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Five GW Student-Athletes Honored Among University's Top Scholars for 2015

April 21, 2015

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WASHINGTON - Five GW student-athletes were recognized as Outstanding Academic Achievement Award recipients and Distinguished Scholars at the university's annual Academic Honors Dinner on Monday evening.

Men's basketball senior John Kopriva was selected as one of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences' two Distinguished Scholars, while men's soccer junior Jonny Forrest, women's rowing junior Jen Nichols, women's tennis junior Lana Robins and men's tennis junior Danil Zelenkov were honored with the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award from their respective schools.

Nichols, Robins and Zelenkov all repeated their recognition from 2014, while Kopriva earned an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award as a sophomore in 2013.

A chemistry major and aspiring orthopedic surgeon from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kopriva boasts a 3.93 cumulative grade-point average and has been named to the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and GW Athletics Academic Dean's List in each of his seven semesters, including three semesters with a perfect 4.0 GPA. This February he earned the GW men's basketball program's 10th Academic All-America selection with Third Team honors, and he is the team's career record holder for games played with 128.

A 2014 Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team selection and NSCAA Scholar All-East Region honorable mention, Forrest owns a 3.91 grade-point average while majoring in finance and sport, event and hospitality management in the School of Business. The native of North Shields, England, has been recognized on the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and GW Athletics Academic Dean's List all five semesters including two semesters with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Forrest tied for the Colonials' team lead with three goals and was third on the team with six points in 2014.

Nichols has posted a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in four of her five semesters as a psychology major in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. She is a five-time selection to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and GW Athletics Academic Dean's List who has served as coxswain of the JV8 boat in 2014-15 and coxed the Varsity 4 to a bronze medal at the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship as a sophomore.

Robins is an international affairs major with a 3.94 grade-point average, including two semesters with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She has appeared on both the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and GW Athletics Academic Dean's List in each of her five semesters while playing in the top two singles positions and earning A-10 All-Conference recognition in 2013 and 2014.

Zelenkov, also an international affairs major, holds a 3.92 grade-point average with a pair of perfect 4.0 GPA semesters. The Skopje, Macedonia, native has landed on both the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and GW Athletics Academic Dean's List in each of his five semesters and earned A-10 All-Conference First Team honors in 2013 and 2014.

Each year the George Washington University recognizes dedication to excellence in learning by honoring the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award Recipients, the top 2 percent by GPA, of sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have distinguished themselves inside and outside the classroom. Additionally, each school with undergraduate students presents a Distinguished Scholar.

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