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Burns Named WIAC Scholar-Athlete
Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2008
MADISON, Wis. - Senior Michelle Burns (Eau Claire, Wis./North), has been named the 2008 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Judy Kruckman Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete, conference spokesman Matt Stanek announced today.
Burns boasts a 3.80 grade point average and is majoring in elementary education with a minor in mathematics. She was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Five Women's Basketball Second Team this year. Burns is a three-time member of the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll and has been recognized on UW-Eau Claire's Dean's List and received Academic Distinction from her institution.
Selected as the conference's Player of the Year this season, she is a two-time All-WIAC first team selection and secured honorable mention status in 2005. Burns was also named to the league's all-defensive team a season ago. She ranks eighth on the school's all-time list with 1,208 points and 10th with 656 rebounds.
Burns has served as a volunteer with Special Olympics, Humane Shelter, Community Table, Blugold Buddies and youth basketball. In addition, she has spoke at Kiwanis and Rotary Club meetings.
Also nominated for this year's scholar-athlete award were: UW-Eau Claire's Kalista Houselog (Sr., Neenah, Wis./St. Mary Central), Rachel Mueggenborg (Sr., West Salem, Wis.) and Amanda Zenner (Sr., Medford, Wis.), UW-La Crosse's Ashley Wagner (Sr., Slinger, Wis.), UW-Oshkosh's Whitney Tyriver (Sr., Oshkosh, Wis./West), UW-Stevens Point's Chelsea Kranz (Sr., Columbus, Wis.), UW-Stout's Joanna Bird (Sr., Boyceville, Wis.), UW-Superior's Ashley Laidley (Sr., Grand Forks, N.D.) and UW-Whitewater's Lindsey Buechner (Sr., Cross Plains, Wis./Middleton) and Trisha Thill (Sr., Belgium, Wis./Ozaukee).
The WIAC Scholar-Athlete Award is named after Judy Kruckman and sponsored by Hewlett-Packard. Kruckman served as Assistant Commissioner for the WIAC from 1996-98. Prior to this appointment, she functioned as Commissioner of the Wisconsin Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from October, 1984 - September, 1996.
In order to be nominated for the scholar-athlete award, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average, be in their last year of competition, or on schedule to graduate this academic year, and have competed for a minimum of two years.
- Prepared by Matt Stanek, Modified by Kevin Meinholz -