(Peru, Neb.)—On Wednesday, June 22, the Heart of America Athletic Conference announced that 1,051 student-athletes were honored for their academic achievements.
 
"Grand View led the way for the conference with 139 honorees. Graceland was second with 133 and Baker was third with 95 award winners," per the Heart's release.
 
The 14 institutions plus Iowa Wesleyan for wrestling averaged 70.06 honorees.
 
The Criteria for a student athlete to become a Heart Scholar-Athlete are as follows:
 
- Cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
 
- Accumulated a minimum of 60 credit hours, completed at least five semesters and attended the nominating institution for at least two semesters prior to being nominated.
 
- Have documentation of the student-athlete participating in a varsity competition in the sport for which they are being nominated for.
 
- Student-Athletes competing as graduate students are also eligible for this award.
 
Below is a list of all 45 Peru State College student-athletes who received the honor:
 
Football – Joseph Cervantes (Wilmington, Calif.) – Public Administration
Football – Luke Dalley (Essex, Iowa) – Kinesiology
Football – Dylan Dittman (Omaha) – Curriculum & Instruction
Football – Garrison Dodge (Oakland) – K-12 Health and Physical Education
Football – Parker Gutschow (Elkhorn) – Biochemical Science and Pre-Med
Football – Jacob Hughes (Peculiar, Mo.) – Social Science Teaching
Football – Michael Lombardi (Peru) – Criminal Justice – Administration
Football – Sohail Mohsini (Brentwood, Calif.) – Organizational Management
Football – Beau Peschel (Missouri Valley, Iowa) – Criminal Justice – Administration
Football – Travis Reed (Hickman) – Social Science Teaching
Football – Tristan Stroup (Lincoln) – General Studies
Women's Volleyball – Cheyenne Birkle (Holden, Mo.) – K-12 Health and Physical Education
Women's Volleyball/Women's Bowling – Alexandra Chavarria (Hollister, Calif.) – Early Childhood Education
Women's Volleyball – Jaime Copenharve (Omaha) – K-12 Health and Physical Education
Women's Volleyball – Cassandra Davis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Marketing
Women's Volleyball – Jaddy Duarte (Brasilia, Brazil) – Marketing
Women's Volleyball – Dawson Sharman (Sidney) – Organizational Leadership & Management
Women's Volleyball – Haley VanLeuven (Elgin, Ore.) – Pre-Dental Hygiene
Women's Cross Country – Alyssa Brink (Oakland, Iowa) – Elementary Education
Women's Cross Country – Naomi Wilson (Council Bluffs, Iowa) – Elementary Education
Women's Golf – Taylor Finke (Battle Creek) – Curriculum & Instruction/Language Arts Teaching
Women's Basketball – Maria Alcantara (Recife, Brazil) – Kinesiology
Women's Basketball – Adreal Bell (Independence, Mo.) – Psychology
Women's Basketball – Julie Miller (Easton, Kan.) – Elementary Education
Men's Basketball – Blake Petersen (Columbus) – Kinesiology
Men's Basketball – Isaac Simpson (Papillion) – Curriculum & Instruction
Cheer – Panashe Jacha (Elkhorn) – Psychology
Cheer – Victoria Jacox (Bellevue) – Elementary Education
Softball – Bailey Deal (Timnath, Colo.) – Criminal Justice – Counseling
Softball – Alana Krieser (Lincoln) – Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education
Softball – Cheyenne Leach (Wymore) – Art Teaching and Fine Arts
Softball – Morgan Wilke (Bakersfield, Calif.) – Kinesiology
Softball – Layla Worthington (Holladay, Utah) – Criminal Justice – Law and Society
Baseball – Gabriel Cordoba (Merida, Venezuela) – Kinesiology
Baseball – Luis Pacheco (Miami, Fla.) – Accounting/CPA Focus
Baseball – Diego Rivera (Carolina, P.R.) – Criminal Justice – Law and Society
Baseball – Joshua Santiago (Carolina, P.R.) – Accounting/CPA Focus, Management and Computer Management
 
For more information, please visit the Heart's release: https://www.heartofamericaconference.com/general/2021-22/releases/20220622lseeob