LSC honors Aggie academics

Swing away: Makenzie Burk steps up to bat. Burk was one of 35 nominated for the 2014 LSC honor roll.

Swing away: Makenzie Burk steps up to bat. Burk was one of 35 nominated for the 2014 LSC honor roll.

Maurice Buckner

Staff Writer

On Jan. 14, Lone Star Conference officials nominated 35 Cameron University student-athletes for the Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

The list spanned eight sports: Baseball, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Golf and Women’s Basketball. Women’s Basketball had the most Cameron nominations with seven.

This year the Lone Star Conference implemented a change in when nominations would be announced. Players are recognized at the end of each semester for having a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Cameron student-athletes handled multiple workout sessions, practice and road games while maintaining their GPAs.

Sophomore softball player Makenzie Burk and senior basketball player Ali Brown had 4.0 GPAs last fall. Both students believe making good grades is about time management and having supportive teammates.

Burk said she dedicates all her spare time off the field to studying and preparing for tests.

“Any time I have some free time I try to get my studies finished,” Burk said.

Brown said, “Sometimes balancing basketball and school is a bit challenging. We usually have Sundays off from basketball, so I do a lot of homework on Sunday.”

Brown said she also finds time to study on the bus during away games.

Although the LSC nominations recognized individuals, students said their teammates helped each other.

Brown said, “As a team we are always supportive of one another, whether it’s on the court or in the classroom.”

“Anytime someone on the team is rewarded efforts we congratulate them,” Brown said.

Burk and Brown compete not only on the field, but also in the classroom. With a smile, Burk said, “I have always wanted to be the best at everything that I do, so the classroom is no different.”

“I’m always trying to get the best grades in class,” Brown said. “If I don’t, it makes me more determined to do better on the next test.”

Both players remained humble about their nominations.

“It is an absolute honor,” Burk said. “I have always strived to get good grades, so this was an added bonus.”

Brown said, “It’s a special honor to get nominated for the Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Any award that I receive because of working hard in the classroom is definitely a plus. My goal is always to do my best in school and make good grades.”

35 students nominated for Lone Star Conference Honor Roll

Men’s Tennis 

Felipe Oyarzun

Joakim Persson

Angelo Lencioni

Andres Velasco

Dennis Merdan

Women’s Golf 

Katie Johnston

Kylee Johnson-Wickham

Candice Swartz

Aleesha Holden

Volleyball 

Kayla Hebert

Maci Terrell

Kelsie Coplen

Rebecca Green

Taylor Riddle

 Softball 

Makenzie Burk

Kelsy Hebert

Misty Dooley

Jill Ledford

Baseball 

Dillon Leveille

Codey McElroy

Ben Jones

Matt Nilmeyer

Women’s Basketball 

Charron Montgomery

Jade Herl

Brittany Harris

Ali Brown

Chelsea Stamp

Noelle Kindred

Lindsey Smith

Women’s Tennis 

Samantha Wood

Magdalena Kovinic

Florencia Tornero

Men’s Golf 

Dylan McClure

Quinton Tews

Corey Bounds

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