Thirteen Bucs recognized with a perfect 4.0 GPA; 139 CSU athletes honored on Big South Presidential Honor Roll

Thirteen Bucs recognized with a perfect 4.0 GPA; 139 CSU athletes honored on Big South Presidential Honor Roll

Charlotte, N.C. (BigSouthSports.com) - Thirteen Charleston Southern athletes were recognized with a perfect 4.0 GPA in 2017-18, while 139 Buccaneers were honored on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll as announced by the conference office on Thursday morning.

Overall, 59.69 percent of all Big South Conference eligible student-athletes earned Presidential Honor Roll status for their work in the classroom in 2017-18 -- the second-highest percentage in league history.

2017-18 Big South Presidential Honor Roll Announcement

To be named to the Presidential Honor Roll, student-athletes must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better for the recently-completed academic year, and this past season, 1,750 out of 2,982 eligible student-athletes achieved the benchmark.  In addition, the 58.69 percentage marks the fourth consecutive year above 50 percent.

High Point University led all Big South institutions for the fourth straight year, as HPU had 76.72 percent of its 232 eligible student-athletes on the Presidential Honor Roll -- one of seven members to have at least 60 percent of 3.0 students.  Gardner-Webb University placed 68.12 percent of its 345 student-athletes on the list, while Winthrop University had 65.40 percent of its 263 student-athletes among the honorees.  Also surpassing the 60 percent threshold were Presbyterian College (62.69), Campbell University (61.92%), Longwood University (60.33) and UNC Asheville (60.23).

Furthermore, 16 conference Player of the Year honorees and 11 Freshman of the Year selections last season earned Presidential Honor Roll status. 

Beginning this year, new award recognition levels were established within the Presidential Honor Roll: Commissioner's Award (4.0 GPA), Gold Award (3.75-3.99), Silver Award (3.50-3.74) and Bronze Award (3.00-3.49).  The Big South had 187 student-athletes receive Commissioner's Award distinction in 2017-18, which was an increase of 52 over 2016-17.  Each of the Big South's 19 sponsored sports had at least three 4.0 students.  Gold Award scholars totaled 403 while another 412 received Silver Award accolades in 2017-18 for a combined total of 1,002 student-athletes with at least a 3.50 GPA last year -- 57.26 percent of all Presidential Honor Roll members at or above that threshold.

The full list of CSU's 4.0 student-athletes from 2017-18 appears below.

Men's Basketball
Richard Stewart

Football
Frank Cirone

Men's Track & Field/Cross Country
Micah Deveaux

Women's Soccer
Grace Clark
Anna Menendez

Softball
Laina Holmgren

Women's Tennis
Sophie Cloessner

Women's Track & Field/Cross Country
Taylor Barnes
Caroline Edmondson
Bethany Thornhill

Volleyball
Skylar Blackmon
Kylie Klein
Hannah Western

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