Seven From Tech Voted GSC All-Academic

Seven Arkansas Tech University student-athletes from the fall sports have distinguished themselves by earning a spot on the 2010 All-Gulf South Conference All-Academic teams for football, volleyball and cross country.

Senior Danny Martin from the football program and junior Laura Farney from the volleyball program were both unanimous GSC All-Academic selections.

It is the third consecutive GSC All-Academic award for Martin, a linebacker from Tulsa, Okla. He is majoring in mechanical engineering.

Farney, an outside hitter from Morton, Ill., was named GSC All-Academic for a second consecutive year. She is studying Spanish education at Arkansas Tech.

Like Martin, Tech cross country team member Lauren Karnitz earned her third consecutive GSC All-Academic award. Karnitz is a senior nursing major from DeSoto, Kan.

Martin was joined on the football GSC All-Academic team by Tech teammates Jake Denzer and Drake Widener.

Denzer is a junior social studies education major from Elkins. Widener is a product of Beebe. He is a junior majoring in health and physical education.

The Arkansas Tech volleyball program also had three representatives on the GSC All-Academic teams for fall 2010. Farney was joined by senior middle blocker Sarah Von Lienen of Lakeland, Tenn., and junior outside hitter Brennae Benda of Woodstock, Ill.

It is the second career GSC All-Academic award for Von Lienen, who was also a member of the 2008 honor squad.

Von Lienen is majoring in art, while Benda’s major field of study is hospitality administration.

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.

In addition to its seven representatives on the GSC All-Academic teams, Arkansas Tech also had 22 fall sports student-athletes qualify for the GSC Academic Honor Roll for the fall 2010 semester.

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

Arkansas Tech has placed 766 student-athletes on the GSC Academic Honor Roll since joining the league in 1995-96.

Below, listed alphabetically by the sport they play, are Arkansas Tech’s representatives on the GSC Academic Honor Roll for fall 2010:

Kaitlin Bounds, Freshman, Russellville
Amanda Bradbury, Freshman, Bauxite
Lauren Karnitz, Senior, DeSoto, Kan.
Bailee Miller, Sophomore, Dover
Cheryl Nolan, Freshman, Carlow, Ireland

Eric Coble, Junior, Pottsville
Jake Denzer, Junior, Elkins
Ethan Gammill, Freshman, Mountain View
Josh Green, Sophomore, Nashville
Shane Jackson, Freshman, Marshall
Danny Martin, Senior, Tulsa, Okla.
Robert Sagerian, Senior, San Diego, Calif.
Drake Widener, Junior, Beebe

Brennae Benda, Junior, Woodstock, Ill.
Stephanie Channell, Freshman, Prosper, Texas
Kera Dukic, Senior, White Lake, Mich.
Laura Farney, Junior, Morton, Ill.
Lindsey Layes, Freshman, Fort Smith
Marcela Mascarenhas, Junior, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Kelly O’Malley, Junior, Billings, Mont.
Brittany Ryan, Sophomore, Mena
Sarah Von Lienen, Senior, Lakeland, Tenn.