16 from women’s soccer earn MIAA academic honors

BY FHSU SPORTS INFORMATION

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Fort Hays State women’s soccer team was well represented when the 2019 MIAA Academic Honors were released Thursday (Nov. 14), with 16 Tigers earning a spot on the Academic Honor Roll. Three student-athletes earned additional honors, with Darby Hirsch, Cailey Perkins and Maja Persa earning both the Scholar-Athlete Award and the MIAA Academic Excellence Award.

By carrying a perfect 4.00 GPA and earning All-MIAA honors in 2019, Hirsch, Perkins and Persa were three of just seven student-athletes in the conference to earn both prestigious honors.

To be recognized on the Academic Honor Roll, one must have a grade point average used by the institution for purposes of NCAA academic certification of 3.00 at the certifying member institution. The individual must also have at least two terms of attendance at the certifying member institution, excluding summer terms. Transfers and true freshman are recognized at the conclusion of the school year, after they meet the two terms of attendance requirement.

To qualify as a Scholar-Athlete an individual must have a grade point average used by the institution for purposes of NCAA academic certification of 3.50 at the certifying member institution. They must also have at least two terms of attendance at the certifying member institution, excluding summer terms. If competing in a championship sport of the MIAA, the student-athlete must earn All-MIAA honors.

An MIAA Academic Excellence Award recipient must have a grade point average used by the institution for purposes of NCAA academic certification of 4.00 or better at the certifying member institution. The honoree also must have at least two terms of attendance at the certifying member institution, excluding summer terms.

The complete list of Fort Hays State women’s soccer MIAA Academic Honor Roll recipients is below.

Name Class GPA Major Hometown
Macy Decker So. 3.76 Biology Topeka, Kan.
Katie Evans So. 3.22 Agriculture Parker, Colo.
Carmen Fanning Jr. 3.59 Biology Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Meghan Groom So. 3.46 Nursing Broomfield, Colo.
Darby Hirsch Sr. 4.00 Nursing Topeka, Kan.
Chloe Montano Sr. 3.00 Communications Calabasas, Calif.
Cailey Perkins So. 4.00 Nursing Manhattan, Kan.
Maja Persa So. 4.00 Psychology Palos Hills, Ill.
Shayla Podlena Sr. 3.61 Communication Sciences and Disorders Topeka, Kan.
Karli Potts So. 3.59 Health and Human Performance Corona, Calif.
Jenna Prince So. 3.50 Elementary Education Huntington Beach, Calif.
Taryn Schnell Sr. 3.38 Biology Littleton, Colo.
Zariah Smith Jr. 3.60 Social Work Aurora, Colo.
Jordan Thompson So. 3.68 Psychology Eureka, Mo.
Paige Utterback Sr. 3.45 Communication Sciences and Disorders New London, Mo.
Deonna Wellbrock So. 3.70 Nursing Hays, Kan.

Scholar-Athlete Award recipients in bold
Academic Excellence Award recipients in italics

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