CMU Celebrates Student-Athlete Academic Excellence
Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
Eight of the nine finalists for the Dick Enberg Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award were on hand for CMU's Academic Excellence Banquet on Monday. From left: Mike Petrucci, Kristin Teubner, Molly Coldren, Holly Anderson, Josh Kettlewell, Trent Howard, Paulina Lee and Liesel Toth. Not pictured is Catherine Ludwig.

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MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University's Athletics Department celebrated the academic success of its student-athletes at the 19th Annual Student-Athlete Academic Excellence Banquet on Monday.

The department recognized 113 student-athletes who held at least a 3.5 grade-point average at the conclusion of the Fall 2010 semester, including 22 upperclassmen who were inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma , the National College Athlete Honor Society.

Among the team awards that were presented were the Outstanding Team GPA Award and the Dick Enberg Team Leadership Award . The men's cross country team earned the men's top GPA award for the 16th consecutive year, posting a 3.19 GPA. The women's soccer team claimed the women's award for a seventh straight year with a combined 3.72 GPA. The soccer program has posted the highest team GPA of any soccer team in the country for six consecutive years.

The Dick Enberg Team Leadership Awards are based on five criteria: overall grade-point average, academic progress rate, community service, athletic performance and commitment to excellence. The baseball program won the men's award for the second time in three years, while the soccer program claimed the honor for the third time in the award's five-year existence.

The finalists for CMU's top individual student-athlete awards—the Dick Enberg Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the Bill Boyden Leadership Award —were introduced during Monday's banquet. The Enberg Award is presented annually to a junior student-athlete who has a minimum 3.20 GPA, has performed with distinction in his/her sport and is considered a team leader. The 2011 nominees are Holly Anderson (track and field), Molly Coldren (softball), Trent Howard (baseball), Josh Kettlewell (track and field), Paulina Lee (field hockey), Catherine Ludwig (volleyball), Mike Petrucci (football), Kristin Teubner (gymnastics) and Liesel Toth (soccer).

The Boyden Award singles out an individual entering his/her senior year whose record best combines athletic participation with leadership ability in campus affairs and activities, accomplishments in the arts and community involvement. This year's finalists are Molly Coldren (softball), Claire Horton (soccer), Paulina Lee (field hockey), Catherine Ludwig (volleyball), Kevin Mays (track and field), Sam Russell (baseball), Kristin Teubner (gymnastics) and Rocky Weaver (football).