WAYNE – A pair of Wayne State College student-athletes were listed as Northern Sun Conference Honor award winners.
According to a release from the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota Friday morning, seniors Vance Janssen and Christiana Stasi were selected.
Each Northern Sun Conference institution nominates one male and one female student-athlete for the Britton and Kelly Awards. The nominees must meet criteria that includes a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, evidence of academic excellence beyond the minimum grade point average (scholarship prizes and other academic recognition), evidence of participation in the life of the institution and evidence of participation in at least two-thirds of the varsity events of the individual’s primary sport.
Janssen is a senior men’s basketball player from Blair (Blair HS) and maintains a 3.719 grade point average majoring in pre-pharmacy and chemical health science. He started all but one game in his four years on the basketball court at point guard and averaged 12.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as a senior to earn All-NSIC honorable mention honors, helping the Wildcats to a 21-10 record and a share of the NSIC South Division regular season title.
Janssen ended his Wildcat career ranking second in career steals (165), fifth in career assists (289) and 19th in career scoring with 1,153 points.
He was awarded the Butch Raymond Scholarship by Sanford Health and is a three-time selection to the NSIC All-Academic Team. Janssen will graduate from Wayne State College in May and has been accepted into pharmacy school at Nebraska Medical Center where he will continue his education.
Stasi is a senior on the Wildcat women’s soccer team from Omaha (Millard North HS) and carries a 4.00 grade point average majoring in psychology and sociology.
On the pitch, Stasi earned All-NSIC Second Team honors this season after leading the Wildcats in scoring for a second straight season. She led the team with 10 points on four goals and two assists and was an All-NSIC selection three of her four years at Wayne State (All-NSIC honorable mention as a freshman and junior).
Academically, she became the first Wildcat soccer player to receiver Academic All-American honors this season as she was named Google Cloud Academic All-American Third Team along with United Soccer Coaches Women’s Scholar All-West Region Third Team. Stasi is a three-time NSIC All-Academic selection.
Stasi will graduate from Wayne State College in May and has accepted a job in Omaha and will also pursue graduate school at the same time.
Janssen and Stasi will also be honored as the Wayne State Bob Cunningham Scholar Athletes of the Year.
The Britton Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence, in its 35th year, recognizes the NSIC’s top male student-athlete (Kirby Hora – football from Augustana) and the Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award, in its 34th year, is presented to the NSIC’s top female student-athlete (Anna Winter – volleyball from Upper Iowa). Both honorees will be recognized on Tuesday, July 9 at the 2019 NSIC Hall of Fame Banquet at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Lakeville, Minnesota and will each receive a $3,000 post-graduate scholarship.