Spartan Student Athletes Excel In Classroom, Record-Number of President’s and Dean’s Scholars

San Jose, Calif.—Another banner year for the athletics department in the classroom has a department record 146 student-athletes, cheer squad members and student workers recognized as either a President's Scholar or Dean's Scholar at San José State University.
The 59th annual Honors Convocation recognizing the academic excellence of the student body is scheduled for Friday, April 23 at 4 p.m. Click here for the virtual celebration honoring the 2,764 undergraduate students who have achieved the distinction of President's Scholars. After the virtual ceremony, visit the Recognition webpage  to view the names of honorees and their personal slides.
To earn a President's Scholar designation, a student must earn a 4.00 grade-point average in one of the two semesters (Spring 2020 & Fall 2020) before the Honors Convocation. A Dean's Scholar is a San José State student with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average in a semester during the same academic calendar.
A record number 45 student-athletes from 15 sports are designated as a President's Scholar. It is the third-consecutive year that the department saw an improvement in the number of honorees.
"We are so incredibly proud of our student-athletes for earning the distinguished honors of President's Scholar and Dean's Scholar. It has been an unbelievably challenging year for them as they balanced academic, athletics, employment, and everyday life commitments in the middle of a pandemic. They embark on a rigorous journey when becoming a student-athlete, and once again they have demonstrated Spartan academic success at the highest level. It gives us great pride knowing that earning a college degree will be one of their biggest accomplishments. We would also like to commend the important work of our Student-Athlete Success Services team, faculty, peer tutors, peer mentors, parents/guardians, and to the student-athletes themselves for prioritizing academics.  Success is best celebrated when we can also recognize others who may have helped us along the way," said Eileen Daley, deputy director of internal operations.
Four Spartans are President's Scholars for the third time – Kai Bohannon, cross country/track & field; Gabby Heng, swimming & diving; Andrew Jenkins, football; and Shelby Mullendore, swimming & diving.
"For the third straight year, we have a record number of student-athletes that earned President's Scholar and Dean's Scholar academic honors. Not only did we see a 34 percent increase of honorees from last year, but a remarkable 65 percent increase from two years ago," said Director of Athletics Marie Tuite.
"It should also be noted our student-athletes were able to accomplish these remarkable achievements despite an immense challenge presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. This result is a testament to not only the student-athletes themselves, but also to the incredible commitment by our faculty, coaching staffs and our academic support staff, led by Julie Stansberry, Interim Associate Director for Student-Athlete Success Services. The word student-athlete is one word...it's hyphenated and we take both parts of the word seriously, with success in the classroom being our highest priority. Stating I am 'proud' of their efforts and results is an understatement....this accomplishment is a point of pride for everyone involved with this Athletics program."
All 22 sports are represented among the 146 honorees, including six teams who have double-digit honorees - football with 15 honorees, women's swimming and diving with 14 honorees, women's water polo with 13 honorees and men's water polo, softball and cheerleading each with 12 honorees. Swimming and diving and women's water polo each had six President's Scholars, while softball had five President's Scholars.

  Gallery: (4-22-2021) President's Scholars
President's Scholars (45)

Riley Agerbeek Women's Water Polo Justice Studies
Megan Anderson Women's Basketball Public Health
Chelsey Andrada Women's Gymnastics Kinesiology
Kajsa Arwefjäll Women's Golf Accounting & Finance
Lior Ben David Women's Water Polo Info Systems & Technology
Cameron Blakely Volleyball Justice Studies
Kai Bohannon Women's Cross Country Mathematics
Suzy Brookshire  Softball Sociology
Louisa Carlbom Women's Golf Mathematics
Alice Ciobanu Swimming & Diving Kinesiology
Cassidy Clark Softball Public Health
Jack Colette Baseball Communication Studies
Tamara Culibrk Women's Tennis Civil & Environmental Engineering
Elaina Davey Women's Water Polo Aviation
Jillian Figueroa Softball Justice Studies
Jadan Gonzalez Women's Golf School of Management
Shannon Haddad Softball Justice Studies
Cole Haft Cheerleading Radio/TV/Film
Gabby Heng Swimming & Diving Anthropology
Selena Hoang Cheerleading Psychology
Andrew Jenkins Football Political Science
Sophia Jones Women's Basketball Radio/TV/Film
Ethan Koch Men's Water Polo Political Science
Ryann Lucchesi Women's Water Polo Undeclared
Connor Macmillan Men's Water Polo General Engineering
Nick Marchione Men's Water Polo Anthropology
Lara Marco Mas Women's Tennis Nutritional Science/Applied Nutrition
Reagan Mathieson Swimming & Diving Biomedical Engineering
Jaiden McClellan  Women's Soccer Political Science
Gwen Mikkelsen Softball Justice Studies/Criminology
Klara Milojkovic Women's Tennis Psychology
Shelby Mullendore Swimming & Diving Economics
Jacqueline Nisson Swimming & Diving Environmental Studies
Juliette Noyer Women's Cross Country Biomedical Engineering
John Reid Men's Water Polo Undeclared - Pre-Nursing
Jordan Rowell Women's Soccer Undeclared
Jenna Schwartz Cheerleading Psychology
Savannah Sendar Women's Tennis Business Administration/Finance
Sarah Smevog Volleyball Environmental Studies
Bailey Stubblefield Women's Water Polo Design
Negin Tehranian-Torghabeh Swimming & Diving Psychology
Madison Toomer Women's Soccer Kinesiology
Lili Urvari Women's Water Polo Communication Studies
Andy Wang Men's Track & Field Computer Science
Maddie White Women's Golf Communication Studies

Dean's Scholars (101)

Allyson Alden Volleyball Psychology
Abby Alvarez Volleyball Communicative Disorders & Sciences
Neil Arnett Men's Water Polo Applied Mathematics
Travis Benham Football Anthropology/Behavioral Science
Caitlin Bettenay Beach Volleyball Kinesiology
Zsofia Botka Women's Water Polo Kinesiology
Dalton Bowling Baseball Communication Studies
Ethan Briens Men's Soccer Sociology
Kara Burns Women's Soccer Child & Adolescent Development
R.J. Cesario Men's Golf Communication Studies
Daria Cocol Swimming & Diving Accounting & Finance
Andre Crump Football Business Administration/Management
Olga Descalzi Portell Women's Water Polo Mechanical Engineering
Harminder Dhaliwal Men's basketball Business Administration/General Business
Jalend Dinwiddie Football Computer Science
Ida Due Swimming & Diving Kinesiology
Makayla Englestad Softball Business Administration/Marketing
Morgan Eoff Cheerleading Business Administration/Entrepreneurship
Trevor Ernt Baseball Communication Studies
Yahav Fire Men's Water Polo Computer Science
Molly Florence Cheerleading Justice Studies/Criminology
Alani Fluker Women's Basketball Public Health
Natasha Forrand Gymnastics Physics
Hailey Fortner Cheerleading Undeclared-Pre-Nursing
Izzie Fraire Swimming & Diving Nutritional Science/Applied Nutrition
Mamie Keith Garard Volleyball Radio-Television-Film
Ronniell Garcia Football Student Asst. Radio-Television-Film
Grace Garvey Softball Kinesiology
MacKenzie Garza Swimming & Diving English
Josh Gomez Football Justice Studies
Megan Green Swimming & Diving Communication Studies
Madison Grimes Swimming & Diving English
Cade Hall Football Business Administration/Management
Hannah Hall Women's Soccer Communication Studies
Robert Hamchuk Baseball Communication Studies
Jamaar Hardy Football Psychology
Natasha Harris Women's Soccer Communication Studies
Hannah Henry Women's Water Polo Justice Studies
Niels Hofmeijer Men's Water Polo Mechanical Engineering
Brae Ivey Men's Basketball Communication Studies
Alexus Jackson Women's Soccer Biological Sciences
Milan Jackson Cheerleading Radio-Television-Film
Tre Jenkins Football Justice Studies
Taylor Justus Baseball Kinesiology
Madison Kirsch Gymnastics Kinesiology
Mark Kis Men's Water Polo Business Administration/Entrepreneurship
Nysiah LeGardye Women's Track & Field Psychology
Kiley Lingenfelter Beach Volleyball Communication Studies
Max Lockridge    Equipment Room Psychology
Spencer Long Baseball Sociology
Giacomo Lovatelli Men's Water Polo Psychology
Janessa Lozano Softball Justice Studies
Malia Luna Softball Chemical Engineering
Anna Maria Luther Women's Water Polo Kinesiology
Antonia Malate Women's Golf Communication Studies
Jered Mariani Men's Soccer Business Administration/Finance
Antonia Marquez Gymnastics Business Administration/Management
Alii Matau Football Child & Adolescent Development
Makenna Mathieson Swimming & Diving Psychology
Jada Mazury Gymnastics Business Administration/Marketing
Julieta Mendiola Gymnastics Liberal Studies
Matt Mercurio Football Humanities
Evelin Meza Women's Cross Country Political Science
Willy Miranda Men's Soccer Spanish
Eduardo Miranda Men's Soccer Spanish
Madyson Montoya Cheerleading Journalism
Harry Nixon Men's Water Polo Biological Sciences
Sam Olson Football Environmental Studies
Carli Orcutt Women's Gymnastics Public Health
Jordyn Parr Women's Golf Business Administration/Management
Rebecca Petoe Swimming & Diving Chemistry
Jacey Phipps Softball Liberal Studies
Justin Pickering Men's Water Polo Communication Studies
Omar Pina Men's Cross Country Kinesiology
Marko Radanovic Men's Water Polo Psychology
Phoebe Rapoza Women's Soccer Kinesiology
Devon Rapp Cheerleading Psychology
Hailey Robledo Cheerleading Sociology/Social Interaction
Daniela Salazar-Salas Women's Track & Field Kinesiology
Jennifer Sandoval Women's Cross Country Psychology
Michael Savin Men's Golf Business Administration/Marketing
Parker Sisk Men's Golf Business Administration/Finance
Darian Siu Cheerleading Nutritional Science/Dietetics
Alexa Solomon Gymnastics Nutritional Science/Applied Nutrition
Sophia Spivack Women's Water Polo Business Administration/General Business
Kelsea Steele Cheerleading Public Health
Danielle Suh Women's Golf Kinesiology
Tyanna Supreme Women's Water Polo Biological Sciences
David Sweeney Men's Soccer Psychology
Beaux Tagaloa Football Communication Studies
Romero Teu Football Psychology
Ryann Thomison Volleyball Nutritional Science/Applied Nutrition
Aubrey Tibbils Football Student Asst. Advertising
Taylor Tiger Softball Design Studies
Jocylyn Vidal Softball Business Administration/Finance
Clarissa Wandinger Women's Water Polo Business Administration/General Business
John Weiss Football Communication Studies
Malik Welch Football Communication Studies
Meredith Williams Football Student Asst. Art/Photography
Jonathan Wiltfang Baseball Communication Studies
Finlay Wood Men's Soccer Communication Studies