Denison hosted the seventh annual James T. Glerum '82 Top-50 Scholar-Athlete Celebration on Monday, April 2, at the Mitchell Center. The event recognizes the top 50 student-athletes of sophomore standing or higher based on grade-point average. They are invited to the banquet, along with a Denison faculty member of their choosing.
The banquet is named in honor of James T. Glerum, a 1982 Denison graduate and member of the men's basketball team. During the event, each top-50 honoree is recognized with their invited faculty member called to give a short introduction meant to illustrate the off-field aspects of student-athletes.
This year's Top-50 event was highlighted by seven special awards that were announced at the conclusion of the program. Annually, the North Coast Athletic Conference honors one male and one female as the recipient of the NCAC Scholar-Athlete Award. This is awarded to a senior student-athlete who possesses a minimum GPA of 3.50 and has contributed significantly to the accomplishments of his/her team. This year's honorees are Jason Wesseling (men's swimming & diving) and Leah Reinfranck (volleyball).
Wesseling is an eight-time All-American and a nine-time NCAC champion. Last year he was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team and he is a three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American. Reinfranck is a two-time All-NCAC first-team selection. She is one of seven players to record 1,000 kills in her career at Denison.
The Lynn Schweizer Award recognizes the highest-ranking senior varsity female scholar-athlete, by GPA. Brittany Atkinson from the women's basketball team was this year's winner. She averaged 11.2 points per game and was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.
The highest-ranking male varsity scholar-athlete earns the Dr. Larry Scheiderer award. This year's award went to Jason Wesseling from the men's swimming & diving team.
The Ted Barclay Top-Five Awards are given to individuals who represent the athletic department in a positive manner through their athletic ability and scholarship. It is named in honor of Ted Barclay, who spent 35 years at Denison as a professor, coach of six different Big Red varsity programs, and director of men's athletics for 12 years. Because of a tie in the voting, there were six honorees this year. They are Courtney Brown (women's tennis), Ben Burdick (men's swimming & diving), Brant Pittman (men's lacrosse), Bebe Wang (men's swimming & diving), Jason Wesseling, and Sarah Youngs (women's basketball).
Senior Ben Burdick was named the James T. Glerum Jr. '82 Presidential Award winner for his superior athletic and academic accomplishments and service to the University. Burdick is a five-time All-American and a three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American.