Loyola honors 92 Scholar-Athletes at Annual Awards Ceremony

Tue, 04/30/2013

Manuel Gandara was one of nine honored as a NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete

(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans honored 92 student-athletes at the Ninth Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Ceremony in the St. Charles Room of the Danna Center Monday evening.

Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dr. Michael Giorlando served as the Master of Ceremonies as the Wolf Pack honored student-athletes across the four colleges at Loyola. The College of Business celebrated 37 student- athletes, the College of Humanities and Natural Science honored 33. The College of Social Sciences had 15 student-athletes recognized while seven from the College of Music and Fine Arts received awards.

Students were honored on the bronze team if their GPA for the 2012 calendar year fell between 3.00 and 3.49. Silver team recognition was earned if a student’s GPA was between 3.5 and 3.99 while gold team was reserved for a 4.0 GPA. The Cross Country/Track team and the baseball team each had 21 people recognized. Women’s Volleyball had 15 players honored with men’s basketball following with 14. Women’s Basketball had 11 honorees, while the tennis team had nine members recognized. The newly formed golf team contributed one honoree.

Jacquelyn Gross (XC/Track), William Maye (XC/Track), Rachel Lopez (Volleyball), Amy Sprout (WBB), Francesca Vaccaro (XC/Track), and Julia Falco (Golf) were the six student-athletes who were named to the gold team for their academic efforts for the spring 2012 and fall 2012.

Additionally nine Wolf Pack players received awards as Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes: Richard Dempsey (Baseball), Braden LaRuffa (Baseball), Justin Romaire (Baseball), Jenna Knoblach (XC/Track), Kenny Tsao (XC/Track), Galen Westerfield (XC/Track), Sarah Tortorich (Track), Manuel “Rocco” Gandara (MBB), and Kaitlyn Broadbent (Volleyball).

The women’s cross country team finished with the highest team GPA for the 2012 calendar year as the entire squad combined for a 3.39 GPA. The men’s cross country team had a 3.34 GPA to top the male teams.

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