Eight Wildcats Win Dr. Lage Academic Excellence Award

MANHATTAN, Kansas – Kansas State student-athletes continue to be recognized for excellence in the classroom as eight Wildcats received the 12th annual Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, which is the Big 12’s highest academic honor Conference, in an announcement made by the league office on Wednesday. .

The eight K-State recipients are: Emily Crain, soccer (kinesiology), Maguire Sullivan, soccer (biomedical engineering), Kaitlyn Henke, rowing (interior architecture and product design), Ellie Hahn, rowing (integrative physiology, gerontology), Kelsey Ladlie, Rowing (Life Sciences, Integrated Health Studies), Kate Odgers, Rowing (Biology), Jessica Schenk, Rowing (Marketing) and Kassidy Johnson, Women’s Athletics/Cross Country (Spanish/Dietetics/Nutrition & Health ).

A total of 166 student-athletes from Big 12 member institutions have won the honor in 2022. The award is in memory of Lage, who served as the Oklahoma State Faculty Athletics Representative with the NCAA and the Big Eight/Big 12 conference from 1983 until his death in 2007. He served as its president three times (1985-86, 93-94 and 2003-04).

Lage had been a member of the Oklahoma State family since 1966, when he joined the College of Business Administration as an assistant professor. During his tenure at OSU, he served as director of graduate studies in the economics department (1974-77), head of the economics and finance department (1978-84), director of the OSU Center for Commerce International and Development (1985-87) and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs at the College of Business Administration (1997-2004).

In order to be eligible for the distinction, student-athletes must have written at least once in their career while maintaining residency at their institution for at least one academic year. The winner, who can only be recognized once, must have 100 credit hours earned with a cumulative grade point average of 3.80 at the time of nomination.

The names of Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award recipients will be featured on the video board during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships, scheduled for March 9-12 at T-Mobile Center and March 10-13 at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City. .

K-State, a Tier 1 Carnegie Foundation institution, has had an outstanding start to the 2021-22 academic year by individual student-athletes and by its teams.

The football program has been honored this season by United Soccer Coaches with its third team academic award for classroom work.

To date, K-State student-athletes have been recognized by the conference with 74 Academic All-Big 12 recipients.

Brookelynn Entz of the football program was named to the College of America (CoSIDA) Directors of Sports Information All-America Third Team Academic All-America, while Landry Weber and Deuce Vaughn of football and Ayoka Lee of women’s basketball were named to the first CoSIDA All-District VII Academic Team. .

K-State Athletics saw 32 student-athletes receive their diplomas at the December 2021 graduation ceremonies at Bramlage Coliseum, with 18 earning their undergraduate degrees while the remaining 14 earned graduate degrees, a second undergraduate degree or master’s certificate.

K-State ranks among the top in the league in academic achievement as it continues to set a national standard in terms of RPA, as all programs are currently well above the required NCAA standard.

2021-22 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Excellence Award Recipients – Kansas State
Emily Crain, Sr., Soccer, Kinesiology
Maguire Sullivan, Sr., football, biomedical engineering
Kaitlyn Henke, Jr., rowing, interior architecture and product design
Ellie Hahn, Jr., rowing, integrative physiology, gerontology
Kelsey Ladlie, So., Rowing, Life Sciences, Integrated Health Studies
Kate Odgers, Jr., rowing, biology
Jessica Schenk, So., Rowing, Marketing
Kassidy Johnson, Sr., Women’s Athletics/Cross Country, Spanish/Diet/Nutrition & Health


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