7 Wildcats Earn Lage Academic Achievement Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State student-athletes continue to receive recognition for their excellence in the classroom, as seven Wildcats received the sixth annual Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, which is the Big 12 Conference’s highest academic honor, in an announcement by the league office on Tuesday.

The seven recipients from K-State are: Courtney Faucett (Sr.; rowing; industrial engineering), Cameron Morgan (Jr.; football; finance), Scotland Preston (Sr.; golf; public relations and economics), Rachel Proteau, (Sr.; track & field; biochemistry), Matt Seiwert (So.; football; agribusiness), Kelly Thomson, (R-Jr.; women’s basketball; nutritional sciences) and Danielle Winters (Sr.; track & field; communication studies).

In total, 75 student-athletes from Big 12 member institutions earned the honor. The award is in memory of Lage, who served as the Oklahoma State faculty athletics representative with the NCAA and the Big Eight/Big 12 Conference from 1983 until his death in 2007. He was the chairman on three occasions (1985-86, 93-94 and 2003-04).

In order to be eligible for the accolade, student-athletes must have lettered at least once in their career while maintaining residence at their institution for at least one academic year. The honoree, which can only be recognized once, should have 100 hours of earned credit with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.80 at the time of the nomination.

The Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award recipients will receive public recognition at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships.

K-State has had an outstanding start to the 2015-16 academic year. The Wildcats saw 24 student-athletes graduate in December of 2015. The fall sports were recognized with the following honors: 32 Academic All-Big 12 recipients, Kersten Kober was named the Big 12 Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and Kober, Katie Brand (volleyball), Jack Cantele (football) and Glenn Gronkowski (football) were named CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 selections in their respective sports.

Kansas State also had a total of 255 K-State student-athletes named to the Fall 2015 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. The 255 student-athletes to earn the honor marked the 16th straight semester K-State has placed 200 or more student-athletes on the honor roll. In the Fall 2014 honor roll, K-State saw 269 student-athletes earn the recognition, which was the highest since John Currie took the reins of K-State Athletics in the summer of 2009.

Of the 255 K-State student-athletes earning the citation for their academic excellence, 60 registered a GPA of 4.0 in the fall semester. K-State ranks among the league’s best in terms of academic success as it continues to set a national standard in terms of APR, as all programs are currently well above the required NCAA standard.

Kansas State University, the nation's first operational land-grant institution and a Carnegie Foundation Tier One university, is recognized as one of America's best colleges with world-class research and academic excellence.

2016 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award recipients – Kansas State
Courtney Faucett, Sr., Rowing, industrial engineering
Cameron Morgan, Jr. Football, finance
Scotland Preston, Sr., Golf, public relations & economics
Rachel Proteau, Sr., Track & Field, biochemistry
Matt Seiwert, So., Football, agribusiness
Kelly Thomson, R-Jr., Women’s Basketball, nutritional services
Danielle Winters, Sr., Track & Field, communication studies