10 K-State Student-Athletes Earn Lage Academic Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State student-athletes continue to receive recognition for their excellence in the classroom, as 10 Wildcats received the fourth 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 10 recipients from K-State are: Courtney Cook (Sr.; volleyball; animal sciences & industry), Beth DeMars (Jr.; rowing; elementary education), Mariah Moxley (Sr.; equestrian; management), Meggie Murray, (Jr.; rowing; dietetics), Zach Nemechek (Jr.; football; life sciences), Petra Niedermayerova, (Sr.; tennis; economics), Tyler Norris (Sr.; men’s golf; finance), Jennifer Smisek (Jr.; rowing; management), Allison Tozier (Sr.; equestrian; elementary education) and Abby Weaver (Jr.; rowing; mechanical engineering).

In total, 64 student-athletes from Big 12 member institutions earned the honor with Baylor pacing the league with 16 recipients and K-State in second with 10.

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.

Kansas State student-athletes had a strong fall semester in the classroom, as a total of 260 K-State student-athletes were named to the Fall 2013 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. The 260 student-athletes earning the recognition marked a new high since John Currie took the reins of K-State Athletics in the summer of 2009. K-State saw an improvement of 24 student-athletes from the Spring 2013 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, as 236 Wildcats received recognition in early June of 2013.
Of the 260 K-State student-athletes earning the citation for their academic excellence, 46 registered a GPA of 4.0 in the spring semester. K-State, which has ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 in graduation rate for all student-athletes four of the last six years, has placed 200 or more student-athletes on the honor roll for 12 straight semesters. K-State continues to rank among the league’s best in terms of academic success as it continues to set a national standard in terms of Academic Progress Reports (APR) as all programs are currently well above the required NCAA standard.

K-State also saw 30 current or former student-athletes earn degrees in fall 2013 commencement ceremonies last month. Highlighting the 30 who graduated this fall were 14 current or former members of the K-State football team, three each from the equestrian and volleyball teams, two each from baseball, women’s basketball, men’s golf and men’s track and field teams and one from rowing and women’s track and field.

2014 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award recipients – Kansas State
Courtney Cook, Kansas State Sr. Volleyball Animal Sciences & Industry
Beth DeMars, Kansas State Jr. Rowing Elementary Education
Mariah Moxley, Kansas State Sr. Equestrian Management
Meggie Murray, Kansas State Jr. Rowing Dietetics
Zach Nemechek, Kansas State Jr. Football Life Sciences
Petra Niedermayerova, Kansas State Sr. Tennis Economics
Tyler Norris, Kansas State Sr. Golf Finance
Jennifer Smisek, Kansas State Jr. Rowing Management
Allison Tozier, Kansas State Sr. Equestrian Elementary Education
Abby Weaver, Kansas State Jr. Rowing Mechanical Engineering