Former Forest Park star honored

EAST LANSING — Crystal Falls’ Lexi Gussert was among the 1,143 students competing in intercollegiate athletics that earned the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award.

Gussert, who completed her senior season of Michigan State women’s basketball in March, majored in kinesiology. She was one of 17 Big Ten women’s basketball players honored and the only Spartan.

“Huge shoutout to the professors, and especially the Smith Center, and all the tutors who ever put up with me,” Gussert said on Twitter.

The list includes students from all 14 Big Ten institutions and 38 different sports who have recorded a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year.

Big Ten faculty representatives established the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2008 to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program.

Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must be a recipient of Academic All-Big Ten Recognition in the previous academic year, must have been enrolled fulltime at the institution for the entire previous academic year (two semesters or three quarters) and earned a minimum GPA of 3.70 or better during the previous academic year, excluding any summer grades.

The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for a student’s academic career. MSU had 114 student-athletes recognized, the second-most among conference schools, trailing only Ohio State (129).