On February 19, four Seton Hall freshman student-athletes were among 50 first-year students honored at the university's annual President's Reception to Celebrate Academic Excellence.
Taylor Cutcliff of women’s soccer, men’s soccer newcomer Peyton Elder, softball’s Emily Supercynski and Amy Vandegriff of volleyball were recognized for achieving a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the fall 2015 semester.
Cutcliff, Elder and Vandegriff are all enrolled in programs under the umbrella of university’s College of Arts & Sciences while Supercynski is a member of the Stillman School of Business.
"We are extremely proud of what Taylor, Peyton, Emily and Amy were able to accomplish in the classroom during the fall," said Assistant Athletic Director Roberto Sasso who oversees the athletic department's Helping Athletes Learn to be Leaders (H.A.L.L.) Program. "It can be a difficult task to balance assimilating yourself to a new environment and a new team while maintaining a high academic standard. This honor is a reflection of their dedication to excellence and hopefully the first of many to come."
The academic exploits of the four freshmen to be recognized last week further a trend that has seen student-athlete academic performance reach an all-time high at The Hall.
On a national level, six Seton Hall programs - baseball, men's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, softball and women's tennis - received NCAA APR Public Recognition awards during the summer for logging multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of their respective sports across the NCAA.
At the conclusion of the fall, the collective grade-point average for all Seton Hall student-athletes climbed to its highest mark ever as well, establishing a new departmental record for the 11th-consecutive semester.