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Patriots honored for Academic Achievement

TYLER, May 1, 2013-- The UT Tyler athletics department celebrated some of the many student-athletes who excel on the field and court as well as the classroom at the 2013 Student-Athlete Awards Luncheon.  14 Patriots were honored for their exceptional work in the classroom and competition.

10 athletes were inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society for the 2012-13 season, while seven athletes were named as finalists for the UT Tyler Student-Athlete of the Year award. 

Matt Sheppard, Baylee Talaska and Joey Cronin were also named as finalists for the American Southwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Year award.

Jake Waddingham, a member of the Track and Field team was named as the 2012-13 Male Student-Athlete of the Year while softball player Joey Cronin was named the Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

Cronin, Sheppard, Sergio Gardea, Rachel Howell, Steven Paramore, Chris Powell, Taylor Sells, Charity Shipman, Amanda Weaver and Carli Wheeler were inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society, which  is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor those collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition. Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes college students who receive a varsity letter in their sport while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior and senior years.

Finalists for the 2012-13 UT Tyler Student Athlete of the Year Award:  (*- Denotes Winner)

*Joey Cronin - Softball

Amy Friesenhahn - Women's Tennis

Matt Sheppard - Baseball

Jordan Sloane - Women's Golf

Ryan Spencer - Men's Tennis

*Jake Waddingham - Men's Track and Field

Amanda Weaver - Women's Soccer

American Southwest Conference Scholar Athlete Award Finalists:

Matt Sheppard - Baseball

Baylee Talaska - Women's Cross Country and Track & Field

Carli Wheeler - Softball

Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society Inductees:

Joey Cronin - Softball

Sergio Gardea - Men's Soccer

Rachel Howell - Softball

Steven Paramore - Baseball

Chris Powell - Men's Soccer

Taylor Sells - Softball

Matt Sheppard - Baseball

Charity Shipman - Women's Soccer

Amanda Weaver - Women's Soccer

Carli Wheeler - Softball

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