DICKINSON, N.D. – Four Blue Hawk volleyball seniors were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes for their achievements and hard work in the classroom. Magdalyn Rauser, Shaylee Singleton, Shelby Gustafson, and Aleesa Joslyn all received the honor.
Head Coach Jennifer Hartman noted on the team's academic success, "Our program is centered around the mindset that you are a student first; you can't be an athlete forever. The fact that 4 out of the 5 seniors are scholar athletes is a huge accomplishment for this program. This group of seniors leaves an incredible legacy of working hard in the classroom and on the court. We are very grateful for the academic and athletic values they instilled into our underclassmen."
Rauser, from Toston, Mont., is receiving the honor for the second year in a row. In her time at DSU, she has been a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Honors and Leadership Program (TRHLP). A three-time NSAA Academic Scholar Athlete, Rauser is majoring in Elementary Education, with a double minor in Leadership and Psychology.
Miles City, Mont. native, Singleton, is also recognized as a NAIA Scholar Athlete for the second year. Singleton has been named a NSAA Academic Scholar Athlete twice in the past. Shaylee is double majoring in Accounting and Business Administration.
Like Rauser and Singleton, Gustafson receives the NAIA honor for the second year. From Fargon, N.D., Gustafon came to DSU as a member of the TRHLP, she has also been a member of the Blue Hawk track & field team. Gustafson is a three-time NSAA Academic Scholar. She is majoring in Psychology and will double minor in Biology and Leadership.
Aleesa (Ali) Joslyn is receiving the NAIA recognition for the first time. A Gillette, Wyo. native, Joslyn was a two-time NSAA Academic Scholar Athlete. She is majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Earth Science.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, must appear on the eligibility certificate for the sport and have attended two full years as a non-transfer or one full year as a transfer.