Scholar-Athlete Spotlight: North Dakota State

Scholar-Athlete Spotlight: North Dakota State

Each month, The Summit League will feature outstanding student-athlete performances from a selected institution as recognized by its Faculty Athletic Representative. The November installment of The Summit League Scholar-Athlete Spotlight features three student-athletes from North Dakota State.

Information written and compiled by North Dakota State. 

Chris Kading, Men’s Basketball
De Pere, Wis.
Major: Exercise Science
Year: Sr.
GPA: 3.824

Patience and perseverance have been the qualities that have served North Dakota State University’s 6-foot-9 senior post player Chris Kading throughout his basketball career. Kading has fought through injuries throughout his career. He has been a leader on the court and in the classroom. The native of De Pere, Wis., has been an integral part on a pair of Summit League championship and NCAA tournament teams. Kading has connected on 51.6 percent of his field goals, blocked 94 shots and averaged 3.3 rebounds per game in 101 career games. He is a two-time Summit League All-Academic team selection. A Summit League Distinguished Scholar, Kading has been named to the Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence and Academic Honor Roll. Kading, who maintains a 3.824 grade-point average majoring in exercise science, is a member of NDSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council.

Meghan Johnston, Women’s Soccer
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Major: Exercise Science
Year: Sr.
GPA: 3.922

Consistency was the trademark of North Dakota State University women’s soccer defender Meghan Johnston, who provided blanket coverage on the soccer field. Johnston covered things well academically too and carries a 3.922 G.P.A. majoring in exercise science. The 5-foot-10 senior from Winnipeg, Manitoba, started 73 of 75 career matches for NDSU, which claimed the 2015 Summit League regular season championship with a 7-0-1 record and went 13-6-1 overall. Johnston was a two-time All-Summit League second team selection over the past two years and part of a defense that allowed 1.30 goals per game in 2015. She was named to the 2015 Summit League All-Academic team, and was a three-time Distinguished Scholar on the Summit League’s Fall Academic Honor Roll. Johnston, who was named to the 2012 Summit League All-Freshmen team, finished her career with three goals and an assist.

Brianna Rasmusson, Volleyball
Fergus Falls, Minn.
Major: Exercise Science
Year: So.
GPA: 3.943

North Dakota State University’s 5-foot-11 setter/outside hitter Brianna Rasmusson has put her versatility on display during her first two seasons and is developing into a triple-threat for NDSU’s women’s volleyball team with her setting, attacking and serving. Rasmusson, a sophomore from Fergus Falls, Minn., led the Bison with 24 service aces, 13 double-doubles and averaged 6.49 assists per set. She has already moved to No. 12 on the NDSU career charts with 1,172 assists. Rasmusson is always in motion on and off the court. She has kept pace academically with a 3.943 G.P.A. in exercise science, and is also a member of NDSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council, volunteers with FM Challengers and was part of a foreign tour to Nicaragua in June 2015. Rasmusson was a 2014 Summit League All-Freshmen selection and a Distinguished Scholar on the Fall Academic Honor Roll.