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Four From Tech Named GSC All-Academic

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Madison Beaird, Nina Greenway, Shanda Jimeson and Ana Morales represent Arkansas Tech University on the 2011 Gulf South Conference All-Academic teams for spring sports.

GSC All-Academic team nominees must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better and must be significant contributors to their teams. Other factors include leadership, community service and extracurricular activities.

The GSC All-Academic teams are selected by a vote of sports information directors and faculty athletic representatives around the conference.

Beaird (photographed, top left) is a sophomore member of the Arkansas Tech baseball team. He has a 3.80 grade point average and is majoring in mechanical engineering.

A native of Russellville, Beaird hit .341 with three home runs and 41 runs batted in during the 2011 season. He was named to the All-GSC West Division team.

Greenway (photographed, top right) is a sophomore from Monticello. She competes as a member of the Golden Suns tennis team and is majoring in nursing. She carries a 3.87 GPA.

Greenway was 7-2 in singles matches and 4-1 in doubles matches during the recently completed season.

Named the most outstanding senior female student-athlete at Arkansas Tech in 2010-11, Jimeson (photographed, bottom left) earned a spot on the GSC All-Academic team for a third consecutive year. The Mansfield, Texas, native played second base for the Golden Suns softball team and hit .343 with four home runs and 27 RBIs on her way to earning All-GSC West Division honors in 2011.

Jimeson's major field of study is hospitality administration and her GPA is 3.67.

Morales (photographed, bottom right) is on the GSC All-Academic team for a second consecutive year. An all-conference performer on the course, Morales carried a 3.64 GPA while majoring in fisheries and wildlife science.

A product of Bogota, Colombia, Morales had a scoring average of 81.9 in 18 competitive rounds during the 2010-11 season.

In addition to its GSC All-Academic selections, Arkansas Tech also had a total of 27 student-athletes named to the 2011 GSC Academic Honor Roll for spring sports.

Student-athletes with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average are named to the GSC Academic Honor Roll.

The honorees for spring 2011 give Arkansas Tech a final total of 801 GSC Academic Honor Roll representatives during its 16-year affiliation with the Gulf South Conference.

Arkansas Tech will move forward to the new NCAA Division II Great American Conference in fall 2011.

Below, listed alphabetically, are Arkansas Tech's representatives on the GSC Academic Honor Roll for spring 2011:

Madison Beaird, Sophomore, Russellville
Thomas Biocic, Junior, Fort Smith
Danny Higginbotham, Senior, Bedford, Texas
Matt Johnson, Senior, Grand Saline, Texas
Chris Reese, Junior, Gilbert, Ariz.
Mason Reynolds, Sophomore, Pine Bluff
Michael Rezin, Junior, Kansas City, Kan.

Kyle Barton, Sophomore, Greenwood
Parker Hale, Sophomore, Benton
Slade Hames, Freshman, Rogers

Alyssia Duvall, Junior, Greenwood
Kyla McIsaac, Senior, Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada
Ana Morales, Senior, Bogota, Colombia
Niki Possage, Sophomore, Dardanelle
Elizabeth Sweetnam, Sophomore, London, England

Alex Doyle, Senior, Carrollton, Texas
Shelby Jo Fenter, Freshman, West Memphis
Jessica Fields, Senior, Springdale
Shanda Jimeson, Senior, Mansfield, Texas
Amy Kilpatrick, Sophomore, Celina, Texas
Maurie Lewis, Freshman, Sulphur Springs, Texas
Natalie Magie, Sophomore, Perryville
Morgan Rodgers, Junior, Mansfield, Texas

Maria Aleman, Sophomore, San Cristobal, Venezuela
Nina Greenway, Sophomore, Monticello
Brittany Turner, Junior, Pearcy
Michelle Yu, Senior, Flower Mound, Texas