DEVELOPING CHAMPIONS: IN THE CLASSROOM

A key emphasis of “Developing Champions” is the pursuit of excellence in the classroom. Wake Forest student-athletes continued to impress with their academic performance throughout the 2015-16 year, and for 63 deserving student-athletes, their years of hard work and dedication paid off as they received their undergraduate or graduate degrees from Wake Forest.


ACC Accolades


  • More than half (54%) of all student-athletes made the ACC Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is comprised of student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.00 or better for the full academic year.
  • Hunter Williams (football) was recognized as Wake Forest’s ACC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
  • Samantha Jones (women’s cross country) was recognized as Wake Forest’s ACC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
  • Valerie Dahmen of the Wake Forest field hockey team and Kent Garrett of the Wake Forest men’s cross country and track and field teams were honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference as 2016 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship recipients. The Demon Deacon duo was among 52 student-athletes recognized by the conference for their excellence on the field as well as in the classroom. Each recipient receives $5,000 toward his or her graduate education on behalf of the ACC.

Wake Forest Accolades


  • Dean’s Cup honors for 2015-16 went to Men’s Tennis and Women’s Cross Country/Track. The Dean’s Cup recognizes the team with the highest GPA for the year.
  • The Edwin G. Wilson Scholar Athlete Awards, which are awarded annually to the most outstanding Wake Forest male and female junior or senior student-athletes based on academic excellence, were presented to Luisa Fernandez (women’s tennis) and Jacori Hayes (men’s soccer).
  • Ten Wake Forest student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall semester: Morgan Briggs (women’s soccer), Kaitlyn Dry (women’s soccer), Luisa Fernandez (women’s tennis), Sebastian Fischbach (men’s cross country), Zachary Gordon (football), Kevin Politz (men’s soccer), Carter Richardson (men’s soccer), Peter Schlachte (men’s cross country), Jessy Silfer (field hockey), Andrew Winters (men’s golf)
  • Seven Wake Forest student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the spring semester: Kathleen Adair (women’s track & field), Amy Collins (women’s track & field), Caitlin Krol (women’s cross country), Andrea Retolaza-Andrade (women’s tennis), Peter Schlachte (men’s cross country), Jessy Silfer (field hockey), Henry West (men’s cross country)
  • Wake Forest University held its annual commencement ceremonies on Monday, May 16 with 63 Wake Forest student-athletes receiving their undergraduate or graduate degrees. Wake Forest University President Dr. Nathan O. Hatch addressed the graduates during the ceremony, along with this year’s commencement speaker, Eboo Patel, a leading voice for interfaith cooperation and the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core. Following the ceremony, Wake Forest Athletics held a reception in the Miller Center for its graduating student-athletes.

NCAA Accolades


  • Eleven teams posted perfect Academic Performance Rate (APR) scores of 1,000: Men’s Basketball, Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Golf, Men’s Soccer, Men’s Track & Field, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Golf, Women’s Tennis, Women’s Track & Field and Women’s Volleyball
  • Women’s golf earned an APR Public Recognition Award for having an APR that ranked in the top 10% of their sport nationally
  • Graduation Success Rate = 92% (Tied for 8th best in nation with three other schools)
  • Seven teams earned perfect Graduation Success Rate (GSR) scores of 100: Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Field Hockey, Women’s Golf, Women’s Tennis and Women’s Volleyball