May 27, 2009
LAS VEGAS -
UNLV men's golfer Johnny Pinjuv, men's tennis' Mehdi Bouras and volleyball's Jessica Walters have earned the Most Outstanding Male and Female Scholar-Athlete awards for 2008, the athletics department announced Wednesday.
Pinjuv and Bouras, who tied for the top spot among all male student-athletes at UNLV, have earned the award for the first time, while Walters was recognized for the second straight year. The honor goes to the male and female student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade point average, while being a significant contributor to their sport during the 2008 season and have completed at least one academic year at UNLV.
Pinjuv and Bouras both carry a 3.93 GPA. Pinjuv is majoring in business with an emphasis in accounting, while Bouras is majoring in management. Walters has a 3.97 GPA and is majoring in journalism.
"I am so proud of our student-athletes," said Mike Hamrick, UNLV's Director of Athletics. "Our student-athletes continue to make great progress in the classroom and these are the best of the best. They are very deserving of the recognition and we appreciate all they have done and continue to do for UNLV."
A total of 140 UNLV student-athletes were honored in 2008 for achieving GPAs of 3.0 or higher and recognized as MWC and Mountain West Sports Federation (men’s soccer) Academic All-Conference recipients, which is a school record for most in a year. Last year, UNLV had 128 academic all-conference winners. Honorees also must have completed one academic semester at UNLV and have competed in 50 percent of the team's contests.
There were 39 UNLV student-athletes recognized for being named to the MWC's Scholar-Athlete Award list for having a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater in at least two semesters at UNLV. That number is up from 28 in 2007.
Forty-one individuals were honored as members of the Rebel Top 10 for attaining a GPA which places them in the top 10 percent of all student-athletes at UNLV. The award is based on cumulative GPAs of all student-athletes who have completed one full academic year at UNLV. This year's recipients have a GPA of 3.48 or higher. Last year's GPA cutoff for this award was 3.41.
The Pursuit of Perfection awards, which recognize those student-athletes with a 4.0 semester GPA, were also announced. Nine student-athletes earned a 4.0 in the fall of 2008, while four had a 4.0 in the spring of 2008.
Also announced were the top sports awards, which are given to the student-athletes with the highest cumulative GPA in their individual sports.
Top Sports Awards
Cheer - Courtni Low
Baseball - Kyle Kretchmer
Women's Basketball - Brittany Halberg
Men's Basketball - Mareceo Rutledge
Dance - Kallie Wickel
Football - Adam Gent
Women's Golf - Therese Koelbaek
Men's Golf - Michael "Johnny" Pinjuv
Women's Soccer - Kelly Labor
Men's Soccer - Nick Paterson
Softball - Brittany Bolinger
Women's Swimming & Diving - Marva Harpak
Men's Swimming & Diving - John Mendoza
Women's Tennis - Alisa Razina
Men's Tennis - Mehdi Bouras
Track & Cross Country - LaShante Ellison
Women's Volleyball - Jessica Walters