July 15, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Thirty-nine Wildcats from 14 of Northwestern's varsity programs have been named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars, announced today (July 15) by the conference office.
The award, in its second year of existence, was established by the Big Ten Faculty Representatives 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 new award encompasses only student-athletes 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 their academic career.
Three Wildcats, junior Colleen Antas of women's soccer, graduate student Adam Hahn of football and junior Annie Reihman of cross country, were specially recognized for carrying 4.0 GPAs over the past year.
The full list of 39 Wildcats -- which is two more than won the award last year -- is as follows:
Colleen Antas, women's soccer Jr. Spanish/Human Development and Psychological Services Wheaton, Ill.
Alexandra Arkin, women's fencing Jr. Journalism Elm Grove, Wis.
Meredith Baskies, women's fencing Sr. Communication Studies Lynnfield, Mass.
Ariel Baxterbeck, volleyball Sr. Environmental Studies/Psychology Menlo Park, Calif.
Kerry Bickford, women's fencing So. Undeclared Basking Ridge, N.J.
Courtney Coburn, field hockey Sr. Psychology Upper Arlington, Ohio
Elizabeth Dobbs, field hockey Sr. Communication Studies/Psychology Wellesley, Mass.
Rachel Edwards, cross country So. Engineering Eden Prairie, Minn.
Matt Eliason, men's soccer Jr. Communication Studies Lombard, Ill.
Liza Engstrom, women's swimming Jr. Religion Reno, Nev.
Christa French, women's fencing Sr. Communication Sciences and Disorders Southlake, Texas
Kayley French, women's fencing Sr. Human Development and Psychological Services Southlake, Texas
Kevin Frymire, football Gr. Sports Administration Burr Ridge, Ill.
Adam Hahn, football Gr. Sports Administration Hartford, Wis.
Sarah Henning, women's fencing Sr. History/International Studies New Berlin, Wis.
Mark Ison, football Sr. Computer Science Powell, Ohio
Shelby Johnson, women's swimming So. Undeclared Wayzata, Minn.
Alexandra Lederhausen, women's golf So. Undeclared Hinsdale, Ill.
Kelsey Lindenschmidt, women's golf Jr. Chemical Engineering West Chester, Ohio
Sarah Marcincin, field hockey Jr. Economics Bethlehem, Pa.
Brooke Matthews, women's lacrosse Jr. Communication Studies Baltimore, Md.
Sherrick McManis, football Sr. Communication Studies Peoria, Ill.
Eric Metzler, wrestling Gr. Sports Administration Luxemburg, Wis.
Samantha Murray, women's tennis Sr. Economics Altrincham, England
Kim Pantages, women's lacrosse Sr. Communication Studies North Caldwell, N.J.
Kyle Petty, football Sr. Learning and Organizational Change Northbrook, Ill.
Courtney Plaster-Strange, field hockey Sr. Economics Louisville, Ky.
Annie Reihman, cross country Jr. Biological Services Richmond, Ind.
Erin Reilly, women's swimming Jr. Human Communication Disorders Frankfort, Ill.
Tobias Reitz, men's tennis So. Undeclared Reinbeck, Germany
Katherine Sampson, women's soccer Sr. Environmental Sciences San Francisco, Calif.
Danielle Spencer, women's lacrosse Sr. Social Policy Rochester, N.Y.
Kate Stephensen, women's swimming Jr. History/Secondary Education Davis, Calif.
Desmond Taylor, football Gr. Communication Studies Los Angeles, Calif.
Robin Thompson, softball Jr. Human Development and Psychological Services Detroit, Mich.
Nicole Tilley, women's fencing Jr. Communication Technology/Spanish Chandler, Ariz.
Stacy Uchida, field hockey Sr. Environmental Studies Southbury, Conn.
Nate Williams, football Sr. Learning and Organizational Change Pittsburgh, Pa.
Mark Woodsum, football Gr. Civil and Environmental Engineering Arlington Heights, Ill.