21 Bronco Student-Athletes Among Winter Graduates

Dec. 20, 2013

BOISE, Idaho -

Boise State University celebrated its 2013 Winter Commencement Friday morning, at Taco Bell Arena. Among the 1,518 students eligible for degrees were 21 Boise State student-athletes. Nine of the Bronco sports teams were represented.

Nine members of the Broncos football team were set to graduate Friday, Geraldo Boldewijn, Trevor Harman, Dustin Kamper, Charles Leno Jr., Kharyee Marshall, Matt Paradis, Joe Southwick, Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe and Chris Tozer are in Honolulu preparing for the Broncos’ appearance in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl (Dec. 24), but are part of the winter 2013 graduating class at Boise State.

Boldewijn (2009-13) has appeared in 42 games at wide receiver for the Broncos. He has 85 catches for 1,133 yards and six touchdowns. Harman (2009-13) was the Broncos’ primary kickoff specialist for three seasons and the starting punter for his final two. Kamper (2009-13) has appeared in 20 games as a Bronco. He has made a career-high nine tackles this season. Marshall (2009-13) has played in 38 games, including starting all 12 this season on the defensive line. He has made a career-high 32 tackles as a senior, including 6.5 for loss. Leno (2009-13) has started 38 games for Boise State along the offensive line. He is a two-time all-conference selection, garnering first-team accolades this season and second-team honors a year ago. Paradis (2009-13) has been Boise State’s starting center for the last 25 games. He was named All-MW First Team in 2012 and earned a second-team nod this season. Southwick (2009-13) was a two-year starter at quarterback for the Broncos. He has thrown for 33 touchdowns and 4,784 yards in his career. Tjong-A-Tjoe (2009-13) was named first-team All-Mountain West at defensive tackle this season. He was an honorable mention all-conference selection last season. Tozer (2011-13) came to Boise State via Foothill Community College and has appeared in 12 games as a Bronco, primarily on the field goal and PAT units.

Three members of the 2012-13 Boise State swimming and diving team were among the graduates honored. Jennifer Cahill (2009-13), Shanelle Choi (2009-13) and Stevie Hughey (2009-13) helped lead the Broncos to three conference titles and a runner-up finish during their careers. Cahill remains the school record holder in the 500-, 1000- and 1650-yard freestyle events and earned a pair of individual silver medals at conference championships and three relay titles. Choi finished her career ranked in the top 10 of the 100 butterfly, 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. She won one individual event and eight relays. Hughey competed at the 2012 NCAA Championships where she was an honorable mention All-American with the Broncos’ 200-yard freestyle relay team. She earned 13 top-three finishes at conference meets, including seven relay championships.

Two former Boise State soccer student-athletes were set to graduate Friday, Lauren Hickok (2009-12) and Erica Parks (2009-12). Hickok earned all-conference second team honors in 2012 and was a three-time academic all-conference honoree. She served as the student manager for the soccer team this season. Parks was the team's rookie of the year in 2009, garnering WAC Tournament MVP honors the same year after netting game-winning goals in the semifinal and championship matches of Boise State’s first conference title run.

Two softball student-athletes who wrapped up their on-field careers in 2013, walked across the stage Friday. Ashley Collier (2010-13) and Lela Work (2010-13) were eligible for degrees. Collier was a pitcher and outfielder at Boise State, twice being named an NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete. Work became the first Idaho native to complete a four-year career with the Broncos’ newest program. She finished as the all-time saves leader.

Liz Harden (2009-12) became Boise State volleyball’s first All-American during her senior year in 2012. Friday, she was recognized for completing her degree. Harden was named AVCA Honorable Mention All-America after also garnering all-region and all-conference accolades. She finished her career ranked third in points and fifth in kills at Boise State.

Former Boise State men’s golf student-athlete T.K. Kim was among the graduates. Kim (2009-13) was named All-Mountain West as a senior last season and capped his collegiate career with three rounds under par at the NCAA West Regional Championships to finish 20th. He finished in the top 25 in all 12 tournaments he participated as a senior Kim has extended his playing career with strong showings in numerous U.S. Amateur Championships and U.S. Open qualifiers. Kim can now add a college degree to his list of accomplishments.

Also joining the graduates was Filipp Pogostkin, a former men’s tennis student-athlete. Pogostkin (2009-13) finished his athletic career in May 2013 helping the Broncos to the Mountain West championship and a NCAA Tournament berth. He finished his career with a 64-45 overall mark in singles matches. He was a 2010 All-WAC honoree in doubles as a sophomore and the WAC Freshman of the Year in 2009. 

Former wrestling student-athlete Isaac Romero was one of the degree candidates Friday. Romero (2010-12) finished his career at Boise State after transferring from Dickinson State. Romero went 8-11 competing at 125 pounds, in parts of two seasons as a Bronco.

Lauran Johnson represented the track and field program. Johnson competed with the Broncos as a senior after transferring from Washington State. In 2013 she placed eighth in the Mountain West Indoor Championships in the triple jump and high jump, while also placing 16th in the outdoor championships in the high jump. She had bests of 18-5.75 in the long jump,39-3.25 in the triple jump and 5-8.75 in the high jump while competing as a Bronco.

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