Times Sports Editor
One of the most difficult transitions from high school to college is being able to balance the hectic schedule of course loads as well as potentially a job and trying to maintain any semblance of a social life.
If you add in to the mix, being a Division I college athlete and all that entails with practice time and traveling to meets and games, well you certainly have to be a master at time management.
Three former Northview Knights were rewarded recently for their academic skills at Indiana State University. Even more impressive is that all three are standout athletes for the Sycamores as well.
Seniors Brady Shoemaker and Nikki Royer each received recognition for their academic accomplishments as Shoemaker received the President's Council Academic Excellence Award, the Commissioner's Excellence Award and was also a member of the Valley Honor Roll as well.
Royer was also a member of the Missouri Valley Conference Honor Roll.
Jonson, who recently finished her sophomore year as a member of the Sycamore softball team, received the Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award.
A total of 142 Indiana State student-athletes have been named to the 2008-2009 Missouri Valley Conference Honor Roll, which was announced by the league office. Seven Sycamores received the Presidents Council Academic Award with 43 receiving the Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award.
The President's Council Academic Excellence Award requires a minimum of 3.8 cumulative grade point average (through fall 2008 semester), participation in athletics a minimum of two years, and the student-athlete must be within 18 hours of graduation.
The Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award requires a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average for the previous two semesters, a minimum 3.2 grade point average for the fall 2008 semester, and participation in athletics. Freshman are not eligible.
To qualify for the Valley Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have recorded a minimum 3.2 grade point average for a specified term (Fall 2008), must have been a member of an athletic team, and must have a minimum of 12 hours of enrollment during the fall.
Receiving the President's Council Academic Excellence Award were: Brady Shoemaker (Baseball); Michael Wenham (Men's Tennis); Scott Keeney (Men's Track & Field/Cross Country); Kyle Walsh (Men's Track & Field/Cross Country); Tiffany Reida (Women's Basketball); Kara Schilli (Women's Basketball); and Katherine Weber (Women's Track & Field/Cross Country).
For Shoemaker, the awards continued to pour in after a stellar two years with ISU.
This week he was named a 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).
Shoemaker, a physical education major with a 3.85 cumulative GPA at ISU, played and started in all 54 games this season for the Sycamores. The Brazil native hit .389 with 19 doubles, 14 home runs and 50 RBI for ISU and led the team in eight offensive categories including slugging percentage (.700), on base percentage (.508), runs scored (65), doubles (19), home runs (14), total bases (142), walks (43) and stolen base percentage (1.000, 7-7).
Shoemaker also posted a perfect fielding percentage on the season, as he did not commit an error in 77 chances in the field while also adding four outfield assists.
In two seasons at Indiana State, Shoemaker played and started in 104 games and hit .347 with 32 doubles, 23 home runs and 118 RBI. He also holds single-game records of three home runs, 10 RBI and 12 total bases which he set on May 17, 2008, against Illinois State in the regular-season finale with the Redbirds.
Jonson had a limited role with ISU during her freshman year, but started 28 games during her sophomore campaign.
She hit .197 in 76 at-bats with 15 hits, including four doubles, a homerun and four RBI. She also had a .933 fielding percentage for the Sycamores, that finished 20-27 overall and 10-15 in the MVC.
Royer, who is working on her Masters Degree in Business Administration, competes in the pole vault for the track and field team at ISU.
She graduates with the fifth best vault in school history at 12-1 ½ set in 2007 and has the third best outdoor vault at 12-1 ½ set in 2008.