The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has honored nine Tabor College Bluejays for their efforts this fall both on the field and in the classroom as they were named NAIA All-American scholar-athletes.
The award is given to student-athletes who have achieved junior status, who are nominated by their coaches and who maintain a current grade-point average above 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
?Our athletic department mission includes support for learning,? said Rusty Allen, vice president of athletics. ?Our coaches set classroom goals for their teams, one of which is to see as many players as possible earn academic All-American honors.
?We are excited and proud of these young men and women who have excelled in the classroom and we will continue to challenge all of our student-athletes to strive for excellence in their pursuit of a degree.?
Four of Tabor?s recipients competed in soccer: junior Amy Dueck, Reedley, Calif.; senior Jenny Soulias, San Marcos, Calif., and junior Dallas Pruitt, McPherson.
The other five recipients were members of the volleyball team: senior Andrea Batista, Hager?man, N.M.; senior Erin Dick, Corn, Okla.; senior Carly Kroeker, Henderson, Neb.; senior Audra Schenk, Hillsboro; junior Jordan Crosson, Minnea?polis; and junior Jessica Perrault, Westminster, Colo.