Cheer/Dance lands three on Scholar-Athlete list

By Jacob Knabel on Mar. 12, 2016 in Cheer

NAIA release

SEWARD, Neb. – For the first time ever, the NAIA has recognized dance and cheer student-athletes as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. On Friday three Bulldogs (two cheer, one dance) found themselves on the list: juniors Angelica Blomenberg, Aly Miller and Katherine Vogel. All three are majoring in elementary education.

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 78 competitive cheer and dance student-athletes across the nation were named 2015-16 scholar-athletes by the NAIA.

Concordia University ranks as the NAIA’s all-time leader in number of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes with 1,258 and counting (39 for the fall of 2015). 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).

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Nebraska, that currently serves more than 2,600 students. Concordia offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit

2015-16 Concordia cheer/dance scholar-athletes
Angelica Blomenberg | Jr. | Norfolk, Neb. | Elementary Education
Aly Miller | Jr. | Sioux City, Iowa | Elementary Education
Katherine Vogel | Jr. | Manning, Iowa | Elementary Education