Student-Athletes Achieve 3.09 GPA In Fall Semester

High Point University student-athletes achieved a 3.09 grade-point average and eight Panthers earned perfect 4.0 GPAs during the fall 2009 semester. HPU student-athletes have a 3.04 cumulative GPA.

“This accomplishment reflects not only on our student-athletes, but also on our coaches for the types of people they are bringing to High Point University,” said HPU Athletic Director Craig Keilitz. “Our coaches follow through on a daily basis to ensure the success of our student-athletes both on and off the field. Then it’s up to the student-athletes to get their work done in the classroom, and we’re extremely proud of the job they are doing as a group.”

Student-athletes earning 4.0 GPAs for the fall semester were the women’s soccer team’s Marisa Abbott (Troy, N.Y./Tamarac), Laura Eldridge (Knoxville, Tenn./West) and Brielle Spencer (Lynchburg, Va./Heritage), the men’s soccer team’s Adam Hatem (Charlotte, N.C./North Mecklenburg) and Shawn Sloan (Geneva, Ill./Geneva), the men’s track & field team’s Cole Atkins (Charleston, S.C./Academic Magnet) and Benjamin AuYeung (Manchester, Conn./Manchester) and the women’s track & field team’s Kelsey Paine (Daniels, W.Va./Shady Spring).

In all, 127 student-athletes earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average during the fall semester.

HPU’s Academic Support Program, led by Assistant Athletic Director April Wines, is a big help to Panther student-athletes. The program involves a structured study program, tutoring services and academic advising. The Steele Sports Center has an academic study area dedicated solely to student-athletes.

“April’s personal commitment to our student-athletes is outstanding,” said Keilitz. “She keeps up with every student on an individual basis and really makes our Academic Support Program work.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at or on Twitter at @HighPointU. 

Jon Litchfield

Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information

Office: 336-841-4605

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