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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.

Maryanne Menefee

Maryanne Menefee, a junior on the Women's Hockey team, is the Female Student-Athlete of the Month for June. Carla Morton, academic counselor for the team, nominated her for this honor. "Maryanne has shown great strides academically over the past semester as well as in her summer courses. Her enthusiasm toward improving academically is great to see. She communicates well, making her very easy to work with. I am excited to see her continue to succeed as a student-athlete."

Head Women's Hockey Coach Brad Frost echoed those sentiments. "It is great to see Maryanne rewarded for her commitment to academics.  Having the discipline to strive for academic excellence definitely pays off."


Joey King is the Male Student-Athlete of the Month honoree for June. Joey transferred to the University last fall and just completed his first year as a member of the Men's Basketball Program. Academic counselor, Jacki Lienesch, was enthusiastic about his academic performance. “Joey had a great spring semester, earning a perfect 4.0 GPA. I am very proud of Joey’s accomplishments in the classroom. Since Joey has transferred to the University, he has worked diligently to improve his academics."

Head Men's Basketball Coach Richard Pitino commented, "We are very proud of Joey King and what he accomplished last semester. He is what being a student-athlete at the University of Minnesota is all about. He has worked extremely hard in the classroom and it’s nice to see him be rewarded for that hard work."

Joey King

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