46 Bobcats Recognized as Heart Scholar-Athletes

PERU – A total of 707 student-athletes have been recognized for their academic achievements by being named Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) Scholar-Athletes for the 2017-18 academic season.

Out of the 707, 46 were from Peru State which matches the most the Bobcats have had honored since joining the Heart. The 13 reporting institutions averaged almost 55 honorees, with three programs boasting at least 70 academic standouts. The 2017-18 total was nearly 100 more than the previous calendar year.

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 79 nominees, followed by Culver-Stockton with 76, and Graceland with 70. 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
Chaz Dunn Falls City Baseball Marketing
Gianfranco Garlobo Carolina, Puerto Rico Baseball Accounting
Seth Thomason Holt, Fla. Baseball Entrepreneurial & Economic Development
Tyler Wheelock Omaha Baseball K-12 Health & Physical Education
Marley Biyendolo Melbourne, Australia Men’s BB Drug & Alcohol Counseling & Psychology
Paulius Sakinis Klaipeda, Lithuania Men’s BB Marketing
Lauren Beath Bakersfield, Calif. Women’s BB Disease & Human Health
Jackie Beaugard Omaha Women’s BB Computer Management Information Systems
Kealy Ensminger Homer Women’s BB Elementary & K-12 Special Education
Abigail Niebrugge Omaha Women’s BB Psychology
Dayana Camacho Schuyler Cheer Elementary Education
Shawn Gaskill Coldwater, Mich. Cheer Criminal Justice – Counseling
Elizabeth Robine Omaha Cheer Early Childhood/Elementary Education
Brittany Ritter Falls City Cheer Elementary Education
Alexandra Kenney Milford Women’s CC Biochemical Science
Samantha Carlson Cozad Women’s CC Criminal Justice – Drug/Alcohol Counseling
Kaitlyn Tennant Thornton, Colo. Women’s CC Elementary Education
Destiny Worthey Humboldt Women’s CC Early Childhood PK-3 & Elementary Education
Colton Audsley Prescott Valley, Ariz. Football Criminal Justice – Administration
Justin Barnes Tallahassee, Fla. Football Computer Management Information Systems
Dan Boshart Wood River Football Social Science Teaching
Dwight Butler Nassau, Bahamas Football Accounting
Ismael Calvillo Tucson, Ariz. Football Criminal Justice – Administration
Travis Carnahan Wahoo Football Management & Marketing
Alex Coffman Dunning Football Criminal Justice – Administration
Luis Constantino Varzea Grande, Brazil Football Management
Jake Coughlin Omaha Football Management
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
Hannah Baldacci Norfolk Women’s Golf Drug & Alcohol Counseling & Psychology
Cathleen Marsh Bellevue Women’s Golf Drug & Alcohol Counseling
Emily Whipple Lincoln Women’s Golf Middle Level Education
Rachel Carlos Kaneohe, Hawaii Softball Criminal Justice – Counseling
Megan Hartman Lincoln Softball Marketing
Elizabeth Nelson Adams Softball Criminal Justice – Counseling & Psychology
Morgan Ritchie Lincoln Softball Criminal Justice
Erin Snyder Omaha Softball Criminal Justice – Law & Society
Meg Grose Peoria, Ariz. Volleyball Early Childhood Education
Raechel Knowles Nassau, Bahamas Volleyball K-12 Special Education
Nadja Janjevic Podgorica, Montenegro Volleyball Management
Alaya Roberts Cibolo, Texas Volleyball Psychology/Sport & Exercise Science
Brooke Rudebusch Moorpark, Calif. Volleyball Business Administration – Management
Kira Shapiro Omaha Volleyball Kinesiology & Psychology
Sydney Stevelinck Lyons, Colo. Volleyball Kinesiology

Peru State’s new athletic director Wayne Albury was proud to read the long list. Albury commented, “This is a true indication our coaching staff does make sure that our athletes know they can truly be ‘student-athletes.'” In addition, Albury stated, “Even more student-athletes were recognized recently as we had 87 of them on the College’s Dean’s List.”

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