PBC Releases 2011-12 Presidential Honor Roll
Clayton State garners 37 honorees led by women’s soccer team
MORROW, Ga. -- June 25, 2012 – The Peach Belt Conference announced last week that a record 1,137 student-athletes have been named to the Presidential Honor Roll for the 2011-12 academic year. Included among that number are 37 student-athletes who represented Clayton State during the past year. The Presidential Honor Roll recognizes all student-athletes at the 13 PBC member institutions who had a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the academic year.
Of Clayton State’s 37 honorees, nine hail from the women’s soccer team. A close second was the men’s cross country/track team with eight selections while women’s cross country/track had six selections.
The honor roll is divided into four groups: Presidential Scholars, Bronze Scholars, Silver Scholars and Gold Scholars. All student-athletes with a GPA from 3.0 to 3.24 are Presidential Scholars while Bronze Scholars are 3.25 to 3.49; Silver 3.50 to 3.74 and Gold Scholars are those with a 3.75 to 4.00.
The Lakers had five student-athletes named Gold Scholars and out of those five, three were members of the women’s tennis team -- Ivana Krommelova, a junior from Nove Zamky, Slovakia; Charlotte Fabricius, a junior from Stockholm, Sweden; and Martina Dedaj, a sophomore from Pula, Croatia. The fourth Laker named a Gold Scholar, senior Robert Spezzacatena from North Bergen, N.J., was selected last week as the first Academic All-America for the men’s cross country/track program. Spezzacatena also becomes the first Laker named a Gold Scholar four consecutive years. The fifth Gold Scholar named was Samantha Walling, a sophomore from Galt, Calif. and a member of the women’s cross country/track team.
The 1,137 student-athletes surpasses the old record of 1,079 set in 2010-11 and gives the Peach Belt 1,000 or more honorees for the third year in a row. Each student-athlete will receive a certificate from the conference office in recognition of their achievement.
Clayton State’s complete listing of PBC honorees include:
Gold Scholars: Ivana Krommelova, Robert Spezzacatena, Charlotte Fabricius, Samantha Walling, Martina Dedaj. Silver Scholars: Laoise O'Driscoll, Kourtney Aylor, Jessica Covington, Russell Lawless, Jon Skinner, Paige Galvin, Jessica Smith, Lorna O'Connell, Rebecca Brown, Silvia Espelt, Maia Kuhnen, Albert Mong'ony. Bronze Scholars: Luisa Alvarez, Leighton Fredericks, Natalia Valentine, Marie Cercelletti, Jennifer Dreasler, Jonathan Ray, Matt Roskind. Presidential Scholars: Clark Nelson, Jessica Budd, Brian Garcia, Shadawn Clanton, Preston Valencia, Emily Walling, Edlin Veras, Tony Dukes, Elisa Gyllin, Shelby Russell, Tanner Thomason, Ayrton Azcue, Holly McNorton.