ASHLAND — Six Ferrum College student-athletes, two of whom graduated this past May, have earned Academic All-State citations for 2018-2019 from the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).

Honorees must have a minimum cumulative grade-point-average (GPA) of 3.25 must have attained sophomore academic standing.

Four-year colleges and/or universities in Virginia may nominate as many as six student-athletes from all sports for academic all-state team, according to a VaSID release.

All six of Ferrum’s honorees surpassed the minimum standard and three carried 4.0 averages.

The two Ferrum graduates recognized are Leya Deickman of Fayeteville, N.C., who competed in women’s wrestling, and Cheyenne Strickland of Galax, a standout in volleyball and softball.

Deickman, who earned a 4.0 GPA, received her bachelor’s in English with minors in teacher education and psychology.

Strickland, who earned a 3.83 GPA, received her bachelor’s in liberal arts with a minor in elementary education.

The four honorees with remaining eligibility are Elina Baltins of Callao, who competes in women’s swimming; Brian Mann of Buchanan, who plays football; Josh Greenway of Roanoke, a starter on the baseball team; and Alex Mattson of Virginia Beach, a top performer on the women’s soccer squad.

Baltins and Mann are rising seniors, while Greenway and Mattson are rising juniors.

Baltins has a 4.0 GPA in pre-professional health science with a minor in psychology and Mann has a 3.61 GPA in business administration.

Greenway has a 4.0 GPA in pre-professional health science and Mattson has a 4.0 with a double major in pre-professional science pre-med and psychology and minors in Spanish, biology and chemistry.

A total of 197 student-athletes were cited by the organization.

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