Several student-athletes from Eastern Jackson County were among the many from Graceland University named to the Heart of America Athletic Conference Scholar Athletes list for the 2019-20 school year.


In order to qualify for the honor, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), a minimum of 60 accumulated credit hours, at least five semesters of college and attended the nominating institution for at least two semesters prior to being nominated, and documented participation in a varsity competition


Those local student-athletes who made the list include:


• Carter Wiley of Independence is majoring in business administration and participated in men's golf for Graceland.


• Collin McClaran of Independence is majoring in biology and participated in men's soccer.


• David Vandermark of Blue Springs is majoring in criminal justice and participated in men's soccer.


• Steven Shaw of Blue Springs is majoring in biology and participated in men's golf.


• Kelsey Thompson of Independence is majoring in biology and participated in dance.


• Tabitha Watson of Sugar Creek is majoring in business administration and participated in dance.


• Zachary Grover of Lee’s Summit is majoring in computer science and information technology and participated in men's cross country and men's track and field.


• Dylan Fox of Lee’s Summit is majoring in computer science and information technology and participated in men's soccer.


• Beth Presler of Independence is majoring in music and participated in women's volleyball.