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William Penn Athletes Earn Academic Laurels

By Melissa Lambrecht, January 28, 2014

Four members of last fall’s William Penn Statesmen football team were both productive on the field as well as in the books as the Mid-States Football Association announced its all-academic team this week.

Brock Peery (Sr., Payson, Utah, Secondary Education) topped the navy and gold with a 3.81 Grade Point Average, tying him for 22nd on the list.  The award is the second for Peery.  He is one of 38 student-athletes who were also honored in previous years.  A total of 115 players garnered the academic recognition throughout the Association.

Evan Ressler (Jr., Cascade, Iowa, Biology) was next with a 3.77 GPA, while Justin Lewis (Jr., Florence, Ala., Sociology) entered this spring with a 3.65 mark.  Sam Taylor (Jr., Eddyville, Iowa, Industrial Technology) also made the list with a 3.44 GPA.

To be eligible to be on the team, athletes must be of at least junior academic standing, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above on a 4.0 scale, and must be a varsity starter or key reserve player.

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