Denison University hosted the eighth annual James T. Glerum '82 Top-50 Scholar-Athlete Celebration on Monday, April 1 at the Mitchell Center in Granville. 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 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.
The Top-50 also included seven special awards that were awarded 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 boasts a minimum GPA of 3.50 and has contributed significantly to the accomplishments of their team. This year's honorees were David Weimar (football) and Maggie Armstrong (women's soccer).
Weimar is a two-time All-NCAC selection and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team for the third-straight season in 2018. He finished his career at Denison with 2,168 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns.
Armstrong is a three-time All-NCAC first-team selection and was twice named the NCAC Midfielder of the Year. She was also named a United Soccer Coaches third-team All-American in 2018 while also earning a second-team Scholar All-American selection.
The Lynn Schweizer Award recognizes the highest-ranking senior varsity female scholar-athlete, by GPA. This year's honoree was Courtney Brown from the women's tennis team. Brown is a two-time All-NCAC selection and was twice named to the NCAC Academic Honor Roll.
The highest-ranking male varsity scholar-athlete earns the Dr. Larry Scheiderer award. This year's award went to Tommy McMaster from the men's lacrosse team. Collecting 44 ground balls and forcing 23 caused turnovers for his career, McMaster is a three-time member of the NCAC Academic Honor Roll.
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. The honorees are Megan Cunningham (women's lacrosse), Brant Pittman (men's lacrosse), Megan Wong (women's golf), Bebe Wang (men's swimming & diving), and Courtney Brown (women's tennis).
Senior Jane Goodspeed (women's lacrosse) earned the James T. Glerum Jr. '82 Presidential Award for her superior athletic and academic accomplishments and service to the University. A three-time All-NCAC first-team selection and reigning third-team IWLCA All-American, Goodspeed is currently the program's all-time leader in caused turnovers for a career (122) and ranks second in career ground balls (194) and draw controls (269).