LA Tech student-athletes shine in classroom

The 2021 Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts is held at 12:30 p.m. on May 22, in the Thomas Assembly Center. Photo by Emerald McIntyre/Louisiana Tech University

Louisiana Tech student-athletes started out the 2021-22 academic year with a bang, celebrating a number of graduates and achieving numerous honors in the classroom.

A total of 10 student-athletes earn their college diplomas including Claudasha Watson (track and field), Ma’Asa Gay (track and field), Murphy Bavinga (track and field), Antuane Dennard (track and field), Amorie Archibald (basketball), Taylor Young (baseball), Tristan Allen (football), Malik Wells (football), Kody Fulp (football) and Emily Rettig (bowling). 

Meanwhile, 227 Bulldogs and Lady Techsters achieved a term grade point average of 3.00 and above (second largest total on record for AD Honor Roll) with 121 of those earning academic honors.  A total of 58 made the Dean’s List (3.5-3.85) while 63 made the President’s List (3.85+). 

The fall term grade point average for the 16 LA Tech Athletic programs was a 3.02.  This marked the third straight quarter and the fourth in the last five that the whole department reached a 3.0 GPA.    

Three sports – bowling (3.64), women’s cross country (3.59) and soccer (3.56) – achieved a team GPA of at least a 3.50 for the fall quarter.  The men’s track and field program earned their highest term GPA on record while the baseball program had their second highest term GPA on record.

The following is a list of all the student-athletes who earned a 4.00 GPA for the fall quarter.


Jonathan Fincher, Steele Netterville, Slade Netterville, Mason Kelley, Ryan Jennings


Blake Blaser, J.C. Wigglesworth


Sara Howell-Floyd, Lindsay Manning, Baileigh Snow, Tara Spridco


Jacob Adams, Luke Anthony, Jude Ardoin, Trey Baldwin, Ezekiel Barnett, Arlind Bengu, J’Dan Burnett, Abe Delfin, Carlos Dunovant, Christopher Fournier, Isaiah Graham, Caleb Holstein, Tyler Nettleton, Caleb Phillips, Noah White


Kailyn Briley, Lindsay Edwards, Olivia Ellingson


Bailey Botkin, Alma Cedefors, Nicole Fels, Maci Geltmeier, Emma Jones, Avery Kyle, Rebecca Lancaster, Kalli Matlock, Laura Ogando, Megan Povirk, Lena Radler, Josie Studer, Carmen Suarez, Megan White, Alpine Williams


Madison Cefalu, Ana Rodrigues, Lara Unkovich


McKenzie Johnson, Ainsley Yanz


Amaya Brannon, Silvia Nativi, Lotte Sant, Autumn Smith, Mackenzie Wurm


Seth Boullion, Colin Butler, Tim Fitzgerald, Wilson Yates, John Barham, Conner Killian


Raven Alexander, Gabrielle Bird, Victoria Datta, Nike Praetzel, Leah Scott, Riley Killian

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