CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Presbyterian College had 62.69 percent of its student athletes named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll, as announced by the conference on Thursday. The Big South Conference announced today that 58.69 percent of eligible student-athletes have earned Presidential Honor Roll status for their work in the classroom in 2017-18 -- the second-highest percentage in league history. 

To be named to the Presidential Honor Roll, student-athletes must maintain a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better for the recently-completed academic year.

PC had 13 student athletes finish the academic year with a 4.0 grade point average, with women’s soccer leading the way with three on the list. Women’s golf, softball and women’s tennis each had two such student athletes with baseball, football, men’s soccer and women’s basketball adding one to the list.

Women’s soccer players Preston Robinette, Kelsey Yeager and Sarah Yoss, women’s golfers Katie Bishop and Rylie Marchman, softball’s Jenna Harris and Jonnie Petree and women’s tennis players Brittany Nuttall and Katie Thompson. Baseball (A.J. Priaulx), football (Hayden Caraway), men’s soccer (Jonathan Turnley) and women's basketball (Janie Miles) also finished with 4.0 GPA’s. Miles and Turnley have made the 4.0 list three straight years. Yeager made the list for the second straight season. 

High Point University led all Big South institutions for the fourth straight year, as HPU had 76.72 percent of its 232 eligible student-athletes on the Presidential Honor Roll -- one of seven members to have at least 60 percent of 3.0 students.  Gardner-Webb University placed 68.12 percent of its 345 student-athletes on the list, while Winthrop University had 65.40 percent of its 263 student-athletes among the honorees.  Also surpassing the 60 percent threshold were Campbell University (61.92%),Longwood University (60.33) and UNC Asheville (60.23).

Beginning this year, new award recognition levels were established within the Presidential Honor Roll: Commissioner’s Award (4.0 GPA), Gold Award (3.75-3.99), Silver Award (3.50-3.74) and Bronze Award(3.00-3.49).