28 Northwood University Athletes Receive Awards

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Red River Athletic Conference Academic Awards Announced

CEDAR HILL, Texas –The Red River Athletic Conference GPA Awards recognize the schools and student-athletes who performed the best in the classroom during the 2011-12 academic year. Schools submitted the cumulative grade-point average of all student-athletes competing in RRAC-sanctioned sports for the most recent year.

“This is just another testament to the fact that here at Northwood the student is every bit as important as the athlete in ‘student-athlete’,” Athletic Director Jack Allday commented.  “Our young men and women work as hard in the classroom as they do on the playing field.”

Allday also noted the importance of the coaches in making sure that their athletes focus on academics.  “The coaches hold regular study halls, do grade checks, and just generally stay on top of how their players are doing academically,” Allday said.  “This is the best group of coaches we’ve had at Northwood in the 20 years I have been around here.”

Individual Northwood student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 GPA or better for the year are recognized below.


Austin Atwell -Baseball

Taylor Cloyd –Baseball

Adam Humes- Baseball

David Leonard -Baseball

Jose Reyna –Baseball

Clayton Woodruff – Baseball

Bradley Younts –Baseball

Bailey Bearden- Golf

Adam Gelmon -Golf

Drake Genna- Golf

Travis Kemp -Golf

Conner McMindes- Golf

Jeremy Novakowski –Golf

Daniel Stoakes- Golf

Derek Trofimczuk –Golf

 Cristin Heilker –Soccer

Katherine Knapp -Soccer

Rachael Knight -Soccer 

Marian De Moraes Michelon- Soccer

Shawn So- Soccer

Betsabe Torres- Soccer

Ken Walter –Soccer

 Bethany Armstrong -Softball

Loni Johnson -Softball

Alyssa Jones -Softball

Deborah Risenhoover- Softball

 Tara McCrory- Track

Natasha Norman -Track


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.