Huntington, Ind.—Five Huntington University spring sport athletes recently earned All-America Scholar Athlete honors from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The award is the highest academic honor given to an individual within his or her respective sports. The NAIA awards All-America Scholar Athlete honors to juniors and seniors who combine excellent achievement in the classroom with outstanding skill on the playing field. For the 2004-2005 spring season, two Forester tennis players and three softball players earned the prestigious honor. Those individuals included:
* Melanie Zehr, a senior business and accounting major from Silver Lake, Ind.
* Ellen Eberling, a junior elementary education major from South Holland, Ill.
* Emily Burkholder, a senior English and history major from West Unity, Ohio
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past seven years, Huntington has produced 50 NAIA All-America honors and 104 All-America Scholar Athlete honors.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the top comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and in 2004 was named one of the 50 best Christian places to work by Christianity Today magazine.