Valparaiso Recognizes 107 Student-Athletes at Annual Honors Banquet
Softball Player Karen Korb received the Laurel Award. (Ray Acevedo)
Softball Player Karen Korb received the Laurel Award. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Valparaiso University awarded 107 student-athletes with Presidential Honors while also handing out the Laurel Award at the 18th Annual Academic Honors Banquet for Student-Athletes which was held on Sunday evening in the Harre Union.

Presidential Honors are awarded to student-athletes who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.25-or-higher after at least three semesters at Valpo.  All 18 sports in addition to cheerleaders and Crusaderettes had student-athletes obtain the honor.

Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran H.S.), a member of the softball program, was presented with the annual Laurel Award, honoring the graduating senior student-athlete who achieved the highest cumulative grade point average. A finance and marketing double also earned the Finishing at the Top Award – honoring graduating senior student-athletes who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.9-or-higher.

In addition, a pair of senior student-athletes annually give remarks on their experiences throughout their Crusader careers.  This year, basketball player Jake Diebler (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky H.S.) and soccer player Jackie Thomas (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest H.S.) had the honor of addressing the approximately 175 student-athletes, families, administration members, and professors that were in attendance.