Oct. 11, 2016
Each year at Marquette University, hundreds of student-athletes compete at the highest level for their respective sport. While the majority of people will notice their on-field accomplishments, often the individuals' efforts off the field remain un-publicized.
One of the many groups at Marquette University that is dedicated to assist and honor Marquette student-athletes is the Academic Support Staff. Continuing throughout the rest of the 2016-2017 school year, the Academic Support Staff will pick four student-athletes that consistently excelled academically, athletically and in the community.
The second group of four members of the Blue & Gold Status Award are Danny Jarosz (men's soccer), Abby Busse (women's cross country), Djdade Denson (men's track and field), and Ellen Hays (women's volleyball).
Jarosz is a redshirt sophomore on the men's soccer team. His major is Accounting and he is on the Executive Board of SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) as the Vice President for Finance. Within the last year Jarosz has spent time at Fan Fest and Hunger Task Force to help, lead and motivate those in the community. Last year Jarosz, as a RS freshmen, was a Freshmen STAR (Students Taking Active Roles) facilitator. He helped lead the freshmen class to be leaders and have a voice here at Marquette and within the community. He continues to be a strong voice and advocate for the student-athlete population.
Danny Jarosz has started all 11 games this season at the ever-important center back position for the Marquette men's soccer team.
Busse is entering her senior year at Marquette and will be completing her double major in Interdisciplinary International Affairs and Economics in May 2017. Busse has been named to the Big East All-Academic Team member all three of her years while at Marquette and continues to lead the women's cross country team athletically, within the student-athlete body as a member of SAAC, and her community service efforts. Last summer (2016) Busse volunteered at Campus Kitchens by overseeing the garden on campus that ensured the success of helping those receive fresh fruits and vegetables who may not be able to receive them otherwise. Bussee is a Burke Scholar, which is a service-based scholarship, as well as being on the leadership council for Chi Alpha Sigma.
Busse has two top-four finishes for the women's cross country team this season. She recorded an 11th-place overall finish at the Midwest Classic back on Sept. 10.
A junior on the men's track and field team, Denson spent this last summer teaching at a Milwaukee College Prep, which is a charter school in Milwaukee. He is a graduate of Milwaukee College Prep school himself, and he seeks out ways to give back there and to be a role model. This past summer Denson was placed into a third-grade classroom of at-risk students, who were mandated to go to summer school. His energy and enthusiasm allowed him to expand to include some instruction of fourth graders as well, and he volunteered to supervise the open-gym time-period at the end of the school day. Also, Denson was part of the freshman orientation and Project Homeless Connect for student-athletes, challenging student-athletes to be involved in the community and be role models for young children who look up to them. He is majoring in Mathematics and continues to lead by example with hard work, perseverance and ability to reach out and help others.
Denson is coming off an impressive performance at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in May. He earned All-BIG EAST accolades in the triple jump by taking third place, while finishing in eighth in the long jump, as the men's team won its first-ever BIG EAST team title.
Hays is a senior on the women's volleyball team. She will graduate with Elementary and Communication Studies major in May 2017. Hays has been a leader on her team by serving at Campus Kitchens and leading the cause for the success of Athletes in Action (AIA) with four other student-athletes by leading and speaking on topics during their meetings, as well as spreading the word through social media to expand the group to get more student-athletes to join.
Hays is averaging 2.20 digs per set this season with a season-high 15 digs in a three game sweep over Iowa State.
Continue to check GoMarquette.com each month as the Academic Support Staff honors four new student-athletes into the Blue & Gold Status Award.