Outstanding Student-Athletes Honored with Golden Eagle Awards

Outstanding Student-Athletes Honored with Golden Eagle Awards

Photo by Eric DeSalvo, NAU Media Relations

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.  – Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc., honored 163 Northern Arizona University student-athletes on Thursday for their scholastic and athletic accomplishments at the 33rd annual Golden Eagle Awards.  The Golden Eagle Awards recognize NAU student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the Lumberjack athletics program while maintaining a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average. 

The Male and Female Scholar-Athlete Awards were presented to senior track and field athlete Andres Rossini and senior soccer player Kristi Andreassen.

Rossini, who is from Cordoba, Argentina, is the second Male Student-Athlete of the Year consecutive winner from the track and field program. Andres has a 3.70 grade point average in construction management while a minor in business. He came to NAU from Orange Coast Community College.

Rossini won the Big Sky discus title with a throw of 185-6 to become the first Lumberjack to win the title since Nick Petrucci in 2000. In his first appearance at a regional meet, Rossini threw 185-9 to place eighth and advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He ended his stellar junior campaign with a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He competed in the weight throw for the Lumberjacks during both of his indoor seasons, finishing ninth (2011) and 11th (2010) at the Big Sky Indoor Championships.

“It is a great honor,” said Rossini. “I have been studying a great bit now. I have found something I am very passionate about, while finding a balance with track and my classes. It is a great achievement. It is really special.”

Andreassen added to her long list of athletic and academic recognitions following her senior campaign with the Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award. She graduated with a 4.00 GPA in December after only three and half years with a degree in exercise science.

In the classroom, she is the most decorated student-athlete in soccer program history. She was named to the Dean’s List every semester, was a four-time Big Sky All-Academic selection and was a Lowe’s Senior Class Award finalist in 2010. She was a two-time College Sports Information Directors of America All-America first-team selection and capped off her senior season earning the distinction as the 2010 ESPN Academic All-American of the Year for Division I in women’s soccer. She is also a recipient of the NCAA Postgraduate scholarship and will attend NAU next fall and enter the Physical Therapy program

On the field she led her team to the 2010 Big Sky regular season title and the 2008 and 2009 Big Sky Conference Championship titles. She was named the 2010 Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year and was a four-time All-Big Sky Conference selection including three consecutive first-team selections. She is one of two players in program history to be named to All-Big Sky first team three times.

Currently playing professional soccer in Norway, Women’s Soccer Head Coach Andre Luciano accepted the award on her behalf.

“This caps a storied and perfect career for Kristi,” said Luciano. “It is fitting that she would get an academic award this worthy.”

The football program led the list with 34 student-athletes garnering Golden Eagle status, while the women’s soccer team had 28 selections. The men’s track and field program had 23 student-athletes earn Golden Eagle status, while the women’s track and field program had 19.

The first Golden Eagle Awards were presented at NAU in the spring of 1979 to honor athletes who maintained high levels of scholastic achievement while performing with distinction in the university’s athletic programs.  During the past 32 years, more than 2,000 Golden Eagle Awards have been presented.  Former Golden Eagle Award winners have since gone on to distinguish themselves in all walks of life, carrying on the fine personal tradition of excellence embodied in these coveted awards. 

Golden Eagle Distributors has been the exclusive distributor of Anheuser-Busch products across most of Arizona since its creation in 1974. The family-owned company is headquartered in Tucson with branch offices in Casa Grande, Buckeye, Flagstaff, Globe and Holbrook, Ariz.

For more information about Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. please visit www.gedaz.com.

2010-11 Golden Eagle Scholar Athlete Award Recipients


Name, Last Name, Year, Primary Academic Plan, Hometown

Ben Bachelier, 3.97, SR, Exercise Science

Sheehan Barnhart, 3.31, SO, Business

Zach Bauman, 3.25, FR, Marketing

Michael Battisti, 3.44, SR, Health Science - Public Health

Paul Bennett Jr, 3.50, FR, Engineering

Mason Biggi, 3.33, FR, Engineering

Shad Bride, 3.11, SO, Management

Chase Cartwright, 3.30, FR, Communication

Dillon Craik, 3.13, FR, Civil Engineering

Michael Czyz, 3.27, JR, Criminology & Criminal Justice

Jeremy Dang, 3.18, SO, Business

Drew Emanuel, 3.43, FR, Mechanical Engineering

Roy Garcia, 3.50, FR, Criminology & Criminal Justice

Randy Hale Jr, 3.00, FR, Undeclared

Michael Herrick, 3.17, SR, Interdisciplinary Studies - Emergency Services Administration

Nathan Johnson, 3.87, SO, Secondary Education - History & Social Studies

Taylor Julio, 3.15, JR, Marketing

Mark Lopez, 4.00, FR, Criminology & Criminal Justice

Scott McKeever, 3.04, SR, Finance

Shane Moniz, 3.54, FR, Psychology

Alex Mott, 3.22, JR, Criminology & Criminal Justice

Vinnie Paciulli, 3.08, SR, Health Science - Public Health

Dan Pela, 3.59, SR, Health Science - Public Health

Jake Phipps, 3.27, FR, Chemistry - Health Preprofessional

Mana Purdy, 3.33, SO, Environmental Studies

Nick Ragland-Johnsen, 3.31, JR, Health Science - Physical Education

Hayden Renning, 3.40, FR, Undeclared

Daniel Roper, 3.03, JR, Marketing

Andrew Saldana, 3.15, SR, Finance

Kyle Walker, 3.16, SO, Criminology & Criminal Justice

Robert Watson, 3.00, FR, Criminology & Criminal Justice

Andy Wilder, 3.03, SO, Construction Management

Reid Worthington, 3.53, SR, Sociology

Max Zemezonak, 3.53, SO, Finance


Name, Last Name, Year, Primary Academic Plan, Hometown

Dakin Banta, 3.40, SR, Parks & Recreation Management

Catherine Benscoter, 3.00, FR, Undeclared

Jessie Joachim, 4.00, FR, Engineering

Stephanie Kim, 3.50, SO, Public Relations

Bethany Leclair, 3.43, SR, Elementary Education

Kaitlen Parsons, 3.44, FR, Business


Name, Last Name, Year, Primary Academic Plan, Hometown

Gaellan Bewernick, 3.47, FR, Business

Luis Flores, 3.42, JR, Biomedical Science

Shane Johannsen, 3.20, SR, Civil Engineering

Cameron Jones, 3.19, SR, History

Eric Platt, 3.15, SR, History

Stallon Saldivar, 3.04, SO, Business Economics

Ryan Schaefer, 3.60, SO, Business


Name, Last Name, Year, Primary Academic Plan, Hometown

Ben Ashkettle, 3.37, SR, Finance

Andrew Belus, 3.70, SR, Microbiology

Matt Coloe, 4.00, GR, Secondary Education- MA

Miles Di Sabella, 3.52, SO, Biomedical Science

Tim Freriks, 3.85, SO, Exercise Science

Andre Gaines, 3.28, SO, Computer Information Systems

Bahlbi Gebreyohanns, 3.00, FR, Business Economics

Karl Gehrke, 3.20, JR, Forestry

Joshua Heck, 3.33, GR, Applied Criminology

Kam Holbrook, 3.76, GR, Business Administration

Mark Hughes, 3.19, SR, Special & Elementary Education

Sam Hutchison, 3.22, JR, Exercise Science

Myles Kloer, 3.10, JR, Business Economics

Eric Lynch, 3.71, SR, Geology - General

Accursio Margiotta, 3.54, FR, Journalism

Jacob Nicol, 3.33, GR, Human Relations

Paul Osunwa, 3.33, SO, Nursing

Jason Pedersen, 3.67, SR, Engineering - Mechanical Engineering

Jackson Pleis, 3.00, FR, Physics

William Porter, 3.61, SR, Electrical Engineering

Andres Rossini, 3.70, SR, Construction Management

Pascal Tang, 3.68, SR, Marketing

John Yatsko, 3.78, SR, Civil Engineering

Men's Tennis

Name, Last Name, Year, Primary Academic Plan, Hometown

Christopher Fasulo, 3.70, SO, Microbiology

Benjamin Lantz, 3.86, SR, Geography

Hugo Ramadier, 3.11, SO, Business Economics


Name, Last Name, Year, Primary Academic Plan, Hometown

Kristi Andreassen, 4.00, SR, Exercise Science

Jennifer Beaudoin, 3.07, SO, Management

Chelsea Bednarz, 3.30, JR, Advertising

Brenna Boies, 3.25, SR, Interior Design

Lauren Butz, 3.80, SO, Business

Brandy Carr, 3.87, SR, Health Science - Public Health

Anna Clark, 3.36, SR, Exercise Science

Allyson Cwiekowski, 3.48, JR, Biomedical Science

Alana D'Onofrio, 3.47, FR, Biology

Ethi Ethridge, 3.57, JR, Biology

Shelby Foltz, 3.37, FR, Hotel & Restaurant Management

Tori Howe, 3.40, SR, Health Science - Public Health

Laura Johnson, 4.00, SO, Elementary Education

Jessica Kettelkamp, 3.27, SO, Environmental Engineering

Madeline Malmquist, 3.23, FR, Environmental Studies

Ashley Marrapode, 3.64, JR, Exercise Science

Corie McGuire, 3.19, SR, Finance

Shawnee Morgan, 3.60, FR, Biology

Tori Rocke, 3.66, SR, Criminology & Criminal Justice

Rebekah Ryan, 3.99, JR, Elementary Education

Jenna Samora, 3.25, JR, Biology

Carolyn Savage, 3.12, SR, Criminology & Criminal Justice

Natasha Slaughter, 3.59, JR, Biomedical Science

Jordan Stenger, 3.35, FR, Biology

Lauren Weaver, 3.77, FR, Hotel & Restaurant Management

Kathryn Wertz, 4.00, SO, Elementary Education

Dana Williams, 3.80, FR, Marketing

Lauren Zallis, 3.43, JR, Health Science - Physical Education


Name, Last Name, Year, Primary Academic Plan, Hometown

Cassie Anderson, 3.03, JR, Special & Elementary Education

Kristy Ardavanis, 3.07, SO, Undeclared

Tori Braudaway, 4.00, FR, Modern Languages

Jordan Burnes, 3.40, FR, Athletic Training

Lana Christensen, 3.80, SR, Microbiology

Fi Connell, 3.48, SO, Health Science - Public Health

Andrea Derflinger, 3.56, FR, Psychology

Meredith Egloria, 3.55, SR, Special & Elementary Education

Claire Ferro, 3.60, SR, Elementary Education

Ashani Gottlieb, 4.00, FR, Hotel & Restaurant Management

Taryn Harris, 3.44, SR, Management

Kristin Jones, 3.84, JR, Sociology

Emma Lowther, 3.82, FR, Health Science - Public Health

Kelsey Loy, 3.07, SO, Business

Krista Maier, 3.44, JR, Biomedical Science

Rachel Palmer, 4.00, FR, Health Science - Public Health

Stirling Smith, 4.00, FR, Athletic Training

Monica Veit, 3.44, SR, Accountancy

Jane Wakefield, 3.00, FR, Exercise Science


Name, Last Name, Year, Primary Academic Plan, Hometown

Katie Bailey, 3.59, JR, Marketing

Lauren Campbell, 4.00, SO, Mechanical Engineering

Chelsea Cheeley, 3.27, SR, Health Science - Public Health

Kobi Christensen, 3.28, JR, Hotel & Restaurant Management

Kelli Dallmann, 3.51, SO, Health Science - Physical Education

Anna Gott, 3.69, SO, Management

Maya Janousek, 3.38, SR, Interdisciplinary Studies - Speech Language  Sciences & Technology

Lexie Schroeder, 3.23, SO, Health Science - Public Health

Lexi Sullivan, 3.68, JR, Health Science - Physical Education

Jennifer Wilson, 3.40, SO, Advertising


Name, Last Name, Year, Primary Academic Plan, Hometown

\Shayla Batson, 3.71, FR, Business

Khyra Conerly, 3.00, FR, Undeclared

Aubrey Davis, 3.39, SO, Secondary Education - Mathematics

Jenna Galloway, 3.89, SR, Electronic Media & Film

Amy Patton, 3.31, SO, Business

Kaitlin Pratt, 3.83, JR, Parks & Recreation Management

Melissa Spaich, 3.79, SR, Public Relations

Vickie Toney, 3.07, SR, Computer Information Systems

Trinidee Trice, 3.11, FR, Biomedical Science

Christie Ugaste, 3.23, SR, Advertising


Name, Last Name, Year, Primary Academic Plan, Hometown

Amber Anderson, 3.02, SR, Psychology

Emily Bartz, 4.00, FR, Visual Communication

Kortnee Burton, 3.64, SR, Visual Communication

Jessica Bush, 4.00, FR, Physical Science

Lauren Erickson, 4.00, SO, Exercise Science

Chelsea Gobster, 3.69, FR, Athletic Training

Carissa Gwerder, 4.00, FR, Spanish

Lauren Hill, 3.14, SO, Visual Communication

Arshiya Hoseyni Chime, 3.87, SR, Mechanical Engineering

Danielle Hunt, 3.67, GR, Sustainable Communication

Lauren Laszczak, 3.53, FR, Interdisciplinary Studies -Speech Language Sciences & Technology

Haley Lawrence, 3.38, JR, Health Science - Physical Education

Lisette Michaels, 3.74, JR, Interdisciplinary Studies - Speech Language Sciences & Technology

Jamilyn Michaud, 3.92, SR, Dental Hygiene

Alexandra Myers, 4.00, JR, Nursing

Sarah Raber, 4.00, FR, Undeclared

Jacqueline, Shea, 3.58, SR, Exercise Science

Lauren Stuart, 3.75, SO, Biology

Amanda Wilcock, 4.00, FR, Biomedical Science


Name, Last Name, Year, Primary Academic Plan, Hometown

Orsolya Golovics, 3.01, SR, Marketing

Yumi Hasegawa, 3.09, SR, International Affairs

Nicole Perez, 3.40, SO, Exercise Science

Alice Walker, 4.00, FR, Environmental Sciences