NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Six student-athletes have been honored by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association for their performance in the classroom in Academic All-State selections announced Tuesday by the organization.
The six are among a group of 234 from 41 schools across the commonwealth that earned Academic All-State honors. To be selected, student-athletes must have at least a 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale and have completed two years of athletic eligibility.
LaTona headlines the group as the sole repeat honoree and the six represent a total of nine sports. Dubin is a dual sport athlete, playing for both the golf and tennis teams, while Shrader runs for the cross country team in the fall, indoor track & field in the winter and outdoor track & field in the spring.
Five of the six: LaTona, Loew, Nguyen, Shrader and Pardo, were all named All-ODAC with Shrader winning the ODAC Championship in the steeplechase at the outdoor championships. Pardo and Nguyen both earned ODAC All-Tournament honors in addition to their All-ODAC accolades.
Loew had a breakout season with the baseball program, leading the team in doubles, triples, home runs and RBIs on his way to being named second team All-America by D3baseball.com.
The six have an average GPA of 3.67 with Pardo's 3.92 and LaTona's 3.91 leading the group.