AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Peach Belt Conference (PBC) announced its Presidential Honor Roll recipients, with a school-record 136 Georgia College student-athletes making the list, nine more than the previous mark, set in 2013-14. The program honors all student-athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the 2015-16 academic year.
For the ninth season, the PBC divided the group into four levels by GPA, as all students between 3.00 and 3.24 are Presidential Scholars, 3.25 to 3.49 are Bronze Scholars, 3.50 to 3.74 are Silver Scholars and 3.75 to 4.00 are Gold Scholars.
Georgia College placed third in the 14-member PBC with its 136 recipients. The University of Montevallo took top honors with 203, topping Young Harris College at 172. Fourth was UNC Pembroke at 135 with the University of North Georgia one behind in fifth. Montevallo has 16 varsity sports and YHC has 14, compared to Georgia College's 11.
The school record also marks just the fourth time the total number of Bobcat honorees has eclipsed the century mark. The 1,630 honorees throughout the entire Peach Belt are a conference record, giving the PBC seven-straight years over 1,000 members on the list.
Bobcat Baseball had the most with 22 student-athletes on the list. Soccer was second with 20. Third in overall student-athletes listed was softball with all 18 rostered players making the grade. Softball joined Women's Cross Country and Women's Tennis as the three teams to put their entire roster on the list. Volleyball had the fourth-best ratio of 88 percent as 15 of their 17 players were honored. Men's Cross Country owns the top ratio for a men's squad, as they put 11 of their 14 student-athletes on, good for 79 percent. All 11 of the varsity sports had at least half of the student-athletes on its roster make this prestigious list, and 10 of the 11 did 70 percent or better. Georgia College had 39 Gold Scholars, 33 Silver Scholars, 39 Bronze Scholars and 25 Presidential Scholars.
A list of the scholars follows, separated by sport:
Baseball : Gold Scholars – Logan Mattix, Clayten Ayres, Chandler Adams; Silver Scholar – Brandon Benson, Conner Alford, Austin Devenney; Bronze Scholars – Tanner Giesel, Brady Walsh, Kane Keith, Bradley Spinner, Garrett Green, Brooks Luther, Joshua Bishop, Josh Fellows; Presidential Scholars – Aaron Moore, Andrew Swanson, Grant Khan, Colin LoCurto, Brandon Cody, Wesley Wommack, Evan Hilton, Will Bagwell.
Women's Basketball : Silver Scholars – Sydney Cleveland, Ellie Fruit, Pate Lomax; Bronze Scholars – Mckenna Rushton, Alyah McGriff; Presidential Scholars – LaRice Walker, Lindsay Reed, Jalyn Slaughter, Veronica Ryan, Dionna Hartfield.
Men's Basketball : Gold Scholars – Terrell Harris, Evyn Smith; Silver Scholars – Isaac Thomas; Bronze Scholars – Ryan Blumenthal, Chase Hutchings, Bryan Roberts; Presidential Scholars – Chaz Berry.
Women's Cross Country : Gold Scholars – Rebecca Winslow, Josi Giovinazzo, Shea Morris, Sarah Willis; Silver Scholars – Caroline Williams, Madison Stokes, Abbey Jordan, Brittney Schwind; Bronze Scholars – Katherine Yost, Rachel Pasko; Presidential Scholars – Mariah Maring.
Men's Cross Country : Gold Scholars – Thomas Templeman, Daniel Sexton, Brian Skoglind; Silver Scholars – James Ryden, Jim Galvin; Bronze Scholars – Paul McNeil, Trevor Turner, Will Harper; Presidential Scholars – Trent Johnson, Joshua Warren, Chris O'Brien.
Golf : Gold Scholars – Harry Lambert, Matias Chiappero; Bronze Scholars – Nicolas Falkinhoff, Thomas Hodges; Presidential Scholars – Harrison Stewart, Matty Hines, Conner Albright.
Soccer : Gold Scholars – Ally Barys, Lizzie Brenner, Morgan Salmon, Sarah Miller, Ashlee Graham, Ragnheidur Bjarnadottir; Silver Scholars – Jordan Harman, Alex Giles, Anya Mancinelli, Amanda Ferry, Sofia Lekas, Devin Haygood; Bronze Scholars – Sol Baldassini, Liz Franco, Allyease Schwartz, Jessica Catapano, Brooke Olshewske, Savanna DeValle, Abby Nearing; Presidential Scholars – Cayce Hamilton.
Softball : Gold Scholars – Cassidy Rice, Baylee Hall, Holland Coursey, Hannah Coursey, Julia Tindall, Brooke Taylor, Lacey Najafi, Taylor Campbell; Silver Scholars – Abi LeRoy, Faith Flanders, Jessica Hayles, Kristen Brooks; Bronze Scholars – Carly Lewis, Danielle Bernstein, Emily Robertson, Caroline Snider, Marisa Boyette; Presidential Scholars – Shawnda Martin.
Women's Tennis : Gold Scholars – Katie Krupp, Camille Clausse-Pujo, Macy Polk, Cristalei Polk, Kristen Jones; Bronze Scholars – Hannah Serdinia, Jena Kelly, Emma Niemi.
Men's Tennis : Gold Scholars – Christian Graff, Kyle Kinsler; Silver Scholars – Mattia Campus, Yannick Hass, Jannick Kumbier; Bronze Scholars – Anton Waern, Pedro Ecenarro.
Volleyball : Gold Scholars – Sydney Stripling, Ashley Savransky, Katie Ray, Kayla Brockway; Silver Scholars – Ella Anastasiades, Caroline Ham, Miller Howard, Caroline Long, Danyelle Drummond, Mollie Michel, Taylor Svehla; Bronze Scholars – Maggie Roper, Chandler Ewaldsen; Presidential Scholars – Lindsey Holmes, Blake Willoughby.
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