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Austin Peay claims its first OVC Academic Achievement Banner

August 26, 2003

After enjoying unprecedented athletic success during the 2002-2003 season, Austin Peay capped off its year of achievements by claiming one of the Ohio Valley Conference's most prestigious honorsthe OVC Academic Achievement Bannerfor the first time in the institution's history.
August 26, 2003

After enjoying unprecedented athletic success during the 2002-2003 season, Austin Peay capped off its year of achievements by claiming one of the Ohio Valley Conference's most prestigious honorsthe OVC Academic Achievement Bannerfor the first time in the institution's history.

The OVC Academic Achievement Banner is given annually to the school whose student-athletes have the highest combined grade-point average as compared to the average for the entire full-time undergraduate student body. Austin Peay's student-athletes had a combined grade-point average of 2.89, which was slightly higher than the 2.74 average of the entire full-time undergraduate student body. Four APSU student-athletes achieved a perfect 4.0 average during the 2002-03 academic year.

"The OVC Academic Achievement Banner is truly an award that demonstrates outstanding dedication of an institution's entire student-athlete population to the importance of academics," OVC Commissioner Jon A. Steinbrecher said. "Austin Peay State University deserves to be proud of this significant accomplishment by its student athletes."

Austin Peay's performance marks just the fourth time in the coveted award's 17-year history it has gone to an institution in the state of Tennessee. UT-Martin, Tennessee State and former member Middle Tennessee State have earned one banner each.

OVC staff also announced that five APSU students had received OVC Medals of Honor for perfect 4.0 grade-point averages. They were Brooke Armistead, women's basketball; Jordan Eads, women's cross country and women's track and field; Jennifer Adcock, softball; and Casey Kelley, volleyball. Forty-eight Austin Peay students were listed on the OVC Commissioner's Honor roll.