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Boise State lands 61 students on Academic All-Mountain West list

These are bright ones!

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As much success as Boise State enjoys on the field of competition, they also have success in the classroom. Today the Academic All-Mountain West teams were announced and the Broncos had a league second-best 61 students reach the the goal. What's the goal you ask?

To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution while maintaining a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0-or-better, and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletic team.

The football team had thirty players on the team. The most in the conference for football. Men's cross country has five. Women's cross country has four. The soccer team has fourteen and the volleyball team has eight.

The Best of the Best (students with perfect 4.0) included freshman runner Allie Ostrander and footballer Kelsey Young. Minttu Hukka and Brenna Peloquin (both of women's cross country) and Phoebe Bell also had 4.0s.

A lot is said about the "student" side of the term "student-athlete." Both the emphasis on grades, school work, and succeeding after the field of competition is done. The Broncos have made some big strides in raising the value of a Boise State diploma. Ensuring that the athletes that compete here move on to even greater things is important for both to the future athletes and to the other students that are going to attend the university.

By strengthening the academic reputation of the school, it broadens the appeal for potential kids to come learn. As evidenced by President Kustra playing a part in the Broncos landing Curtis Weaver. Also fantastic to see so many take their studies so seriously and keep their own futures bright.

Congratulations Broncos and keep it up!