Honorees earned minimum grade point average of 3.7 for the 2011-12 academic year.
A record 294 Spartan student-athletes were honored for cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or better.
Ninty Spartans student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
OUTDOOR:: Placed first and recorded a personal-best time of 9:04.82 in the 3000m run (Lyle Bennett Invitational) ... Competed in the 1500m at the Spartan Invitational, setting a personal-best time of 4:10.68.
INDOOR: Recorded a personal-best time of 14:53.40 in the 5000m run (Notre Dame Meyo Invitational).
Was a letterwinner in both track (2006-2009) and cross country (2005-2008) and was the 2009 track captain at Grand Blanc High School ... Was elected all-state in 2008 with a 16th place finish in the cross country state meet ... Finished fourth in the regional meet in 2008 and third in the all-county meet ... Winner of the 2008 Big-Nine all-Academic award ... President of National Honor Society in 2009.
Born on December 28, 1990 to Sam and Pat Burdick ... Enrolled in Michigan State's James Madison College, studying international relations.