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Twelve Sioux Falls student-athletes received this honor, the most of any school in the NSIC.
Courtesy: USF Athletics

League-Best 12 Senior Student-Athletes Named NSIC Myles Brand Award Recipients

Courtesy: USF Athletics
          Release: 01/23/2013
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Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Commissioner Butch Raymond is proud to announce the fourth annual NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award winners. The honor, named for the late NCAA President Dr. Myles Brand, is bestowed to senior NSIC student-athletes who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher, are exhausting their eligibility and are on track to graduate. Each student-athlete will be recognized by the NSIC with a certificate of achievement and a wrist watch. Furthermore, each institution is highly encouraged to have these student-athletes be publicly recognized at a home athletic event. A total of 80 student-athletes from the NSIC's 16 institutions will receive the award in its fourth year.

"The NSIC is excited to have this opportunity to honor an elite group of our student-athletes for their accomplishments. We feel very privileged to name the award after Dr. Brand in recognition of his strong support and the continued emphasis he placed on academics in the ‘Life in Balance' theme of Division II," said Raymond.

Dr. Myles N. Brand, visionary leader, educator and reformer, served as the President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 2003-2009. He passed away in September 2009 at the age of 67 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Brand presided over passage of the most comprehensive academic reform package for intercollegiate athletics in recent history - a package that refocused the attention of student-athletes, coaches and administrators on the education of student-athletes. Brand also changed the national dialog on college sports to emphasize the educational value of athletics participation and the integration of intercollegiate athletics with the academic mission of higher education. His impact on Division II ran deep by implementing an identity campaign and a strategic-positioning platform tied to specific divisional attributes. He challenged Division II to continue its game-environment and community-engagement focus, and improve academic success rates.

Twelve Sioux Falls student-athletes has received this honor, the most of any school in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Sioux Falls Honorees (in alphabetical order)

Holli Aggen
Worthington, Minn.

Nathan Bridgman
Track & Field
Wessington Springs, S.D.
Business Administration

Kayla Coffee
Track & Field
Alliance, Neb.
Sports Management

Emily Johnson
Spencer, Iowa

Kelsey Krcil
Wagner, S.D.
Elementary Ed

Katie Larson
New Ulm, Minn.
Elementary Ed

David Maxwell
Parkston, S.D.
Elementary Ed

Grant Schouten
Track & Field
Hawarden, Iowa
Elementary Ed

Naomi Tesar
Lake Villa, Ill.
Applied Math

Caitlin Vance
Papillion, Neb.
Ex. Sci/Spanish

Brady Velgersdyk
Track & Field
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Business Administration

Leah Wensmann
Track & Field
Aberdeen, S.D.

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