AUSTIN, Texas - Senior Alex Wessel has been named third team Academic All-America in selections announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Wessel, a 3.97 student as political science/global studies double major, is the 19th Shenandoah University student-athlete in history to be named Academic All-America and the third from the women's soccer program. The Severn, Maryland native joins Danielle Burris '16, '18 D. PT and Dr. Renee Summerson '09, '11 D.Pharm. as women's soccer student-athletes to earn the honor - Summerson was named in 2008 and Burris in both 2015 and 2016.
Shenandoah has had at least one student-athlete named Academic All-America in each of the past 11 years.
She served as one of the team's co-captains this season and played in 70 games over her four-year career.
Off the field, she is the President of the Political Science Society, a student ambassador and has been inducted into the ODK, Alpha Lambda Delta and Alpha Chi honor societies.
Additionally, she has participated in the SU Global Citizenship Project and given back to the community through Habitat for Humanity, Soccer Step Up, WATTS homeless shelter and serving as a reader at local elementary schools. On campus, she volunteered at Stop Hunger Now and as a mentor for First Year Seminar.
Academically, she is a three-time Academic All-ODAC selection and has been a Dean's List and President's List honoree in every semester of her career.
"I am so thrilled for Alex," SU women's soccer coach Liz Pike said. "This is a great honor for a student that committed herself academically and athletically for four years. We are very proud of her for continuing our tradition of excellence on the field and in the classroom."
To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, student-athletes must have at least a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be a starter or important reserve on their team. Nominees are voted on in one of eight national districts by CoSIDA members with first team All-District honorees moving on to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.