and participation in at least 50 percent of his or her team’s competitions is automatically named Academic All-MAC in his or her sport.  

From the Academic All-MAC Teams, the faculty athletic representatives selected the ‘best of the best’ for the Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award. First-year students, junior college and graduate school transfers in their first year of residence were not eligible for the award.

The Chippewas who earned the award, listed by sport, with hometown, year, grade point average and major:

Gymnastics: Taylor Bolender, Akron, Ohio, senior, 3.27, exercise science; Katy Clements, Gainsville, Ga., sophomore, 3.21, marketing; Bryttany Kaplan, Parker, Colo., sophomore, 3.92, commercial recreation; Megan Lamphere, Lapeer, senior, 3.71, therapeutic recreation.

Men’s basketball: Chris Fowler, Southfield, senior, 3.47, theatre arts; John Simons, Cadillac, senior, 3.40, accounting.

Men’s indoor track and field: Dylan Banagis, Grand Rapids, junior, 3.88, entrepreneurship; Silas DeKalita, Clio, junior, 3.75, economics.

Women’s indoor track and field: Michaela Bundy, Mount Pleasant, junior, 3.75, physical education and school health education; Rebekah Petty, Greenville, Pa., sophomore, 3.88, exercise science – kinesiology; Kelly Schubert, Freesoil, junior, 3.93, exercise science – kinesiology; McKenzie Wieber, Westphalia, sophomore, 3.98, therapeutic recreation.

Wrestling: Zach Horan, Nazareth, Pa., senior, 3.85, master’s of science, leadership; Corey Keener, Schuylkill Haven, Pa., junior, 3.23, physical education.

It is the second-consecutive year that Banagis, Fowler, Schubert and Simons have been recognized by the MAC as a Distinguished Scholar Athlete.
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