Western had four of the 17 MVFC student-athletes who received the league's highest academic achievement. The President's Council Academic Award requires a minimum 3.50 cumulative grade point average (through Fall 2011 semester) and two years participation in football. The student-athlete must also be within 18 hours of graduation.
Josh Gabelmann (Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf), Myers Hendrickson (Macomb/Macomb), Kevin Palermo (West Chicago/Driscoll Catholic) and Rick Richardson (Arlington Heights/Prospect) represented the Leathernecks on the President's Council Award. The four seniors all finished their playing career last fall.
In all, 28 Leathernecks were honored by the MVFC. To qualify for the Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have recorded a minimum 3.00 grade point average for a specified term (Fall 2011), must have been a member of the football team, and have a minimum of 12 hours of enrollment in the fall. The Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award requires a minimum 3.2 GPA for the previous two semesters and freshmen are not eligible.
COMMISSIONER'S ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD - Ethan Bachinski, Bryan Carroll, Keith Enderlein, Mike Harmon, Myers Hendrickson, Jimmy Holtschlag, Wil Lunt, Kevin Palermo, Cody Reardon, Rick Richardson Pat Smith, Jordan Valle, and Jamel Wilmore.
HONOR ROLL - Ethan Bachinski, Ryan Carleton, Bryan Carroll, Dominick Corsiglia, Keith Enderlein, Mike Famiglietti, Tim Franken,Josh Gabelmann, Trace Griffin, Mike Harmon, Myers Hendrickson, Taylor Hill, Chip Holtschlag, Eddy Holtschlag, Jimmy Holtschlag, Sam Kachanuk, Wil Lunt, Tynan Murray, Kevin Palermo, Jimmy Raffelson, Cody Reardon, Rick Richardson, Vince Simpson, Pat Smith, Jason Stigler, Jordan Valle, Luke Venegoni, and Jamel Wilmore.