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Student-Athlete of the Month

Each month, the McNamara Academic Center for Student-Athletes (MAC) will recognize one male and one female University of Minnesota student-athlete for their academic achievements. The winners are determined by a number of factors evaluated on a monthly basis. Including, but not limited to outstanding test/exam results, GPA improvements, superior modeling in study habits and skills, academic praise from instructors, and overall grade reports for a given semester.

Joanna Hedstrom

Joanna Hedstrom, a sophomore on the Women's Basketball team, is the Female Student-Athlete of the Month for July. Joanna performed very well academically in her first-year at the University. Taking honors curriculum in conjunction with Carlson School of Management courses, she excelled during a busy competition season. This summer, she has continued her strong performance with high grades in her courses, participation in grueling summer workouts, and undergraduate research for her honors program. Academic counselor Alissa Allen noted, “Joanna is always on top of her work, and I never have to worry about her performance. She is quick to ask for help when needed and makes it a priority to succeed in everything she does. The sky is the limit for her in the future. I look forward to seeing her development over the next three years.”

Head Women’s Basketball Coach Marlene Stollings echoed this excitement for Joanna’s accomplishments. “We are extremely proud of Joanna! Her dedication and commitment to the classroom is indicative of her to ability excel in all areas of her life. This is a great honor for her as well as our program.”


Gaelin Elmore, a true freshman on the Football team, is the Male Student-Athlete of the Month for July. Gaelin’s collegiate career is off to an impressive start, earning a 4.0 GPA during his first summer. His academic counselor Kyle Quagliana explained that, “Gaelin has established himself as a clear leader of the 2014 freshman class and has the ability to accomplish anything that he sets his mind to now and in the future.” In addition to his high achievements in the classroom, Gaelin has spent significant time this summer volunteering with the MAGIC Program. Anissa Lightner, the Assistant Director for Student-Athlete Development, added that, “He has been a great ambassador of our programs.”

While Gaelin is yet to compete on the football field, Head Coach Jerry Kill already sees the potential in Gaelin. “It does not surprise me that Gaelin has earned this honor. He is a mature young man and knows exactly what he wants.”

Gaelin Elmore

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