The 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor



Throughout the 2013-14 academic year, the Big Ten is highlighting the 100th anniversary of a very unique tradition - the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The conference is celebrating the anniversary by highlighting the many stories of student-athlete success in both academics and athletics since the honor was first granted in 1915. Below is today's Big Ten Medal of Honor spotlight: The class of 2014.
100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 100

The Big Ten Conference concluded its 100th anniversary celebration of the esteemed Big Ten Medal of Honor by highlighting the 2014 class of honorees on Wednesday. Twenty-four student-athletes from 17 different sports were honored with the prestigious award, which was established in 1915 and was the first award in intercollegiate athletics to demonstrate support for the educational emphasis placed on athletics. The Big Ten Medal of Honor is awarded to one male and one female student-athlete from the graduating class of each member institution who has demonstrated excellence on and off the field throughout their college career.

This year's list of distinguished student-athletes includes Academic All-America and All-Big Ten honorees, individual award winners and NCAA and Big Ten team and individual champions. All 24 of the recipients have been named Academic All-Big Ten at least once in their career and 15 received All-Conference recognition this academic year. This class of honorees is pursuing diverse fields of study with a list of majors that include pre-med, sociology, computer engineering, political science, finance and management, biosystems engineering and many others.

The 2014 Big Ten Medal of Honor class of recipients boasts five Academic All-Americans: Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo, Iowa's James Morris, Nebraska's Emily Wong, Northwestern's Marisa Bast and Ohio State's Aaron Craft. Craft became the Buckeyes' first three-time Academic All-American and was named the men's basketball Academic All-American of the Year each of the last two years. Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase and Iowa's Morris were Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners, while Michigan State's Greg Wolfe and Nebraska's Wong were also named Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honorees in their respective sports during the academic year. Indiana's Meghan Lappan and Iowa's Morris and Marike Stribos were recipients of Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarships, given to one male and one female student-athlete from each of the Big Ten institutions who plan to continue their education at a graduate degree program.

Athletically, nine student-athletes were Big Ten individual and/or team champions and one was a member of a national championship team. Ohio State's Allison Elber helped lead the Buckeyes to consecutive national titles and Big Ten Championships in women's rowing. Other Medal of Honor winners to earn Big Ten regular season or tournament team titles were Michigan's John Wojciechowski in men's swimming and diving, Michigan State's Kristen Henn in field hockey, Minnesota's Sara Moulton in softball, Nebraska's Wong in women's gymnastics, Penn State's Emily Giannotti in women's track and field and Wisconsin's Reed Connor in men's track and field. Individual Big Ten champions included Wojciechowski in the 200-yard and 400-yard medley relays, Minnesota's Derek Toomey in the 50-yard freestyle, Nebraska's Wong in the floor exercise and balance beam, Purdue's Casey Matthews in one-meter diving and Wisconsin's Connor in the 3,000- and 10,000 meters. Four Big Ten Medal of Honor winners garnered individual accolades for their athletic performances during the 2013-14 season: Nebraska's Wong was tabbed Big Ten Women's Gymnast of the Year, Ohio State's Craft earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year laurels, Purdue's Matthews was honored as Big Ten Co-Diver of the Championships and Wisconsin's Connor was named Big Ten Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.

To learn more about the Big Ten Medal of Honor, including this year’s honorees, click here.

About the Big Ten Medal of Honor:
The conference's most exclusive award was the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had "attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work." Big Ten schools currently feature more than 8,200 student-athletes, but only 24 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In the 99 years of the Medal of Honor, over 1,300 student-athletes have earned this distinction.



Previous Big Ten Medal of Honor Spotlights:
Day 100 (June 18): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Class of 2014
Day 99 (June 17): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Northwestern's Lorie Miller
Day 98 (June 16): Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Wisconsin
Day 98 (June 16): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Wisconsin's Honorees
Day 97 (June 15): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Father/Son Duo
Day 96 (June 14): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Minnesota's Matt Nohelty
Day 95 (June 13): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Ohio State's Laura Murray
Day 94 (June 12): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Northwestern's Marty Riessen
Day 93 (June 11): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Illinois' Tim Simon
Day 92 (June 10): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Iowa's Lindsey Meder
Day 91 (June 9): Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Purdue
Day 90 (June 8): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Michigan State's Robert Jasson
Day 89 (June 7): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Minnesota's George MacKinnon
Day 88 (June 6): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Michigan State's Honorees
Day 87 (June 5): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Wisconsin's Erik Raygor
Day 86 (June 4): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Minnesota's Honorees
Day 85 (June 3): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Northwestern's Honorees
Day 84 (June 2): Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Penn State
Day 83 (June 1): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Current Golf Coaches
Day 82 (May 31): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Michigan's Jeff Porter
Day 81 (May 30): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Michigan's Casey Close
Day 80 (May 29): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Illinois' Eric Siebert
Day 79 (May 28): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Purdue's John Konsek
Day 78 (May 27): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Penn State's Honorees
Day 77 (May 26): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Ohio State's Mike Repasky
Day 76 (May 25): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Iowa's Brian Wujcik
Day 75 (May 24): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Wisconsin's John Byce
Day 74 (May 23): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Michigan's Ryan Bertin
Day 73 (May 22): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Minnesota's Paul Giel
Day 72 (May 21): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Northwestern's Anucha Browne
Day 71 (May 20): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Michigan State's Brandon Eckerle
Day 70 (May 19): Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Ohio State
Day 69 (May 18): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Iowa's Larry Station
Day 68 (May 17): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Illinois' Ashley Berggren
Day 67 (May 16): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Minnestoa's Bernie Bierman
Day 66 (May 15): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Indiana's Joy Jordan
Day 65 (May 14): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Michigan State's George (Pete) Gent
Day 64 (May 13): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Purdue's Lawrence G. Burton, Jr.
Day 63 (May 12): Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Northwestern
Day 62 (May 11): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Purdue's Joy Holmes
Day 61 (May 10): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Indiana's Steve Alford
Day 60 (May 9): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Nebraska's Ashley Miller
Day 59 (May 8): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Michigan's Jon Jansen
Day 58 (May 7): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Penn State's John Urschel
Day 57 (May 6): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Michigan's Angela Findlay
Day 56 (May 5): Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Nebraska
Day 55 (May 4): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Purdue's Andrea Hillsey
Day 54 (May 3): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Purdue's Drew Brees
Day 53 (May 2): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Michigan State's Morten Andersen
Day 52 (May 1): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Iowa's Honorees
Day 51 (April 30): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Indiana's Honorees
Day 50 (April 29): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Illinois' Honorees
Day 49 (April 28): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Purdue's Honorees
Day 48 (April 27): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Michigan State's Danton Cole
Day 47 (April 26): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Current Big Ten Hockey Coaches
Day 46 (April 25): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Minnesota's Lindsey Berg
Day 45 (April 24): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Iowa's Kristin Johnson
Day 44 (April 23): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Olympic Medalists
Day 43 (April 22): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Penn State's Joanna Lohman
Day 42 (April 21): Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Minnesota
Day 41 (April 20): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Ohio State's Katie Smith
Day 40 (April 19): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Purdue's Mel Garland
Day 39 (April 18): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Wisconsin's Mike Eaves
Day 38 (April 17): Big Ten Medal of Honor: NCAA Team Champions
Day 37 (April 16): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Michigan's Honorees
Day 36 (April 15): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Ohio State's Honorees
Day 35 (April 14): Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Michigan State
Day 35 (April 14): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Nebraska's Honorees
Day 34 (April 13): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Michigan's Rob Pelinka
Day 33 (April 12): Big Ten Medal of Honor: NCAA Individual Champions
Day 32 (April 11): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Michigan's Jason Botterill
Day 31 (April 10): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Professional Golfers
Day 30 (April 9): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Ohio State's Jerry Lucas
Day 29 (April 8): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Penn State's Helen Holloway
Day 28 (April 7): Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Michigan
Day 27 (April 6): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Big Ten Individual Champions
Day 26 (April 5): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Michigan's Diane Dietz
Day 25 (April 4): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Illinois' Rob Mango
Day 24 (April 3): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Penn State's John Amaechi
Day 23 (April 2): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Big Ten Champions
Day 22 (April 1): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Inaugural Big Ten Medal of Honor Winners and Physicians
Day 21 (March 31): Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Iowa
Day 20 (March 30): Big Ten Medal of Honor: BTN Personalities
Day 19 (March 29): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Day 18 (March 28): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Nebraska's Bjorn Barrefors
Day 17 (March 27): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Illinois' Dike Eddleman
Day 16 (March 26): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Brothers
Day 15 (March 25): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Academic All-Big Ten
Day 14 (March 24): Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Indiana
Day 13 (March 23): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Illinois' Bob Richards
Day 12 (March 22): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Current Big Ten Head Coaches
Day 11 (March 21): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Penn State's Michele Robinson
Day 10 (March 20): Big Ten Medal of Honor: College Football Hall of Fame honorees
Day 9 (March 19): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Academic All-Americans
Day 8 (March 18): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Indianapolis Media
Day 7 (March 17): Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Illinois
Day 6 (March 16): Creator of the Big Ten Medal of Honor
Day 5 (March 15): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Famous Astronaut
Day 4 (March 14): Legendary Coaches and Big Ten Medal of Honor Winners
Day 3 (March 13): Big Ten Medal of Honor: Married Couple
Day 2 (March 12): Big Ten Medal of Honor Winners at Sochi Olympics
Day 1 (March 11): Big Ten Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Big Ten Medal of Honor
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