Six WVU Student-Athletes Earn Top Big 12 Academic Award

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    Six West Virginia University student-athletes were named recipients of the 10th annual Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, the Big 12 Conference’s highest academic honor.

    Those honored include Katie DeMeo (volleyball), Abby Kaufman (gymnastics), Ryan Kelly (swimming & diving), Philipp Matlari (golf), Julia Merwin (gymnastics) and Jack Portmann (swimming & diving).

    In all, 89 Big 12 student-athletes earned the honor.

    The award is in memory of Lage, who served as the Oklahoma State faculty athletics representative with the NCAA and the Big Eight/Big 12 Conference from 1983 until his death in 2007. He was the chairman on three occasions (1985-86, 1993-94 and 2003-04).

    In order to be eligible for the accolade, student-athletes must have lettered at least once in their career while maintaining residence at their institution for at least one academic year. The honoree, who can only be recognized once, should have 100 hours of earned credit with a cumulative grade point average of 3.80 at the time of the nomination.

    The 2020 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award recipients will receive public recognition at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships, scheduled for March 11-15, at the Sprint Center and Municipal Auditorium, in Kansas City.

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