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Six Christendom Crusaders athletes were named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Academic All-State team for 2019-20 for their efforts on the field and in the classroom. The student-athletes, who each also earned USCAA Academic All-American honors last month, achieved an average GPA of 3.76 for the academic year, setting the standard for what Christendom expects of its student-athletes.

(L to R) Michael Urankar, Mary Heisler, James Foeckler, Emily Palm, Joshua Mead, Ian Heisler.

Balancing a college workload and an athletic schedule can be difficult, but these six student-athletes proved that discipline and hard work pays off. Of the six who were named to the Academic All-State team, three also played multiple sports.

Joshua Mead, James Foeckler, Ian Heisler, and Michael Urankar all played for the Christendom Crusaders soccer team, earning GPAs of 3.84, 3.77, 3.68, and 3.46 respectively. Both Urankar and Heisler also played for the college’s basketball and baseball teams, with Heisler even earning USCAA Player of the Week honors his sophomore year for a no-hitter thrown that spring.

Representing the women’s softball program, Emily Palm earned a prestigious 4.0 GPA. Mary Heisler, who played both volleyball and basketball, earned a 3.85 GPA, along with USCAA Student-Athlete of the Year honors in 2018.

The six Christendom Crusaders joined student-athletes from 36 other schools in Virginia in receiving honors, including student-athletes from Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, and George Mason University.

The honors come on the heels of over 20 Christendom student-athletes receiving USCAA Academic All-American honors at the end of end of May. In addition, each of Christendom’s varsity teams earned GPAs of over 3.0 collectively — a testament to the discipline and perseverance of Christendom’s student-athletes on the field and in the classroom.

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