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Wierzba honored as 2003-04 OVC Scholar-Athlete winner

November 18, 2003


Austin Peays Rhet Wierzba is one of six individuals selected to receive the Ohio Valley Conferences prestigious Scholar-Athlete Award for 2003-04. The award is the highest individual honor that can be earned by OVC student-athletes, and is given annually to three men and three women senior student-athletes for accomplishments in both the classroom and athletic arena, as well as their leadership qualities.
November 18, 2003


Austin Peay's Rhet Wierzba is one of six individuals selected to receive the Ohio Valley Conference's prestigious Scholar-Athlete Award for 2003-04. The award is the highest individual honor that can be earned by OVC student-athletes, and is given annually to three men and three women senior student-athletes for accomplishments in both the classroom and athletic arena, as well as their leadership qualities.

A two-year starter at guard for the Austin Peay basketball team, Wierzba presides over the University's Student Athlete Advisory Committee. In the classroom, he carries a 3.89 grade point average while majoring in business management and minoring in math. The 2003 APSU Male Scholar Athlete has earned a spot on the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll for the past three years, twice garnering the OVC Medal of Honor.

He was chosen for the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV basketball team in both his sophomore and junior years, earning CoSIDA Academic All-American honorable mention in 2002-03.

A member of three honor societies, including Omicron Delta Kappa, Wierzba also volunteers with the Special Olympics and participates in area school reading programs.

The six winners were selected from a group of 15 finalists by a vote of the OVC faculty athletics representatives. Honorees must have performed athletically with distinction, earned at least a 3.25 grade point average, and conducted themselves in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, his or her institution, intercollegiate athletics and the OVC.

Austin Peay's Jennifer Adcock also was nominated for the Scholar-Athlete Award.