Herron, Stearns Receive Big Ten Medal of Honor, 511 Ohio State Scholar-Athletes Recognized
Max Stearns

April 1, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State Department of Athletics held the 46th-annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner Monday in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom at the Ohio Union to honor its student-athletes for their academic and athletic accomplishments. At the event, 511 Ohio State Scholar-Athletes were recognized and a number of senior awards were given out. 

The winners of the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor were Alicia Herron from the softball team and men's fencer Max Stearns. Each member institution in the conference gives the award annually to the male and female athletes in the graduating class who have attained the greatest proficiency in both academics and athletics. The Big Ten Conference office established the award in 1914 for men and an additional award for the top female was instituted in 1982. This honor includes a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship. 

The finalists for the Big Ten Medal of Honor were Tiffany Cameron (soccer), Katarzyna Dabrowa (fencing), Mari Hole (volleyball) and Caitlin Stewart (synchronized swimming) on the women's side, while the men's candidates were Ben Buchanan (football), C.J. Magrum (wrestling), Devin McCarthy (tennis) and John Tholen (volleyball). 

Herron completed her career as the Ohio State record holder in career runs scored (168), second in home runs (49) and RBI (176), third in hits (226), fourth in triples (11) and doubles (40) and fifth in walks (113) and batting average (.367). A four-time All-Big Ten and All-Region selection, she concluded her Buckeye career with a .378 average, 48 runs scored, 51 hits and 14 home runs in 2012. As a freshman, Herron helped the Buckeyes advance to its first Super Regional in program history after breaking the OSU freshman home runs record with 14 in 2009. Herron also excelled in the classroom during her time at Ohio State, becoming the first Buckeye in program history to be named a first team Academic All-American. Herron, who graduated from The Ohio State University in fall of 2012 with a degree in speech and hearing sciences, was a three-time Academic All-District and Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.

Stearns, a veteran fencer for the men's sabre squad, has acquired both individual and team accolades in his tenure at Ohio State. The Minnesota native was a member of the silver medal-winning team at the Junior World Championships in 2010 where he helped secure the first team medal ever for Canada at a World Championship. After other notable honors in 2010, Stearns, a member of the Canadian Senior National Team, competed at the 2011 Pan-American Championships where his team won the silver medal. In 2012, Stearns notched a third place individual title at the NCAA Championships along with the team's 2012 National Champion title. He was also honored as a 2012 First Team All-American. In his time as a Buckeye, Stearns has been a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, a 2010 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, and a two-time member of the Big Ten All-Academic Team (2010, 2012). He has spent seven terms on the Dean's List and will graduate in May with a degree in political science.

The Corwin A. Fergus Memorial Award was given to Julie Dick (rowing), Kelcey McKinney (women's track and field), David Fathalikhani (baseball) and Stearns. Fergus scholars are male or female student-athletes who have excelled in athletics, achieved academically (3.00 GPA minimum), demonstrated positive qualities of character and citizenship and shown potential for success in a graduate or professional program. Established in 1967, the award is given in memory of Corwin A. Fergus, a member of the Ohio State football team (1912-14), a graduate of the Ohio State School of Law and later a successful businessman. The award reflects his strong commitment to the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence and his positive contributions to society. The $5,000 postgraduate scholarships, which each are renewable for up to three years, can be utilized for graduate study or professional programs at Ohio State. 

In addition to being a Fergus Scholar, Dick from the rowing team was the recipient of the Pierce Phoenix award, which is given to a student-athlete who has excelled in academics, athletics, and personal growth attained through perseverance and hard work. The award is to be used to attend graduate or professional school at Ohio State, with preference given to someone who intends to enroll in the Fisher College of Business. 

Men's swimmer Andrew Spurling was the recipient of the Men's Varsity O Scholarship Award. The Men's Varsity O award provides a male scholar-athlete with a one-time stipend of $4,000 for postgraduate studies at Ohio State. The ideal candidate maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher during undergraduate studies, earned a varsity letter and performed community service.

Kelsey Moran from the women's swimming team received the Leann Grimes-Davidge Award, which is a tribute to Grimes-Davidge's contributions to athletics at Ohio State. The honor is given annually to a female athlete who reflects Grimes-Davidge's outstanding qualities of athletic performance, scholarship, character, campus or community involvement and leadership. A member of the Ohio State women's tennis team, Grimes-Davidge won four state and Big Ten titles. She graduated from Ohio State summa cum laude and received her master's degree from Miami University where she served as the head women's tennis coach. 

Swimmer Lauren Massey received the M/I Homes Foundation Award, which has been awarded annually since 1976. The award was one of the first designed specifically to recognize and promote women's achievements in intercollegiate athletics at Ohio State. It provides an outstanding female scholar-athlete $5,000 for postgraduate studies at Ohio State. The award is based on demonstrated athletic and academic success as well as community contributions through involvement in civic or university organizations. 

Selections for The Woody and Anne Hayes Scholarship Fund were Nicole Krauter (women's gymnastics), McCarthy (men's tennis) and Alyssa Walker (women's soccer). The award, established in 1979, provides one or more varsity athletes with financial assistance for postgraduate studies. The recipients of this scholarship are student-athletes who have demonstrated academic achievement (3.00 GPA minimum) and leadership qualities.

Fencer Dabrowa was honored with The John Dana Cole Fund. This award, established in 1966 by a gift through the Development Fund from John D. Cole, provides a one-time stipend for post-graduate studies at Ohio State. The recipient of this scholarship is a student-athlete who shows the promise of success in his/her chosen field and has demonstrated academic achievement (3.00 GPA minimum).

The rifle squad was honored by Men's Varsity O for having the most improved team grade-point average and the golf team was recognized for having the top team GPA among the men's programs. On the women's side, track and field earned the most improved team GPA award, with the gymnastics program was lauded for having the top team GPA among all women's teams.

A complete list of the 2013 Ohio State Scholar-Athletes is available at the following link: http://go.osu.edu/2013SAlist