MIAA honors student-athletes in Citizen’s area

The MIAA honored a total of 12 former area athletes on the postseason academic honor roll.

One of the highest honors were bestowed upon Dakota Schmidt, Tanner Clarkson, and Keely Danielsen, each named to the MIAA Academic Excellence list.

Danielsen, a Park Hill South product that runs for Northwest Missouri State’s track and field team, is a political science major. Schmidt, from Platte County, is an applied health: exercise science major and competes for the track and field team for Northwest.

Schmidt’s former high school teammate, Clarkson, earned a 4.0 GPA and was a walk-on for Missouri Western’s football team.

They both were also named to the MIAA academic honor roll for first-year athletes or transfer students.

Jacob Purl and Rachel Sturdevant were both named scholar athletes, with a GPA of 3.5 GPA or higher, also earning All-MIAA.

Purl, a senior baseball player at Missouri Western that prepped at Park Hill South, had a 3.77 GPA with a pre-business major.

Sturdevant had a 3.9 GPA as a chemistry major at Northwest. The Northland Christian graduate plays volleyball for the Bearcats.

Athletes from Platte City, Kansas City and Parkville all landed on the All-MIAA academic honor roll.

Missouri Southern baseball teammates and former Park Hill South teammates Easton Fortuna and Richard Fullerton were both honored. Fortuna had a 3.15 GPA, while Fullerton had a 3.4 GPA.

Another PHS graduate, Erika Lutgen, had a 3.3 GPA at Missouri Southern, where she plays softball.

Platte County’s Alexis Ray (Nebraska-Kearney softball) and Kevin Schultz (Northwest Missouri State track and field) were honored with 3.25 and 3.01 GPA, respectively. Both are exercise science majors.

Northland Christian graduate Christian Dalton landed on the team with a 3.14 GPA. He competes for the track and field team at Pittsburg State.

Parkville resident and Rockhurst graduate Michael Pearl was named to the team with a  3.22 GPA. He is on the track and field team at Washburn. 

To be honored for the academic honor roll, a student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher at member school in the league.