STILLWATER – Men's golfer Jordan Niebrugge and equestrian's Justine Peters took the top honors at Oklahoma State athletics' academic awards banquet Monday, with the two recognized as OSU's scholar-athletes of the year. The scholar-athlete Award is presented to both a male and female student-athlete who has been exemplary in the classroom, in the community and on the court or field of play.
Also honored as part of the evening's events were the 88 seniors who earned their degree and 20 student-athletes who were recognized for having a 4.0 cumulative grade point average, including four who have maintained that mark through four years of college – equestrian's Peters, Brenna Brawner and Amy White and spirit group member Jonah Lund.
Soccer's Niki McKnight and baseball's Remey Reed were presented with the Nate Fleming Award, which is presented each year to the male and female student-athletes who have overcome personal struggles in their lives by hard work, determination and effort, to excel not only in their sports but in the classroom and in life.
Also honored were the recipients of the senior director's chair award, which is selected by a committee and presented to the senior student-athletes who have successfully maintained a balance in academics while making a difference in their sports. This award goes to those seniors who exemplify what student-athletes should be.
The honorees were:
Maria Alvarez (women's tennis)
Natalie Baker (women's track & field)
Conor Costello (baseball)
Katie Jeanes (women's spirit group)
Jonah Lund (men's spirit group)
Brittney Martin (women's basketball)
Madison Mercado (soccer)
Nick Miller (men's track & field)
Jordan Niebrugge (men's golf)
Justine Peters (equestrian)
Bryant Reber (football)
Danielle Riddle (softball)
Ford Stuen (men's basketball)
Jakob Sude (men's tennis)
Amy White (equestrian)
More academic notes on Oklahoma State athletics:
Football had a teamrecord 65 student-athletes earn a 3.00 or better grade point average in the fall of 2015.
Thirteen Cowboys and Cowgirls graduated with honors in 2015, including football's Ryan Lester, men's basketball's Christien Sager, wrestling's Michael Martin and track and field's Mychelle Martin, all of whom graduated summa cum laude (3.94.0 grade point average).
During the 2015 calendar year (spring and fall semesters), Oklahoma State had 141 student-athletes named to the academic AllBig 12 squads, including 119 named to the first team with a 3.2 or better grade point average. Thirteen of those were recognized with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Fifty-two student-athletes were listed on the President's Honor Roll during the spring semester of 2015, while 47 were honored during the fall of 2015. Members of the President's Honor Roll achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA during that semester.
Eighty-four student-athletes were listed on the Dean's Honor Roll during the spring semester of 2015, while 75 were honored during the fall of 2015. Members of the Dean's Honor Roll achieved a 3.5 or better GPA during that semester.
Oklahoma State had 265 student-athletes named on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (3.0 or better GPA) for the spring of 2015 and 274 listed for the fall of 2015.
Sixty-three Cowboys and Cowgirls were named to their respective Coaches Association's Scholar-Athlete teams.
Eight different squads earned all-academic team awards from their respective Coaches Associations: men's and women's cross country, soccer, men's golf, men's and women's track & field, men's tennis and softball.
All 19 members of the men's and women's golf teams earned a 3.00 or better GPA for the fall of 2015.
She would tell you all the credit goes to the student-athletes but a huge congratulations is appropriate for Marilyn Middlebrook, who heads up the academic unit as the associate athletic director for student life/academics. Her unit includes Terry Henley, Nikki Jones, Agatha Adams, Alan Good, Jeremy Cook, Mike Noteware, Amy Randolph, Charles Verner, Tim McCue, Stephanie Coca, Jonene Cook, Jawauna Harding, and Connie Ralston.