Five Valpo Student-Athletes Receive Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award
James Shang was one of five Valpo athletes recognized. (Ray Acevedo)
James Shang was one of five Valpo athletes recognized. (Ray Acevedo)
Angie Porché
Angie Porché

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Five Valparaiso University student-athletes received the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards as selected by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The award recognizes minority undergraduate students who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination.

To be eligible for the honor, students have to be an intercollegiate athlete, maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average, and be active on their campus and in the community.

Earning the Arthur Ashe Jr. Awards are:

Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South H.S.), named to the Volleyball First Team and was the top overall volleyball player selected. The psychology major has a 3.72 grade point average.

Adam Rundh (Aalborg, Denmark/Orjanskolan [Sweden] H.S.), named to the Football First Team.  The defensive lineman has a 3.93 cumulative grade point average as an international business and finance major.

Windy Santa Cruz (Fall Creek, Wis./Fall Creek H.S.), named to the Women’s Track and Field First Team.  She has a 3.90 cumulative GPA as a chemistry major. 

James Shang (Shanghai, China/Concordia International H.S.), named to the Men’s Swimming First Team.  Shang carries a 3.54 GPA as a management and psychology double major.

Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.), named to the Women’s Basketball Second Team.  The forward has a 3.70 cumulative GPA as a psychology major.