All-Academic Penguins

Kurt Hess is a first-team All-Academic Penguin Athlete at Youngstown State University.

Kurt Hess hands off the ball.

Youngstown State sophomore quarterback Kurt Hess was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s All-Academic First Team this semester. Two additional Penguins made the All-Academic Second Team.

Hess of Dayton, left, is an early childhood education major whose high GPA and stellar football career at YSU, along with a designation from various league sports information directors, earned him a spot on the All-Academic first team. In 2010, Hess was selected as the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s Freshman of the Year. He started all 11 games for the Penguins this season and was a recipient of the Curbstone Coaches Scholarship and the Kosar Family Scholarship this year.

Two other YSU Student Success Stories join Hess in the honor. Senior quarterback Marc Kanetsky of Hubbard and senior defensive tackle Andrew Johnson of Detroit, Mich., were named to the MVFC All-Academic Second Team with impressive GPAs in their fields. Kanetsky is a biology major and played in all 11 contests this year, and Johnson is studying sociology at the university and started every game for the season.