More than 130 receive scholar-athlete recognition

A record 137 student-athletes, cheerleaders and athletic training students were given the Longwood Scholar-Athlete Award for their notable academic performance in 2014 and were honored during halftime of a men’s basketball game in a formal on-court recognition.

The Longwood Scholar-Athlete award recognizes those who recorded a grade-point average of at least 3.0 during the previous year, encompassing the past spring and fall semesters. Additionally, the student-athlete who recorded the top GPA for each team during that span was named to the Longwood All-Academic Team.

“Seeing such an impressive number of student-athletes recognized as scholar-athletes is a testament to their dedication to their studies,” said Maya Ozery, assistant director of athletics for academic and leadership development. “The students recognized during the event are an excellent representation of Longwood students who strive to be the best in everything they do.”

Included among the 137 students honored were three who were named to the President’s List both semesters for recording back-to-back grade-point averages of 4.0: Kelsey McDonald ’15 (women’s soccer), a business major from Kennett Square, Pa.; Emily Nylen ’17 (women’s basketball), an exercise science major from Rockford, Ill.; and Elizabeth Trainer ’15 (lacrosse), an exercise science major from Ellicott City, Md.

Eleven others recorded a 4.0 during one of those semesters.

Longwood President W. Taylor Reveley IV was on hand to congratulate the 16 students who were named to their respective All-Academic Teams.

Special recognition went to McDonald, who in the fall was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team. McDonald, who owns a 3.99 grade point average and was a four-year starter on the soccer team, is the first Longwood student-athlete to receive that award in the Division I era.