UNIVERSITY PARK — Petra Januskova of the women’s tennis team and John Urschel of the football team have been chosen as recipients of Penn State’s 2013 Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Awards.
Also, Gizelle Studevent of the women’s basketball team earned the John W. Oswald Award.
The trio were honored at Penn State’s annual Student Awards Ceremony on Sunday at Eisenhower Auditorium.
The McCoy Award is presented annually to one senior male and female student-athlete who has combined successful athletic participation with academic excellence. The award is named for Ernest B. McCoy, Penn State’s Athletic Director and Dean of the College of Physical Education from 1952-70.
Januskova, a native of Ottawa, Canada, and a marketing major, received ITA and Big Ten All-Academic honors last year. She has 24 victories this season in singles, ranks second all-time in Penn State history for most career singles victories with 89, trailing only Olga Novikova (95), and has the top two spots in program history for single-season wins with 30 and 27. She also has 47 career doubles wins.
Urschel, a fifth-year senior guard, started every game in 2012 and was selected first-team All-Big Ten by conference coaches while helping the Nittany Lions lead the Big Ten in total offense and rank second in scoring offense and passing offense in conferernce games. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average in mathematics last May, less than three years after enrolling at Penn State, and is on schedule to graduate next month with a master’s degree in math. He also was a first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American last season.
Studevent was among five recipients of the Oswald Award, established in 1983 to annually recognize seniors who have provided outstanding leadership in at least one of several areas of activity at the university. Studevent used an independent study project to create “Penn State Athletes Take Action,” working with the Centre County Women's Resource Center to develop a program to take into local middle schools to talk with students about bullying and bully prevention. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection was honored as one of five members of the inaugural Allstate WBCA Good Works Team award for volunteerism and civic involvement.