Twenty-eight P.S. Abington student-athletes recognized for academic excellence

July 27, 2013

The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) recognized 28 Penn State Abington student-athletes last week for their academic prowess during the 2012-13 academic year. The NEAC Scholar Athletes achieved a combined grade-point average of at least 3.4 for the fall and spring semesters.

There were at least two NEAC Scholar Athletes from each of the 13 varsity sports teams fielded at Abington. Softball and men's cross-country led with four recipients each, followed by women's tennis and lacrosse with three each.

The NEAC honored these Abington students: Mohannad Abdulrahman, Dylan Amin, Leah Brown, Sandy Cao, Mike Colacci, Christopher Cothran, Melissa Craig, William Erskine, Cara Fiala, Sascha Gidron, Desirae Holmes, Jacqualyn Horbury, Alex Kane, Tori Kimberly and Harry Kohn.

Jessica McGarrity, Alexandra Murianka, Ahmad Mustafa, Maria Narodetsky, Lori Phillips, Carly Powell, Jessica Schmidt, Ted Smallwood, Sarah Snyder-Kamen, Dan Steinberg, Faith Sykes, Ken Watson and Carly Wenderlich also were named.

The Scholar Athletes hail from Spain, Texas, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

The NEAC acknowledged a total of 513 students from its 16 member institutions who represent 26 states and 17 countries for the 2012-13 academic year.

Last year, 22 Abington students earned the NEAC Scholar Athlete designation. Abington fields 13 varsity teams including baseball, golf, softball, and women’s lacrosse and volleyball. Men’s and women’s teams compete in basketball, cross-country, soccer and tennis. For more information about Abington athletics, go to

  • Sandy Cao

    NEAC Scholar Athlete Sandy Cao played attack as a first-year student at Penn State Abington. She graduated from Philadelphia’s Northeast High School.

    IMAGE: Mike Levin

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Last Updated August 05, 2013