Three Hoosiers Honored as March Scholar-Athletes and C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month
April 30, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Indiana student-athletes have been selected as the March Scholar-Athletes and C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month for their achievements on and off the field. Redshirt junior safety Rayshun Calhoun and women's tennis standout freshman Myriam Sopel were selected as the IU Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month, and junior coxswain Madison Spruell was honored as the C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month.
Calhoun, a safety on the Hoosiers' football team that played in the 2007 Insight Bowl, played in the season opener against Indiana State and at Western Michigan on special teams.
"Rayshun has had a difficult semester and during this trying time, he has persevered and excelled academically," said Mattie White, Assistant Athletic Director for Student Services. "Rayshun is a focused student, who is determined to do great things for those around him. Not only is he a scholar student-athlete, but he is also a great person with a bright future ahead of him. I am truly proud of the young man that he has become."
Sopel, a standout on IU's women's tennis team, has started every match this season in either the singles or doubles lineup, and both on several occasions. The Longnes, France, native has posted dual match records of 7-1 in singles and 21-4 in doubles action. She has won 19 of her last 21 doubles contests, including a stretch of 16 consecutive wins. Also impressive is the fact that she won each of her first four singles starts by the score of 6-0, 6-0.
"Myriam has excelled in the classroom, we receive great feedback from professors and tutors regarding her work ethic, and she is a very positive person," Scott Maxwell, IU Academic Advisor, said. "She arrived in the fall a non-native speaker and has already overcome this obstacle to exceed our expectations."
Spruell, a standout on the Indiana rowing team, helped her squad earn the C.H.A.M.P.S. Challenge award from the IU Athletics and Student Development departments. She is the coxswain of the Varsity Eight and was instrumental in leading the Hoosiers to the Big Ten Championships on May 3.
"Madison is an excellent example of a well-rounded student-athlete," said Korinth Patterson, Indiana's C.H.A.M.P.S./Life Skills Coordinator. "She excels in all five commitment areas of the C.H.A.M.P.S./Live Skills program academic and athletic excellence, personal and career development and service. Madison is always willing to help out and works hard to get her teammates involved. Her dedication and persistence will lead to a successful future."