April 8, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Three Boilermaker student-athletes have been tabbed for induction into the Mortar Board Class of 2013, the organization announced last week. Wrestler Camden Eppert, soccer player Mollie Kuramoto and softball player Andie Varsho are the latest Purdue student-athletes to be list on Mortar Board's roster, joining 34 others who have been inducted between 1979 and 2012.
Mortar Board members are selected for their superior scholarship, dedicated service to the university community, and outstanding and constant leadership. Mortar Board can be found assisting special university leaders, holding a leadership conference, backing intercollegiate athletics, and honoring staff members who are especially supportive of students. The YWCA Women's Shelter, Community and Family Resource Center , the Liberal Arts Learning Center, Span Plan, and University Day have all benefited from Mortar Board's financial assistance.
Student leaders and faculty members nominate juniors they feel are deserving of the honor of being involved in Mortar Board in their senior year. The current Mortar Board class then selects the new members based on these nominations.
Camden Eppert is a three-year starter and 2012-13 team captain for the Purdue wrestling team. A three-time Big Ten Championship placewinner and two-time NCAA Championship qualifier, Eppert is coming off a career-best season in which he was one of the team leaders in wins, major decisions, takedowns and reversals. He already owns a spot on one of the Boilermakers' all-time record lists as he's tied for 11th with 33 career reversals. A native of Anderson, Ind., Eppert is a two-time NWCA All-Academic honoree and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten pick, majoring in public health promotions.
Mollie Kuramoto is a three-year member of Purdue women's soccer who has returned to the active roster after missing the 2012 season due to a knee injury. The Interdisciplinary Film and Video Studies major is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and was named a Distinguished Big Ten Scholar in the spring of 2012 for her perfect 4.0 GPA through her first two years of college. Kuramoto has started 35 of the 37 games in which she has played for the Boilermakers, recording two goals and six assists. She led the team with five assists in 2011. Despite being injured in 2012, Kuramoto was still selected as a team captain. The Loveland, Ohio, native served as a team leader while playing the important central midfielder role in 2011.
Andie Varsho is a three-year starting outfielder for the Purdue softball team. A third team All-Big Ten and first team All-Midwest Region honoree as a rookie in 2011, Varsho was a College Sports Madness All-Conference second team selection in 2012. She has started 140 games for the Boilermakers, registering a .393 career batting average, including 10 triples and 69 stolen bases, which rank fourth and fifth on the Purdue career listings. Varsho has made just one error in 133 defensive chances, and led the team in batting average with a .426 mark her freshman season en route to Co-Offensive MVP honors. In 2013, the Chili, Wis., native boasts a .432 average including a team-leading 24 RBI, 19 stolen bases and 21 runs. The two-time All-Big Ten selection is majoring in Organizational Leadership and Supervision.