MACON – Mercer University won its seventh consecutive Barrett-Bonner Award from the Southern Conference following the 2021-22 academic year. The award was presented Wednesday night at the Honors Dinner which wrapped up the 2022 SoCon spring meetings in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

The Barrett-Bonner Award is given to the SoCon institution that places the highest percentage of its student-athletes on the league’s academic honor roll. Mercer placed 78.5% of its student-athletes on the Southern Conference Honor Roll.

“We are very proud of our student-athletes and academic support staff for attaining this honor,” said Mercer Director of Athletics Jim Cole. “This award is a direct result of the work done by Sybil Blalock and her staff and it certifies our commitment to success in the classroom.”

In addition to leading the SoCon in total Honor Roll selections and percentage of student-athletes on the Honor Roll with 336, the Bears had 91 student-athletes earn Commissioner’s Medals and 39 who tallied 4.0 GPAs.

Mercer has won the award each year it has been eligible since joining the conference during the 2014-15 academic year, and its seven-year winning streak surpasses former member, Davidson, who won six consecutive from 2008-09 to 2013-14. In its 30-year existence, Mercer and Davidson are the only schools to win the Barrett-Bonner Award on multiple occasions and have combined to win 27 times.

First presented in 1994, the Barrett-Bonner Award is named after Col. John G. Barrett, faculty athletics representative at Virginia Military Institute from 1965-87, and Dr. Francis W. Bonner, faculty athletics representative at Furman University from 1968-90.

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