Bonnema wins academic honor

Posted July 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Dordt College student-athletes Briana Vander Woude (Class of 2013 from Clara City, Minn.,) and Katie Bonnema (junior, Ireton) have been named CoSIDA’s Capital One Academic All-Americans.

Vander Woude was accorded First Team honors and Bonnema was a Second Team honoree.

Vander Woude recently graduated from Dordt College in Sioux Center after a career in which she won two NAIA National Championships in the multi-events and was an NAIA All-American nine different times. Top-eight finishers at the national championship meets are named All-Americans. Vander Woude was a Second Team selection in 2012.

Bonnema won the 2013 NAIA Indoor National Championship in the 600 Meters and placed sixth in the NAIA National Championships in the 400 Meter Run. She also competed for the 2012 Dordt College cross country team that qualified for the NAIA Championships in November and finished 74th in the national meet.

Both claimed All American honors at the 2013 indoor and outdoor NAIA National Championship meets and were accorded NAIA-Scholar Athlete honors this season.

COSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) began the Academic All-America program in the 1950s, and since then has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports and across all divisions with these elite Capital One Academic All-America scholar athlete honors. Currently CoSIDA honors Academic All-Americans in 12 sports. CoSIDA was founded in 1957 and currently is a 2,700-pluys member national organization comprised of the sports public relations, communications and information professionals throughout all levels of collegiate athletics in the United States and Canada.

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