Fifteen fall athletes earn Distinguished Scholar Award from MAC

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| WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Mid-American Conference selected 15 Western Michigan University fall student athletes as distinguished scholars for excelling in athletics and academics during the 2014-15 season.

Faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions selected a total of 194 student athletes representing the 'best of the best' from each sport's Academic All-MAC Teams for the 2014-15 season.

At WMU, women's soccer led the way with seven honorees, followed by three from football, two each from men's soccer and volleyball and one from cross country.


Women's cross country

  • Ann Marie Arseneau; senior from Sturgis; 3.96 GPA; special education.

Men's soccer

  • Connor Furgason; junior from Plymouth; 3.6 GPA; marketing.
  • Jason Grant; senior from St. Louis, Missouri, 3.84 GPA; civil engineering.

Women's soccer

  • Mackenzie Barber; sophomore from Rochester; 4.0 GPA; secondary education.
  • Rachel Chaney; senior from Shelby Township; 3.92 GPA; occupational therapy.
  • Ariana Donahue; senior from Lapeer; 3.9 GPA; general psychology.
  • Nicole Hatcliffe; senior from Bury, England; 3.43 GPA; public relations.
  • Stephanie Heber; sophomore from Rochester Hills; 3.69 GPA; health education.
  • Lindsey Lee; junior from Midland; 3.67 GPA; exercise science.
  • Irene Young; junior from Troy; 3.86 GPA; marketing.


  • Alysia Baznik; sophomore from Naperville, Illinois; 3.64 GPA; pre-special education: learning disability/cognitive impairments, elementary age.
  • Lexie Pawlik; senior from Granger, Indiana; 3.54 GPA; early childhood education.


  • Justin Currie; senior from Big Rapids; 3.55 GPA; criminal justice.
  • J. Schroeder; junior from Columbus, Ohio; 3.39 GPA; political science/public law.
  • Zach Terrell; sophomore from Fort Wayne, Indiana; 3.72 GPA; finance.

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