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By Shannyn J. Gillespie
U.S. Olympic Education Center (USOEC) freestyle wrestler and freshman Northern Michigan University (NMU) student Carlene Sluberski scored a perfect 4.0 grade point average (gpa) for the 2009 fall semester at NMU.
Sluberski passed 12 credit hours with all 'A's while accumulating 48 quality points for her efforts. Quality points are the product of credit hours (cr) taken and grade point average (in this case 12 x 4 = 48) and reflect a students progress towards graduation; or, more credits + plus higher grade point average = higher quality points.
Freshman NMU student Cassandra (Cass) Schmidt earned straight 'A's while taking 14 cr and amassing 54.20 quality points in her first semester. Schmidt was awarded a 3.87 grade point average for her hard work, and along with Sluberski, was named to the USOEC All-Academic Team that recognizes gpa's of 3.0 and higher.
Three other USOEC freestyle wrestlers and NMU students were also named to the USOEC All-Academic Team: Mary Kelly, 3.31 gpa-15 cr; Emily Martin, 3.23 gpa-12 cr; and Laura Conway, 3.04 gpa-15 cr.
This marks the sixth and seventh time that USOEC freestyle wrestlers were able to capture straight 'A's at NMU: Nicole Darrow 4.0 gpa 2008 fall semester; Lindsey Brooks 2008 fall semester; Emily Martin 2008 fall semester; Amy Borgnini 4.0 gpa 2008 winter semester; Nicole Darrow 2007 fall semester.
The USOEC freestyle team averaged 12.3 credit hours per student and also a 2.66 team grade point average.
In February, 1989, the U.S. Olympic Committee named Northern Michigan University as the nation's only United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC). The USOEC's main focus is the resident athlete training program, where athletes actively train for the Olympic Games while also continuing their education.
Generally, athletes in this program must be nationally ranked and also approved by their national governing body (NGB), the USOEC, and NMU. The USOEC has resident athlete training programs in freestyle wrestling, short track speedskating, Greco-Roman wrestling, boxing, and weightlifting.
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