Trio of GW Student-Athletes Named University Outstanding Academic Achievement Awardees

Men's basketball sophomore John Kopriva was one of three student-athletes recognized as an Outstanding Academic Achievement Awardee at the Academic Honors Dinner on April 23.

April 24, 2013

George Washington women's soccer senior Kayley Sullivan, men's tennis junior Ulrik Thomsen and men's basketball sophomore John Kopriva were honored as Outstanding Academic Achievement Awardees at the university's Academic Honors Dinner on Tuesday evening.

Each year, the George Washington University recognizes dedication to excellence in learning by honoring the Outstanding Academic Achievement Awardees - the top two percent, by GPA, of sophomores, juniors and seniors who have distinguished themselves inside and outside the classroom.

"This is a great event every year," President Steven Knapp said in welcoming remarks in the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom in front of students, their family and friends, faculty and staff. "I get to listen to stories that really bring home what we are as an institution."

Provost Steven Lerman, who also provided remarks, added, "It's through that interaction between faculty and great students that we build a great university."

The pair of Sullivan and Kopriva were recognized among the top students in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, while Thomsen was honored along with his peers in the Elliott School of International Affairs. It marks the third consecutive year Sullivan has been recognized at the event and second straight year for Thomsen.

Sullivan, from nearby Alexandria, Va., has appeared on the Athletics Academic Dean's List with a 3.0+ grade-point average, as well as the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll with a 3.5+ GPA, in each of her seven semesters at GW, including five semesters with a perfect 4.0 GPA. During the summer of 2011, Sullivan spent three weeks in Bolivia as an intern for Level Playing Field teaching youth about soccer as a tool to empower young women in the nation. She boasts a 3.98 cumulative GPA and will graduate from GW in May with a degree in psychology.

Thomsen, an international affairs major from Copenhagen, Denmark, carries a 3.91 cumulative GPA and has appeared on the Athletics Department Academic Dean's List and A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll in all five of his semesters, including two perfect 4.0 GPA semesters. He was GW Athletics' January 2013 Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for his service to AIDS Walk and Tragedy Assistant Program for Survivors (TAPS). On the court, he has helped the men's tennis program to a pair of A-10 Championships and earned Second Team All-Atlantic 10 accolades as a sophomore in 2012.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisc., Kopriva has appeared on the Athletics Academic Dean's List and Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll in each of his three semesters at GW, including a perfect 4.0 GPA in his first semester in Fall 2011. He has a 3.91 cumulative GPA as a pre-arts and sciences major who plans to study pre-med. In March 2013, Kopriva was named GW Athletics' Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for spearheading student-athlete involvement in Lemonade Day DC, an experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business - a lemonade stand.

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