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Valparaiso Recognizes 82 Student-Athletes at Annual Honors Banquet
President Heckler hands out the Laurel Award to Lindsey Gilman (left) and Alyssa Bradford on Sunday evening. (Ray Acevedo)
President Heckler hands out the Laurel Award to Lindsey Gilman (left) and Alyssa Bradford on Sunday evening. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Valparaiso University awarded 82 student-athletes with Presidential Academic Honors while also handing out the Laurel Award at the 19th Annual Academic Honors Banquet for Student-Athletes held on Sunday evening in the Harre Union.

Presidential Academic Honors are awarded to student-athletes who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.25-or-higher after at least three semesters at Valpo.

Alyssa Bradford (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago H.S.), and Lindsey Gilman (South Bend, Ind./Marian H.S.), both members of the cross country and track and field teams, were presented with the annual Laurel Award, honoring the graduating senior student-athlete who achieved the highest cumulative grade point average. This is the first time since 2007 that two individuals shared the honor.  Bradford is a secondary education major while Gilman is a chemistry major.

Bradford and Gilman also were two of six individuals to earn the Finishing at the Top honors, given to graduating seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 or higher.  Joining Bradford and Gilman in Finishing at the Top were soccer player Jackie Kondratko (South Bend, Ind./Granger H.S.), a mechanical engineering major, football player Adam Rundh (Aalborg, Denmark/Orjanskolan H.S.), a finance and international business double major, cross country and track and field athlete Windy Santa Cruz (Fall Creek, Wis./Fall Creek H.S.), a chemistry major, and baseball player Matt Stucky (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran H.S.), a finance major.

In addition, a pair of senior student-athletes annually give remarks on their experiences throughout their Crusader careers.  This year Gilman joined soccer player Steve Shively (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central H.S.) in the honor of addressing the nearly 150 student-athletes, families, administration members, and professors that were in attendance.