K-State Places 27 on Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State student-athletes continued to receive honors and accolades for their hard work in the classroom, as 27 Wildcats were named to the Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team in an announcement by the conference office on Thursday afternoon.

In the three years of the award's existence, K-State has placed 72 student-athletes on the list including a high of 28 following the 2013-14 academic year.

Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services, student-athletes on the 2014-15 Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team must be new, first-time/incoming freshmen that have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial coursework and achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. Additionally, the student-athlete must have participated in at least one of their team's scheduled contests and must have been a member of their respective team for their sport's entire NCAA Championship segment.

The Wildcats had three student-athletes earn the honor with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The three recipients with 4.0 GPAs were: Kirsten Chamberland (equestrian), Shaelyn Martin (women's basketball) and Megan Vanderpool(women's track and field).

The remaining honorees for the Wildcats on the 2015 Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team are: Ashley Anderson(equestrian), Jason Coon (men's track), Brynn Critcher (equestrian), Hannah Culbertson (rowing), Kayla Doll (women's track/cross country), Molly Dunn (equestrian), Chandler Gallagher (women's golf), Laura Hopton (women's tennis),Jessica Johns (equestrian), Thilina Karunaratne (men's track), Paige Kemper (equestrian), Ethan Klosterboer (baseball),Elijah Lee (football), Hale Kutsche (equestrian), Alexandra Miller (women's track/cross country), Lucas Moeder (men's track), Madelyn Nestor (women's track/cross country), Samuel Oxandale (men's track/cross country), Keiteyana Parks(women's track), Terrell Smith (men's track), Sabrina Tirador (equestrian), Bryna Vogel (volleyball), Bryan Zack (men's track/cross country) and Kylee Zumach (volleyball).

K-State had another outstanding academic year in 2014-15. The Wildcats saw 82 student-athletes graduate in the 2014-15 academic year, while a total of five student-athletes were Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award winners.

K-State also placed 514 student-athletes on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Rolls, including 269 honorees on the Fall 2014 listing which were the most since John Currie took the reins of K-State Athletics in the summer of 2009. K-State also had 125 student-athletes earn Academic All-Big 12 recognition this year.

Kansas State Student-Athletes on the Academic All-Rookie Team
Name, Sport, Major, Hometown

Ethan Klosterboer, Baseball, Animal Sciences & Industry Humble, Texas
Shaelyn Martin*, Basketball, Kinesiology, Salina, Kan.
Kayla Doll, Cross Country/Track, Biology, Garden City, Kan.
Alexandra Miller, Cross Country/Track, Life Sciences, Pre Med Garden City, Kan.
Madelyn Nestor, Cross Country/Track, Biology - Pre Pharmacy Minor: Spanish Maize, Kan. 
Samuel Oxandale, Cross Country/Track, Mechanical Engineering, Holt, Mo.
Bryan Zack, Cross Country/Track, Open Option, Overland Park, Kan.
Ashley Anderson, Equestrian, Animal Sciences & Industry, Firth, Neb.
Kirsten Chamberland*, Equestrian, Animal Sciences & Industry, Langley BC, Canada
Brynn Critcher, Equestrian, Biology, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Molly Dunn, Equestrian, Animal Sciences & Industry, Moorpark, Calif.
Jessica Johns, Equestrian, Agricultural Communications & Journalism, Johnson, Kan.
Paige Kemper, Equestrian, Open Option, Gilbert, Ariz.
Halle Kutsche, Equestrian, Mechanical Engineering, The Woodlands, Texas
Sabrina Tirador, Equestrian, Business Administration, Tustin, Calif. 
Elijah Lee, Football, Business, Blue Springs, Mo.
Chandler Gallagher, Golf, Life Sciences, Kearney, Mo.
Hannah Culbertson, Rowing, Life Sciences, Gardner, Kan.
Laura Hopton, Tennis, Mathematics, North Ferriby, United Kington
Jason Coon, Track, Open Option, Reading, Pa.
Thilina Karunaratne, Track, Business, Nigegpda, Sri Lanka
Lucas Moeder, Track, Animal Sciences & Industry, LaCrosse, Kan.
Keiteyana Parks, Track, Open Option, Lincoln, Neb.
Terrell Smith, Track, Biological Engineering, Vicksburg, Miss.
Megan Vanderpool*, Track, Biology, Lenexa, Kan.
Bryna Vogel, Volleyball, Animal Sciences & Industry, Clearwater, Kan.
Kylee Zumach, Volleyball, Family Studies & Human Services, Buffalo, Minn.

*- denotes 4.0 grade point average