The Edmond Sun

July 15, 2013

Edmond’s Larsh lassoes academic award

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Taylor Howard and Mary Larsh of Oklahoma City University collected honors for their academic prowess.

Howard and Larsh were recognized among the CoSIDA academic all-district 7 at-large team, while Larsh picked up the NAIA scholar-athlete award.

Howard, a senior from Ada, has accumulated a 3.35 cumulative grade-point average while studying kinesiology. Howard tallied a 80.61 stroke average, an eagle and 36 birdies in 2012-13.

Larsh, a senior from Edmond and a Memorial High School grad, posted a 3.64 GPA pursuing a degree in mass communications. She is a two-time academic all-district selection and scholar-athlete. Larsh recorded an 80.43 stroke average, one eagle and 39 birdies.

The College Sports Information Directors of America chooses academic all-district teams based on the athletes’ GPAs and success in competition. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale at his/her current institution. CoSIDA academic all-district choices become eligible for consideration for academic all-American.

The women’s at-large team honors student-athletes who compete in bowling, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, rowing, skiing, swimming, tennis and water polo.

The NAIA scholar-athlete program recognizes excellence in the classroom by NAIA-member student-athletes who are juniors or above in academic standing with a 3.5 cumulative GPA.