12 UAPB athletes receive academic honor

Twelve from Arkansas-Pine Bluff received one of the highest honors for a student-athlete Wednesday when they were inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society, in a ceremony at the S.J. Parker 1890 building auditorium.

The organization recognizes college students who receive a varsity letter in their sport and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.4 or better throughout their junior and senior years.

This year’s inductees include (in alphabetical order): Maria Cabane, women’s tennis junior, 3.914 cumulative GPA; Fabiola Cardosa, women’s tennis junior, 3.962; Cody DeMera, baseball senior, 3.65; Redmond Floyd, baseball junior, 3.721; Rachel Hornbuckle, volleyball junior, 3.923; Stephanie Jerson, women’s track and field senior, 3.727; Stanten Jones, baseball senior, 3.452; Nicolas Plaza, men’s tennis junior, 3.427; Bill Ross, football senior, 3.504; Anthony Smith, football senior, 3.421; Rachel Tims, volleyball junior, 3.897; Jacob Whitney, baseball senior, 3.452.

“When we decided last year to petition to become a member of the society, we always knew that student-athletes accelerate at a higher pace than regular students,” UAPB athletic director Lonza Hardy Jr. said in a press release. “We thought that this would be a great avenue to represent that fact and to let the community know that athletes are excelling at a tremendous rate and we’re real proud of the things they’re doing on the field as well as in the classroom.”

UAPB’s inaugural Chi Alpha Sigma class, inducted last year, numbered 20.