Story by Zee Nwuke
Fifty-five Metro athletes were named to the spring Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, including 12 who graduated this spring and seven more that will graduate this summer. Student-athletes are required to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher during a semester to be eligible.
“It’s good because it gives the students something to work for academically as well as athletically. It’s nice that our hard work in the classroom is acknowledged as well as on the field,” sophomore soccer forward Karisa Price said.
The women’s soccer team excelled on the field and in the classroom this spring, with the most honorees in the athletic department at 11.
“Soccer is a window in their life, but their academics and their education is going to get them to where they want to go in the long term,” head coach Adrianne Almaraz said.
The Metro softball team had seven names on the list, the second highest number of honorees, giving the team a cumulative GPA of 3.35. Metro State’s average GPA for all student-athletes was 3.08 for the spring semester, with six teams holding higher than a 3.0 average. The softball team’s average GPA was 3.35, women’s basketball was 3.33, women’s soccer was 3.28, women’s tennis was 3.27, men’s basketball was 3.21, and volleyball was 3.19.
Students work hard to make the AD’s honor roll, balancing life between sports, class and everyday activity. Athletics is part of what keeps them so motivated.
“What motivates me is not letting down my coaches and my teammates,” sophomore tennis player Kelly Vu said. “I don’t want to be ineligible and have to let them down.”