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Academic All-State Announced

Academic All-State Announced

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.

Rising seniors Stephen LaTona, Jake LoewJennifer Nguyen and Shelby Shrader, along with rising juniors Brett Dubin and Elizabeth Pardo, have all earned Academic All-State honors.

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.