46 Peru State student-athletes earn conference scholar-athlete recognition

PERU, NE – A total of 614 student-athletes have been recognized for their academic achievements by being named Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) Scholar-Athletes for the 2016-17 academic season.

Out of the 614, 46 were from Peru State which is the most the Bobcats have had honored since joining the Heart.

In order to qualify for this honor, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.40 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), have accumulated at least 60 semester hours, at least five semesters, and attended the nominating institution for at least two semesters prior to being nominated.

The student-athletes must also be a varsity competitor having made a significant contribution to their respective team and school.

Grand View led the way in total scholar-athletes with 77 nominees, followed by Benedictine with 57, and Missouri Valley with 54. Peru State’s 46 is a great number considering the College offers the fewest sports in the Heart.

Those recognized from Peru State include:

Name                                      City, State                            Sport                    Major
Ben Carr                                 Omaha                                   Baseball               Management
Chaz Dunn                              Falls City                               Baseball               Marketing
Daniel Muniz                           Miami, Fla.                             Baseball               Sport & Exercise Science/Business Admin.
Travis Navarro                        San Jacinto, Calif.                Baseball               K-12 Health & Physical Education w/Coaching
Judsen Owens                        Brantley, Ala.                        Baseball               Mathematics Teaching
Alberto Rosario                       Carolina, P.R.                       Baseball               Accounting & Public Accounting/CPA Focus
Christian Sanchez                  Ponce, P.R.                            Baseball               Criminal Justice – Counseling & Psychology
Seth Thomason                      Holt, Fla.                                Baseball               Accounting & Business Administration
Marley Biyendolo                   Melbourne, Australia             Men’s BB             Drug & Alcohol Counseling & Psychology
Matej Delinac                         Brampton, Ont., Can.            Men’s BB             Business Administration – Management
Kiley Guerue                          Morrill                                     Women’s BB       Elementary Education
Abigail Niebrugge                  Omaha                                    Women’s BB       Psychology
Jackie Robles                        Parlier, Calif.                          Women’s BB       Kinesiology
Deandra Williams                  Rosenberg, Texas                  Women’s BB       Kinesiology
Marissa Florian                     Wilber                                      Cheer                   Early Childhood/Elementary Education
Elizabeth Robine                   Omaha                                    Cheer                   Early Childhood/Elementary Education
Brittany Ritter                        Falls City                                 Cheer                   Elementary Education
Kiana Borengasser               Waianae, Hawaii                      Women’s CC       Disease & Human Health & Exercise Science
Samantha Carlson                Cozad                                       Women’s CC       Criminal Justice – Drug/Alcohol Counseling
Kaitlyn Tennant                     Thornton, Colo.                       Women’s CC       Elementary Education
Hannah Wynn                        Auburn                                    Women’s CC       Early Childhood Education
Travis Carnahan                    Wahoo                                     Football               Management & Marketing
Darius Finley                          Roanoke, Ala.                         Football               Kinesiology
Brandon Fletcher                   Maxwell                                   Football               Management
Garrett Harring                      Salem                                       Football               Marketing
Dylan King                             Vancouver, Wash.                  Football               Kinesiology
Justin Mahon                         Bennington                             Football               Management & Marketing
Mason McCann                     Omaha                                     Football               Criminal Justice – Administration
Gunnar Orcutt                       Omaha                                     Football               Biochemical Science
Andrew Shackelford              Bradenton, Fla.                       Football               Kinesiology and Psychology
Ryan Zuhlke                          Sterling                                    Football               Mathematics Teaching
Hannah Baldacci                   Norfolk                                     Golf                      Drug & Alcohol Counseling & Psychology
Marisa Pribnow                     Lincoln                                     Golf                      English Teaching and Coaching
Jessica Weickert                   Beatrice                                    Golf                      Criminal Justice – Counseling & Psychology
Megan Hartman                     Lincoln                                    Softball                Marketing
Chelsea Reznicek                  Omaha                                    Softball                Biological Sciences & Exercise Science
Nicole Reznicek                     Omaha                                    Softball                Middle Grades Education
Amberlin Scharsch                Aiea, Hawaii                           Softball                Psychology
Gianna Gangi                        Simi Valley, Calif.                   Volleyball            Kinesiology
Meg Grose                             Peoria, Ariz.                           Volleyball            Early Childhood Education
Samantha Hinrichs                Ankeny, Iowa                         Volleyball            Marketing
Raechel Knowles                  Nassau, Bahamas                  Volleyball            K-12 Special Education
Savannah Moore                  Idaho Falls, Idaho                   Volleyball            Disease and Human Health
Jennifer Ostrowski                Kankakee, Ill.                          Volleyball            Early Childhood Education
Alaya Roberts                       Cibolo, Texas                         Volleyball            Psychology/Sport & Exercise Science
Brooke Rudebusch               Moorpark, Calif.                      Volleyball            Business Administration – Management

Peru State athletic director Steve Schneider was proud to read the long list. Schneider commented, “This is a true indication that our coaching staff does make sure that our athletes know they can truly be ‘student-athletes.'”

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