While the COVID-19 pandemic forced changes upon Northwestern State student-athletes, it did not stop their classroom success.
NSU saw 203 of its student-athletes honored on the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll – normally a biannual list that was combined to a one-time announcement because of the shifting 2020-21 athletic calendar.
Northwestern State’s total made it one of seven SLC schools to place 200 or more student-athletes on the list, led by Central Arkansas’ 251. To be eligible for the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 grade point average during the semester of competition.
Sixty-nine Northwestern State’s honorees posted perfect 4.0 GPAs, including 11 each from the NSU softball and women’s track and field teams. Football and soccer each had 10 members post 4.0 GPAs.
Despite competing in an unfamiliar time frame, Northwestern State fall sports student-athletes saw a higher percentage of their competitors reach the honor roll threshold as 58.1 percent posted at least a 3.0 GPA compared to 55.2 percent in the Fall 2019 semester.
All 13 Northwestern State volleyball players were named to the honor roll, helping the program notch a 9.3 percent gain in awardees.
The Lady Demon tennis team was a perfect 8-for-8 for the second straight season while women’s basketball (13.3 percent), men’s basketball (10 percent), soccer (4.3 percent) and football (3.8) also saw their overall percentage of student-athletes honored grow from the previous academic year.
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