Carson-Newman to honor record-setting number of Eagle Scholars with ceremony Aug. 30

Carson-Newman to honor record-setting number of Eagle Scholars with ceremony Aug. 30

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Year four for the Carson-Newman Eagle Scholars program saw a record number of Carson-Newman student athletes named to the school's athletic department honor roll. 

Carson-Newman University will welcome 160 student-athletes into its Eagle Scholars Program during its annual awards ceremony Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Holt Fieldhouse. The group marks the program's fourth class inducted since it began in 2013, and, by far its largest. 

Last year, the program set a record with 129 honorees. This year's 160-member class is an increase of 24 percent.

The Eagle Scholars Program recognizes academic achievements among Carson-Newman student-athletes. To become an Eagle Scholar, student-athletes must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher. Eagle Scholars receive a patch to wear on their uniforms during regular season competition.  This year also marks the first year that the program also includes the introduction of the Gold Scholars. These honorees will receive a golden patch to wear on their uniforms for maintaining a GPA higher than 3.75.

Carson-Newman is the only school in the South Atlantic Conference to offer such a program.

It was the teamwork of Gloria Walker and Amy Humphrey, members of the University's Student Success Center that helped to bring the program together in 2013.

"I'm excited about our fourth Annual Eagle Scholars Ceremony as we highlight the academic accomplishments of our student-athletes," Walker said. "Every sports team showed an increase in the number of Eagle Scholars. This is a true testament to the commitment and dedication of our student-athletes, our coaches and our faculty and staff as they achieve academic excellence."

Following an inaugural membership of 72, the program in 2014 honored 93 students during its ceremony as qualified Eagle Scholars. Membership in the program increased 29 percent from year one to year two, and 38.7 percent from year two to year three.  Overall, it's a 122 percent increase in the program from its inaugural year to now. 

Tuesday's proceedings will be streamed live at

BASEBALL Konnor Ambrose, Vincent Apicella †, Steven Carver, Ryan Eberle, Jordan Hinshaw, Paul Kirby, Trever Lee, Eric Lynch, Grant Rabbitts, Brandon Roberts †, Joseph Sales, Tristan Stalsworth, Harley Thompson, Mark Treadway, Mitchell Trzeciak †, Greg Valentine, Ryan Victory,

MEN'S BASKETBALL Mason Bates, Taylor Hawkins, Josh Leatherwood †, Zach Pangallo, Robert Rayle, Sawyer Williams,

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Kailyn Brooks, Kaitlyn Cupples, Allison Hodge, Jai Jai McLaughlin †, Kayla Newman, Taylor Peterson †, Haris Price, Kianna Sedlacek †, Jecca Simerly, Katie Stubblefield, Abigail Tinsley, Mika Wester,

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY & TRACK Randall Freeman, Kieran Davis, Noah Hill, Anthony Jackson, Jeremiah McCarter, Matt Rust †, Marshall Shank, Tanner Stepp, Christian Stumpf, Lee Wells

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY & TRACK Tori Gaul, Hannah Green, Sara Honaker, Abriana Lockett †, Aiyana Martino †, Savanah McCarter, Tiana Mills, Kiayna O'Neal †, Kathlean O'Neill, Ashlyne Page, Madison Pickel, Sarah Sharp, Rebekah White

FOOTBALL Lane Bloom, Phalen Booker, Thomas Brown, Kooper Davis, Jared Dillingham, Bailey Feathers, Daniel Gallman, Jeffery Herron, Hayden Hester, Rashad Hunter, Charles Leavell, Phillip Lewis, Jonathan Mason †, Tavon Murray, Quinton Phillips, Stokes Rowe, Demitri Saulsberry, Trey Torres, Christopher Wise

MEN'S GOLF Corey Bray †, Eduardo Carrillo Salinas †, Richard Hall †, Nathan Hodge †, Thomas Hutson, Ben Kennard, Nicklaus Kennedy †, Anthony Marcinelli, Dalton Reese, Grant Roberts

WOMEN'S GOLF Elizabeth England, Jessica Hart, Meridith Hawkins †, Taylor Hayes, Kelli Pemberton †, Rebekah Pruett †, Summer Smith,

MEN'S SOCCER Samuel Amure, Polymnios Avgousti, Bruno Andrade, Luke Greer *, Casper Nyberg, Thomas Read, Colton Seale, Lucas Siqueira †, Marius Staalby, James Ward †, Sindre Welo †, Alexander White †, Travis Whitt, Aaron Zavolokin,

WOMEN'S SOCCER Jacqueline Burns, Jessica Fraiture, Gabrielle Gianeselli, Mikayla Gregg †, Julianne Herrity, Chelsea Jordan, Nora Logan, Nickki McWilliams †, Lauren Morelock †, Helen Seed Holly, Talbut-Smith *

SOFTBALL Janelle Benzick, Delaney Brown, Hayley Burnette †, Ashlyn Cooper, Elayna Siebert †, Samantha Stanley, Allison Webster

SPIRIT SQUAD CHEER Allison Blevins, Laken Carney, Alex Harber, Rachel Justice, Brandi Lewis †, Sarah Beth Maddox, Sydney McCormack, Kelly Mrock, Ali Patterson, Sydney Rayho, Erin Steelman, Abbey Stiles, McKenzie Vanvactor

DANCE Keaton Evans, Amy Holsomback, Kathleen Mazza, Lauren Murph, Brittany Parker †

MEN'S SWIMMING Ryan Burcham, Joshua Graves, Joshua Grover, Seth Hughes, Carson Knox, Jonathan Lancaster, Pijus Mackevicius, Justin McCarty, Benjamin McCrary, Andrei Roman, Garrett Stelling, Joshua Terrell, Andrew Wheeler, Josh Winn

WOMEN'S SWIMMING Gillian Cline, Ellyse Culp, Courtlyn Fields, Elizabeth Gitto, Emily Loftis, Bethany McNabb, Maggie Melhorn, Ksenia Naydenova, Alexandra Nuyianes, Eliza Petersen, Lisa Postma, Nancy Claire Smith, Margaret Stansberry, Jacquelyn Stone, Olivia Winkler

MEN'S TENNIS Jesus Bacete-Sanz, Marc Bantel, Joao Pedro Oliveira, Kevin Mendes

WOMEN'S TENNIS Merry Carson, Haleigh Chastain †, Patricia Guerreiro †, Mallory Jackson

VOLLEYBALL Eileen Anderson, Sara Fairley †, Allison Foster, Morgan Harlan, Natalie Harris, Kristina Hill †, Allison King, Molly Locke †, Taylor Lowe, Anna Patton, Hannah Robertson, Lindsey Wells †