SEWARD, Neb. – A group of seven Bulldogs from head coach Mandi Maser’s dance and cheer squads were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes on March 10. The list of honorees includes two-time Scholar-Athletes in seniors Angelica Blomenberg and Katherine Vogel. The first-time award winners are Taylor Brockhaus, Rachel Duhachek, Sabrina Hayter, Sarah Johnson and Kathie Nguyen.
In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. A total of 60 competitive cheer and 50 dance student-athletes across the nation were named 2016 Scholar-Athletes by the NAIA.
Concordia University ranks as the NAIA’s all-time leader in number of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes with 1,241 and counting (27 for the fall athletics season). The 2015-16 season produced a GPAC best 92 Bulldog scholar-athletes and a national best 20 NAIA Scholar-Teams. The 2014-15 season culminated with GPAC-leading totals of 94 Bulldog scholar-athletes and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams. During the 2013-14 academic year, Concordia garnered 101 Scholar-Athlete honorees (most in the NAIA) and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams (tied for fourth nationally).
2017 Dance and Cheer Scholar-Athletes
Angelica Blomenberg, Sr. | Norfolk, Neb. | Elementary Education
Taylor Brockhaus, Jr. | Lincoln, Neb. | Middle Level Education
Rachel Duhachek, Jr. | Hartington, Neb. | Psychology
Sabrina Hayter, Jr. | Union, Mo. | Psychology/Behavioral Science
Sarah Johnson, Sr. | Carlisle, Iowa | Studio Art
Kathie Nguyen, Jr. | Grand Island, Neb. | Psychology/Art Therapy
Katherine Vogel, Sr. | Manning, Iowa | Elementary Education