AWARD: Bishop, Tutt earn ASC Scholar-Athlete Medal Of Honor

Thursday, May 31, 2018
by ascsports.org

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RICHARDSON - UT Tyler's Alex Bishop and Stephanie Tutt are two of 26 graduating student-athletes from the 13 ASC member institutions who have been honored by the conference and their institutions as 2017-18 ASC Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor recipients.
 
The ASC Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor is presented to one male and one female member of the graduating class who has compiled the most outstanding record in academics, athletics and leadership over their collegiate career. The award is presented annually by the Faculty Athletics Representative at each conference member institution.
 
Recipients of the 2017-18 ASC Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor represent 13 different conference sports and include individuals who graduated with academic honors, hold admission to graduate-level programs, are members of academic honor societies and campus organizations; competed on national, conference or division title teams; earned ASC All-Academic, Distinguished Scholar-Athlete and All-Conference honors; and who served as volunteers, tutors and mentors within the campus and the community.
 
ASC 2017-18 Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor Award Recipients
Member Scholar-Athlete Major(s) Sport(s) Hometown
Belhaven Somto Ngwudike Chemistry Soccer Onitshia, Nigeria
  Brooklyn Schumaker Biology Cross Country / Track Moscow, Idaho
Concordia Texas Michael Evan Secondary School Curriculum Baseball Cameron, Texas
  Carly Custer Business Management Volleyball League City, Texas
East Texas Baptist Dylan Sumpter Business Administration Baseball Tyler, Texas
  Abby Weaver International Studies Volleyball Dallas, Texas
Hardin-Simmons Danny Benyamin Environmental Science Soccer Cedar Park, Texas
  Kirsten Parrish Biology Soccer Granbury, Texas
Howard Payne Jaze Randolph Accounting Basketball / Tennis Gustine, Texas
  Kayla Boucher Marketing Softball Tomball, Texas
LeTourneau Gonzalo Sosa Business Management Baseball Houston, Texas
  Korissa White Early Child-6th Gr. Education Volleyball Topeka, Kan.
Louisiana College Ryan Morris Biology Football Baton Rouge, La.
  Mattie Stine Social Studies Education Softball Hackberry, La.
Mary Hardin-Baylor Zane Boles Pre-Physical Therapy Football Henderson, Texas
  Sarah Rempe Cellular Biology Soccer Lewisville, Texas
McMurry Chris Baker History – Grades 8-12 Baseball San Angelo, Texas
  Symphony Munoz Sociology Tennis Monahans, Texas
Ozarks Spencer Turner Accounting Tennis Pearcy, Ark.
  Roseanna Ezell Accounting Basketball Quitman, Ark.
Sul Ross State Caleb Thomasson Interdisciplinary Studies Basketball Ackerly, Texas
  Lauren Ebbs Kinesiology / Science Soccer Dublin, Ireland
UT Dallas Danny Meyer Global Bus. / Intl. Political Econ. Soccer Phoenix, Ariz.
  Stefanie Polderman Biochemistry Softball West Vancouver, B.C.
UT Tyler Alex Bishop Mechanical Engineering Baseball Calgary, Alberta
  Stephanie Tutt Civil Engineering Golf McKinney, Texas
 
Biographical information provided by each student-athletes' Faculty Athletic Representative and Sports Information Director.

 
BELHAVEN UNIVERSITY
 
Somto Ngwudike | Chemistry | Soccer| Onitshia, Nigeria
Somto Ngwudike has a grade point average of 3.87. He has been awarded the General Chemistry Award (May 2015) and has been on the Dean's List from the fall of 2014 to the fall of 2017. Ngwudike was also a successful participant in COMAP Interdisciplinary competition in January of 2015. He has experience as the general chemistry supplemental instructor and as a mathematics and science tutor here at Belhaven. He has been a member of the Blazer soccer team since 2014 and has been a volunteer at Top Soccer, serving as a coach to help children with disabilities play soccer. Ngwudike has also volunteered with Feeding Children Everywhere in Orlando, Fla., helping to bag food items that were being sent to starving children all over the world. He also helped with the Crystal Lake Cleanup and served as a volunteer to the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Ngwudike had four goals and two assists during his soccer career at Belhaven. He was named C Spire Athlete of the Week in 2016 and was also named NCCAA Scholar Athlete in 2016. Furthermore, Ngwudike was selected to the American Southwest Conference All Academic teams in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Brooklyn Schumaker | Biology | Cross Country / Track & Field | Moscow, Idaho
Brooklyn Schumaker holds a 3.46 GPA in Biology and was recognized as an ASC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete in 2017. In that same year, she earned Winter/Spring Academic All-Conference honors, and she has also been recognized as the NCCAA Student-Athlete of the Week for track twice (April 15-16, March 16-17). Schumaker has also been a standout student-athlete. Over four seasons, she has competed in indoor and outdoor meets in the 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 meters and mile events, in addition to being part of both the 400 and 1,600 meter relay teams. She holds Belhaven’s  indoor records in the 400 (58.00), 1, 500 (5:17.40) and 4x400 (3:53.71). Schumaker has been and instrumental leader for the track program. During her time at Belhaven, she has been able to display that leadership and help our community as the SAAC women's cross country representative for two years and as the senior team captain for the Blazer cross country and track & field teams. She has also served in the following events - event organization and representative for Read Across America at Brown Elementary School, Brown Elementary spirit day volunteer, Brown Elementary teachers egg hunt day volunteer, organized Food Drive Service Day, Belhaven Blues marathon volunteer, First Presbyterian 5k volunteer and the Biology Club Zoo Cleanup volunteer. Finally Schumaker served as a volunteer at Pearl High School and Terry High School track meets and in church childcare.
 
CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY TEXAS
 
Michael Evan | Secondary School Curriculum | Baseball | Cameron, Texas
Michael Evan, a four-year letterman in baseball, has been a consistent hitter for the team, helping lead them back to the NCAA Championship Regionals the last two seasons and capturing an ASC regular season title in 2016 and 2017. A four-time All-Conference honoree, including Freshman of the Year, Evan has continued to excel for the Tornados and will leave his mark on the program's record book. Off the field, Evan is a leader in the classroom, majoring in Secondary School Curriculum and has maintained a high academic standing through his four years at Concordia, including being a two-time ASC Academic All-Conference honoree.
 
Carly Custer | Business Management | Volleyball | League City, Texas
Carly Custer, a four-year letter winner in volleyball, helped lead the program to its most wins since 1999 this past season and its best four-year stretch in school history. Individually, she finishes in the top 10 in multiple categories of the record book, including second in career kills and fifth in career digs while receiving multiple ASC accolades. Off the court, Custer has embodied the spirit and mission that is taught at Concordia by volunteering and earning the ASC West Division Volleyball Sportsmanship of the Year Award and staying on top of her classes while majoring in Business Management and being a three-time ASC Academic All-Conference selection.
 
EAST TEXAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
 
Dylan Sumpter | Business Administration | Baseball | Tyler, Texas
A two-time American Southwest Conference Academic All-Conference member, Dylan Sumpter is graduating in three years with a 3.97 grade point average, earning a degree in Business Administration. He made the President's List three times and Dean's List with Honors twice. Sumpter serves in the Marshall community by helping with the local 9-11 Heroes Race, reading in Marshall elementary schools and being a part of the ETBU Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, teaching baseball skills to students. The three-year starter has helped the Tigers to 82 wins, a trip to the ASC Championship Series in 2017, back-to-back 30-win seasons for the first time in program history and three straight winning seasons for the first time since the mid 2000s. After helping ETBU to the Red Bracket Championship in 2017, he was named to the All-Tournament Team. Sumpter has played in 119 games starting 112 games.
 
Abby Weaver | International Studies | Volleyball | Dallas, Texas
Abby Weaver is a four-year member of the volleyball team and a three-time selection to the ASC Academic All-Conference team. In 2017, she earned the ASC East Division Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year award. Weaver has made the ETBU Dean's List and President's List twice and the Dean's List with Honors three times. With a 3.67 GPA, Weaver graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in International Studies and a minor in Public Relations. She has already taken a job with Young Life to minister to military teens on American bases in Europe. She is an All-ASC East Division Second Team selection in 2017 and won the ASC East Division Player of the Week once. Weaver helped the Tigers to four ASC Championship appearances and a program best 14-match winning streak in 2014. She has volunteered for numerous activities in the community at ETBU and in the Dallas area. At ETBU she has been the president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes the past three years, led a college FCA leadership weekend in Dallas twice, went to Serbia with the volleyball team for a mission trip helping children in their schools, volunteered at the Oakwood House (nursing home) monthly, volunteered twice for service work outside at a horse therapy farm in Marshall, Texas. In Dallas, she was a club volleyball coach and led clinics and camps and was a mentor to high school freshmen in the program Starting Off Strong. For two summers, Weaver was a counselor at Pine Cove Christian Camp, organizing Bible studies, theme nights, games and activities.
 
HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY
 
Danny Benyamin | Environmental Science | Soccer | Cedar Park, Texas
Danny Benyamin was one of the top performers on the field and in the classroom for the Cowboys men's soccer program. He was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, was a three-time Academic All-ASC selection and maintained a high GPA throughout his academic career. Benyamin also was active off the field helping with the Special Olympics and volunteering at Love and Care Ministries. 
 
Kristen Parrish | Biology | Soccer | Granbury, Texas
Parrish was an academic All-American by CoSIDA and was also a first-team All-American on the soccer field. She was the American Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year. She helped lead the Cowgirls to the Final Four. She also was active in the community, serving as a volunteer for several different groups.
 
HOWARD PAYNE UNIVERSITY
 
Jaze Randolph | Basketball / Tennis | Accounting | Gustine, Texas
Jaze Randolph was a four-year letterman in basketball and play tennis as a senior. In the classroom, he has been exceptional. With a 3.81 grade point average in Accounting, he has demonstrated hard work and vigilance. He is a three-year Academic All-Conference selection. In 2017, Randolph was HPU's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was also selected as Outstanding Student in Accounting by the Accounting Department in HPU's School of Business.
 
Kayla Boucher | Marketing | Softball | Tomball, Texas
Kayla Boucher finished her second season at Howard Payne, leading the softball team in hits and runs batted in. She has excelled in the classroom as well.  Boucher is a two-time Academic All-Conference selection.
 
LETOURNEAU UNIVERSITY
 
Gonzalo Sosa | Business Management | Baseball | Houston, Texas
Gonzalo Sosa has carried a 4.00 GPA while at LeTourneau, while serving as a two-year starter on the baseball team. Sosa is the first member of his family to attend college, and is the true epitome of a student-athlete. He is also an active member of the student population on campus, participating in multiple campus community service projects and serving as a leader to those around him. Athletically, Sosa was a 2017 All-ASC Honorable Mention selection and a First Team in 2018. His versatility as an athlete has seen him play first base, designated hitter and pitcher throughout the year.
 
Korissa White | Early Childhood-6th Grad Education | Volleyball | Topeka, Kan.
Korissa White graduated from LeTourneau in December of 2017 with her bachelor's degree while carrying a 4.00 GPA throughout college. In addition to playing volleyball for the YellowJackets, White spent her final semester student-teaching in the Longview community which led to an offer of full-time employment with the school-district that she student-taught with. White has been on the President's List every semester that she has attended LeTourneau and was awarded with the Dean's Education Award in 2017. A three-year member of the ASC Academic-All Conference team, she was also named the Key Education Student Award in 2017. White served as team captain of the YellowJackets for both the 2016 and 2017 seasons and was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also volunteered with LETU as part of Keep Longview Beautiful and Special Friends Ministry and created Ragamuffin College Ministry on campus. Athletically, White finished her career at LeTourneau fifth all-time in assists and was LETU's representative for the ASC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Team for the fall of 2017.
 
LOUISIANA COLLEGE
 
Ryan Morris | Biology | Football | Baton Rouge, La.
Ryan Morris was a three-year starter at center for the Louisiana College football team. He played in every game during that time frame and helped the lead the Wildcats to a 1,000 yard rusher and a 3,000 yard passer in consecutive seasons. Not only the leader of the offensive line, Morris serves as the spiritual leader of the football team, setting a Godly example for his teammates on and off the field. He is a group leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on campus and graduated with a degree in Biology this year.
 
Mattie Stine | Social Studies Education | Softball | Hackberry, La.
Mattie Stine is one of the best pure hitters to ever suit up for Louisiana College. She is the only player in LC history to hit .400 or better in three straight seasons and now holds the school record with a .412 career batting average. She finished her career with more than 170 hits and 100 RBI, just the third player to accomplish that feat. She is a group leader for the LC Fellowship of Christian Athletes and serves as the team's spiritual leader. She graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude, this year with a degree in social studies education and plans to teach and coach at the high school level as soon as next fall.
 
UNIVERISTY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR
 
Zane Boles | Pre-Physical Therapy | Football | Henderson, Texas
Zane Bole is a two-time NCAA Elite 90 Award Winner, the first in ASC history. He was the Cru's starting punter this season and also played tight end and quarterback in his career. He played for a National Champion, a National Runner-Up and three ASC Championship Teams. Boles was a two-time ASC All-Academic honoree and has also been extremely active on campus and in the community through the football program's community service projects.
 
Sarah Rempe | Cellular Biology | Soccer | Lewisville, Texas
Sarah Rempe was an Academic All-America and United Soccer Coaches First Team All-American this past season. She was a four-time ASC All-Conference selection and was also voted ASC Midfielder of the Year as a senior. She is a three-time ASC Academic All-Conference selection, a two-time Academic All-District pick and a two-time member of the ASC Women's Soccer Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Team. Rempe is a three-year member of the UMHB SAAC and served as secretary in 2017. She is a member of Gamma Beta Phi and has also been a team captain. Rempe has been active in the campus and community through service projects arranged by both the Cru women's soccer program and the UMHB SAAC. Her play also helped lead the UMHB women to the first NCAA Division III National Championships berth in program history in the fall.
 
MCMURRY UNIVERSITY
 
Chris Baker | History – Grades 8-12 | Baseball | San Angelo, Texas
Chris Baker will be a three-time Academic All-Conference selection and Distinguished Scholar nominee in baseball. He is a two-time winner of the McMurry Athletics Department Heart of a War Hawk Award for Christian and campus service and community outreach. He was presented with the 2017-18 Game Plan 4 Life Student-Athlete Character Award from the National Christian College Athletic Association and served as a three-year captain in baseball. Baker was a member of SAAC and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He served as a Young Life youth leader at local high schools and worked as a summer intern at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in 2016. Baker did volunteer carpentry on a week-long mission trip to Wichita Falls, Texas. He also volunteers locally for Love & Care Ministries. Since he was seven years old, he has volunteered time to skin and process deer meat that is donated to an orphanage in Juarez, Mexico. In the classroom, Baker has a cumulative GPA of 3.65 and was a student-teacher at Wylie High School. Baker was a 2018 All-ASC Second Team selection at utility, playing catcher, outfield and first base.

Symphony Munoz | Sociology | Tennis | Monahans, Texas
Symphony Munoz was a 2017 All-ASC West Division Second Team selection in tennis and the 2018 West Division Tri-Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year. She will earn Academic All-Conference honors for the second time and be a Distinguished Scholar-Athlete nominee. Munoz was the recipient for the Dr. Sandra Harper Women’s Leadership Award in 2016-17 and is a three-time Outstanding Sociology Major winner. She also received the McMurry Athletics Heart of a War Hawk Award for Christian and campus service and community outreach. Munoz was the McMurry 2018 Senior Scholar-Athlete Award winner as well. She volunteered for McMurry’s Sports Day for developmentally challenged individuals twice, as well as volunteering with the Better Together Alliance. Munoz has held many leadership roles on campus, including – Sociology Club President, Sociology Club Secretary, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member (four years), Delta Beta Epsilon Vice President, Homecoming Chair and Chaplain, Chi Omicron Sweetheart, McMurry Orientation Peer Leader, Alpha Phi Omega Chaplain, Sophomore Senate and Freshman Senate. She was also a member of the McMurry University Marching Band and Wind Ensemble was able to perform in the London New Year’s Day Parade and at Carnegie Hall. Munoz served as a Youth Intern at Aldergates United Methodist Church and was a contemporary piano player there. In the classroom, Munoz graduated in three years with a 3.98 GPA and was a member of the McMurry Honors Program. She was named to the Dean’s List every semester and was a Southwestern Social Science Association presenter and Alpha Chi National Convention student presenter. After graduation, Munoz will attend law school
 
UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS
 
Spencer Turner | Accounting | Tennis | Pearcy, Ark.
Spencer Turner wrapped up his tennis career ranked among the leaders at Ozarks in most singles and doubles wins. He finished his career among the top five in career singles wins. Playing No. 1 doubles this season, Turner ended his career in the record books ranked among the top 10. He also earned All-ASC honors as a senior. A two-time member of the Academic All-Conference, Turner was also on the Dean's List during his collegiate career. Additionally, he lettered in cross country while at Ozarks. He has been hired at Thomas and Thomas, LLP, a certified public accounting firm in Little Rock.
 
Roseanna Ezell | Accounting | Basketball | Quitman, Ark.
Roseanna Ezell was a four-year lettermen on the women's basketball team, who represented the team on the ASC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Team. A three-time member of the ASC Academic All-Conference Team, Ezell has among the highest grade point averages for the graduating senior class. Her campus involvement includes being a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
 
SUL ROSS STATE UNIVERSITY
 
Caleb Thomasson | Interdisciplinary Studies | Basketball | Ackerly, Texas
Caleb Thomasson is not just an athlete at Sul Ross State, but a scholar. He graduated with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, holding a GPA of 3.536. Thomasson ranks second at Sul Ross in scoring with 1,424 career points (17.5 ppg) and second in rebounds at 675 (8.3 rpg.). He has been the President the last two years for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which helps promote our sports on campus and helps the athletic staff hold our student-athletes to the highest ideals of sportsmanship. Thomasson has volunteered for tough assignments around the community, mentoring youth in sports, and is always looking for chances to stretch himself and learn something new. He has a way of making the intangible tangible through inspirational slogans or speeches with his teammates or classmates at Sul Ross. Thomasson has had great role models during his time at Sul Ross, both professors and coaches, and has taken advantage of their leadership by reading biographies, watching films, interviews, or just spending time with them. He has shown tremendous commitment to the values of the institution. Thomasson will be attending a mission trip to Alaska this summer with the FCA.  He works hard, he encourages all, he treats others with dignity and respect, and celebrates his accomplishments here at Sul Ross.  His work ethic and outstanding creativity will serve him well and bring him future opportunities to achieve accolade's and he will continue to serve as an excellent model as the type of student-athlete Sul Ross State University produces. Thomasson was the ASC West Division Player of the Year and Co-Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year and was named NABC First Team All-American.
 
Lauren Ebbs | Kinesiology / Science | Soccer | Dublin, Ireland
Lauren Ebbs exemplifies what Sul Ross State University wishes to see in its graduates. She has worked in several departments on campus, played soccer, and served her community. She did all of this while also completing requirements to graduate with a GPA of 3.10 and received a B.S. in Kinesiology & Human Performance and minor in Science. She has represented the university in a positive light both on and off the soccer field. Ebbs is that rare individual who has managed to excel both athletically and academically, but, at the same time, she has not forgotten her community and has engaged in numerous community service projects during her time at the university.  She has shown tremendous commitment to the values of the institution. She works hard, she is modest, she serves others, and she makes the institution look very, very good. Her work ethic and outstanding character will serve her well and bring her further opportunities to earn praise and awards and she will continue to serve as an excellent model of the type of student Sul Ross State University produces. Ebbs is a two-time All-ASC First Team selection and was an All-Region player twice. She earned ASC Player of the Week three times in her career and finished with 33 goals and seven assists.
 
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS
 
Danny Meyer | Global Business / International Political Economy | Soccer | Phoenix, Ariz.
Danny Meyer closed out his career as a four-year starter for the Comet men's soccer team, serving as a team captain as a senior. He was a three-time first team All-ASC honoree for UTD, earning ASC Offensive Player of the Year recognition as a sophomore. A three-time Academic All-ASC performer, Meyer played in 75 career games with 74 starts, finishing his career with 26 goals and 14 assists. He finished his career ranked eighth all-time at UTD in points (66), eighth in assists and ninth in goals. Meyer guided the Comets to back-to-back ASC championships in 2015 and 2016. In addition, Meyer was an active member of UTD's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
 
Stefanie Polderman | Biochemistry | Softball | West Vancouver, B.C.
Stefanie Polderman closed a celebrated career on and off the playing field this past spring for the Comets. A three-time All-ASC honoree, she claimed first team honors each of her past two seasons. She will end her career as a three-time Academic All-ASC performer and was named the ASC Softball Distinguished Player of the Year as a junior. Polderman was named first team Academic All-America by CoSIDA as a junior after helping lead the Comets to their first-ever ASC title. She closed her career ranked fourth all-time at UTD in hits (155) and second in stolen bases (86). An active member of the UTD Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, she served as the group's Community Service liaison as a senior.
 
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT TYLER
 
Alex Bishop | Mechanical Engineering| Baseball | Calgary, Alberta
Alex Bishop was a three-time All-ASC selection and an All-Region honoree in baseball. He also earned Academic All-Conference honors twice, ASC Hitter of the Week and was a 2017 ASC Championship Blue Bracket All-Tournament Team selection. Bishop was also a 2016 Canadian Baseball Network All-Canadian College Team honoree. He was on the UT Tyler President’s List seven semesters.
 
Stephanie Tutt | Civil Engineering | Golf | McKinney, Texas
Stephanie Tutt was a three-time All-ASC selection in golf and was a WGCA All-America selection for placing fifth at the NCAA Championship in 2015. Tutt earned ASC Golfer of the Week three times in her career. She also was an Academic All-Conference selection and made the UT Tyler Dean’s List.