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Charlottetown, PEI (December 23, 2015)—UPEI student-athletes have set a university record, not on the field or the court, but in the classroom. For the third year in a row, the number of UPEI Panthers who have achieved Academic All Canadian status has increased to 81.

In the 2012–13 academic year, UPEI set a new university high mark with 73 students meeting the requirements. In 2013–14, 75 students attained the standing, while this year, 2014–15, UPEI is proud of its 81 Academic All-Canadian student-athletes who have reached this goal.Academic All-Canadians are recognized by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) as student-athletes who achieve an academic average of 80 per cent or higher in their studies while participating on one of their university’s varsity teams. Having 81 of 175 students, or 46% of the student-athlete population, realize Academic All-Canadian status puts UPEI among the top universities in the country.

“We’re very proud of our student-athletes’ academic achievements,” said Chris Huggan, Director of Athletics and Recreation at UPEI. “Our goal is to inform them about the supports available and encourage them to reach out for the assistance they need to keep their studies at the forefront. It’s all part of the full experience that we aim to provide for our students.”UPEI’s Inspire Campaign is currently underway to raise $50 million for the University, with the key priorities being Engineering, Global and Experiential Learning, Veterinary Medicine, and Athletics.The Athletics priority aims to provide the facilities and support needed to attract and develop strong student-athletes in their sport and in and outside the classroom.“Our objective is to provide students with a well-rounded experience that includes academics, athletics, and extra-curricular, community activities,” said Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, President and Vice-Chancellor.“Students who are provided with valuable opportunities become great global citizens and contribute to their full potential. There is no better legacy for UPEI,” adds Dr. Abd-El-Aziz.

“The achievements of these CIS Academic All-Canadian student-athletes are a point of pride for the whole University.”The following is a list of UPEI’s 2014-15 CIS Academic All-Canadian recipients, by sport:

Field Hockey: Alyssa Arbing, Kayla Arsenault, MacKenzie Deighan, Hannah Gormley, Katherine Koughan, Danielle LeClair, Emily Ross, Sydney Stavert;

Men’s Hockey: Brent Andrews, Nelson Armstrong, Darcy Ashley, Colin Beck, Craig MacLauchlan, Cole MacMillan (dual sport, also Men’s Soccer), Matthew Mahalak, David Mazurek, Nicholas Parker, Ryan Taylor, Connor Wilkinson;

Men’s Soccer: Mark Edward Ashlee, Eric Da Silva, Kyle Dutton, Nathan Ford, Ben Keefe, Blake Kelly, Cole MacMillan (dual sport, also Men’s Hockey), James Mallard, Jeff Moore, Kieran Moore, Cullen Mullaly, Jared Murphy, Trevor White;

Men’s Basketball: Stefan Vujisic; Swimming: Hannah Jenkins, Rebekah Nitschmann, Martin Sobey, Joseph Sulaiman, Emily Swaine, Katherine VanLeeuwen; Curling: Emily Gray;

Women’s Basketball: Katelynn Donahoe, Elysia Drost, Amy Gough, Julie Hatcher, Terrilyn Herrick, Mary Anne Kiberd, Kiera Rigby;

Women’s Hockey: Ferran Brown, Madison Clarke, Jocelyn Dougan, Olivia Doughart, Cornelia Geib, Margaret Grimmer, Jessie-Anne Howard, Margaret Lockyer, Teagan Pringle, Courtney Stewart, Kiana Strand, Samantha Sweet, Keirstin Visser;

Women’s Rugby: Lauren Chamberlain, Rebecca Chapman, Leah Corrigan, Amy Marie Hickey, Holly Jones, Danielle Lacey, Megan Larkin, Mariah Wedge;

Women’s Soccer: Sarah Cannell, Kelsie Collier, Katherine Drake, Jerika Gimpel, Kelly Green, Anna Lazurko, Jenna McDonald, Courtney McRorie, Meaghan Malcolm, Olivia Murphy, Lindsay Noonan, Melissa Richardson, Alexandra Shinnan, Sarah Stanley.