CLEVELAND, Ohio - A total of 150 student-athletes, representing all 16 intercollegiate sports sponsored at Cleveland State University, were recognized for their academic accomplishments at the 24th annual John Konstantinos Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon, which was held on Tuesday afternoon (April 8) in the Henry Goodman Arena in the Wolstein Center.
"The student-athletes that we honor today are the best of the best, those who are able to balance academics and athletics and excel in both," CSU Director of Athletics John Parry said. "To see more than half of our student-athletes being honored for having over a 3.0 grade point average speaks highly about the goals and missions of Cleveland State University."
The 150 student-athletes, representing 56-percent of CSU's student-athlete population, were recognized for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better through the end of the fall, 2013 semester.
The cumulative grade point average among CSU student-athletes is 3.179.
There were a total of 57 first-year honorees, 39 second-year honorees, 27 third-year honorees and 25 fourth-year honorees. In addition, two fifth-year student-athletes were honored.
Several additional awards were handed out at the luncheon.
Women's swimming standout Alexandra Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) received the 14th annual John McLendon Award, which is given to the student-athlete who best represents the ideals and personal philosophy of McLendon, a former CSU men's basketball coach who is an enshrinee in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Men's fencer Jon Cuturic (Westlake, Ohio) received the President's Award - presented by CSU President Dr. Berkman - as the graduating senior student-athlete with the highest grade point average. Cuturic, who sports a 3.98 grade point average as a journalism and promotional communications major, posted 27 wins in the foil this year, including a season-high nine at the season opening Ohio State Duals. He also serves as the managing editor of the Cleveland Stater.
The "Best of the Best" Team Award, which is given to the sport having the highest team grade point average in the department, went to women's golf, which has a cumulative 3.511 grade point average.
All six student-athletes on the women's golf team - Steff Camarata, Micaela Cronin, Shelly Ford, Allyson Hackman, Madeline Kaminski and Colleen Miller - were recognized at the luncheon.
A total of 36 student-athletes received additional recognition for being a member of the Dean's List during every term they have attended at CSU. Ryan Blankenship (men's swimming), Brandan Byrne (men's golf), Cuturic, Frederike Dubeau (women's soccer), Erin Jajtner (women's swimming), Justin Kermack (men's swimming), Amanda Pallija (women's swimming), Alex Power (women's tennis), Haley Schmitt (women's basketball) and Brandon Sommers (wrestling) have been all been on the Dean's List for seven straight semesters.
Since its inception in the Spring of 1991, the Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon has burgeoned from 41 student-athletes honored to the 150 that were honored today.