Basketball teams rack up MIAA academic honors

BY FHSU SPORTS INFORMATION

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Fort Hays State men’s and women’s basketball teams placed a total of 12 student-athletes on the 2019-20 MIAA Academic Honor Roll, released Friday (March 20) by the league office.

The women’s squad had eight representatives on the honor roll list, including two Scholar-Athlete Award recipients and two Academic Excellence Award winners. The men’s team had four players listed, including one Scholar-Athlete Award winner.

Kacey Kennett picked up the Scholar-Athlete Award for the third year in a row after earning a spot on the All-MIAA second team, while Belle Barbieri grabbed her second Scholar-Athlete Award after being named honorable mention All-MIAA. Kennett and Barbieri were two of 13 women’s basketball players to earn the award, making FHSU one of four schools with multiple recipients.

Whitney Randall has now earned the MIAA Academic Excellence Award three times, while this is the second such honor for Cydney Bergmann, giving the Tigers two of the 11 honorees this season.

Jared Vitztum received the Scholar-Athlete Award for the first time after being listed on the All-MIAA third team this season. He has now earned both prestigious MIAA academic awards after receiving the Academic Excellence Award at the conclusion of his freshman season. Vitztum was one of just four recipients of the award on the men’s side.

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. The student-athlete must also earn All-MIAA honors during the current season.

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.

2019-20 MIAA Basketball Academic Honor Roll
Name Class GPA Major Hometown
Belle Barbieri Sr. 3.91 Nursing Abilene, Kan.
Cydney Bergmann So. 4.00 Agriculture (Animal Science) Concordia, Kan.
Kyleigh Kasper Jr. 3.86 General Science (Biology) Russell, Kan.
Kacey Kennett Sr. 3.67 HHP (Sport & Exercise Therapy) Olathe, Kan.
Madison Mittie Jr. 3.73 Communication Sciences & Disorders Manhattan, Kan.
Lanie Page Sr. 3.32 HHP (K-12 Teaching/Coaching) Wamego, Kan.
Whitney Randall Jr. 4.00 HHP (K-12 Teaching/Coaching) Alva, Okla.
Taylor Rolfs Sr. 3.30 Medical Diagnostic Imaging Claflin, Kan.
Devin Davis Sr. 3.44 General Studies (Theatre) Vallejo, Calif.
Aaron Nicholson Sr. 3.13 HHP (Sport Management) Wichita, Kan.
Jared Vitztum Jr. 3.91 Finance Hays, Kan.
Nyjee Wright So. 3.59 HHP (Fitness Programming) Wichita, Kan.

Bold indicates Scholar-Athlete Award
Italics indicates MIAA Academic Excellence Award

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