ATLANTA--Georgia State women's soccer defender Bri Cagle, already one of the most decorated academic student-athletes in school history, will earn yet another prestigious academic honor on Sunday when she is honored with the Kell Award at Georgia State University's commencement ceremony.
The Kell Award for Academic Excellence is given to a Georgia State University student that has the highest grade point average with no transfer credits. Cagle, a senior majoring in history and minoring in religious studies, is believed to be the first student-athlete to receive the prestigious academic honor at Georgia State. She finished her final semester this spring with a 4.14 cumulative GPA and is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree (2010-11).
"I have had such an amazing experience here at Georgia State from my friends and faculty, to my coaches, I can't thank them enough for the environment they have created for me," Cagle said, "I'm from Texas, so coming here to Georgia State was a complete leap of faith. I knew I was coming here to play soccer, but I look back now and realize my college experience is something I don't think I would've gotten anywhere else."
"I remember watching Bri as a youth player in Houston, I would have loved to have had her abilities and leadership on any team I was a part of," Georgia State women's soccer head coach Derek Leader said, "What an honor for the entire Cagle family and the GSU women's soccer team."
The senior is working on obtaining her Texas teaching certification and plans on becoming a high school history teacher. Cagle said she does plan on keeping soccer as an integral part of her life and would not pass up the chance to coach in addition to teaching if the opportunity arose.
Cagle, born in Charleston, W.Va. but raised in Houston, Texas, graduated from Clear Lake High School prior to enrolling at Georgia State University. She has been a starter on the women's soccer team for four years, making 68 starts, and a captain her junior and senior years. Cagle has been named to the President's List six times and the Dean's List once in the last four years. She has earned the CAA Commisioner's Academic Award every semester from 2008-12.
Cagle served as the Co-President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) during her time at GSU. She is the daughter of Al and Jeane Cagle. Brianne Marie Cagle also received the Carlile Award during her commencement ceremony at Clear Lake High School as the "Most Outstanding Student."