Alumna ‘Wins Grand Slam’ On and Off the Court

Monday, May 22, 2017

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – Recent SC State University graduate, Marketa Marcanikova, has ‘served’ a winning combination while earning her degree at the university. Marcanikova, who, on May 12, received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, was the only member of the Class of 2017 to maintain a 4.0 GPA all four years. In addition, Marcanikova is an athletic powerhouse. She is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) 2017 women’s tennis championship team, and ran on the cross country team.

Joe ThomasA native of the Czech Republic, Marcanikova said she always valued education and vigilantly invested her time into achieving her goals.

“Education is vital, and I am always mindful about keeping good grades along the way. During my tenure at SC State, I have learned to work hard and be responsible, so that I can bring my goals to fruition.”

Marcanikova’s hard work paid off when she was recognized as a Presidential Scholar at the university’s annual Honors and Awards Convocation in April. It was then that the campus community learned of her noteworthy academic achievement.

As an avid learner, Marcanikova made every attempt to seize opportunities that would allow her to gain more knowledge. For example, as a student researcher, she attended conferences related to research in chemistry and biochemistry, having attended the 72nd Professional Agricultural Workers Conference and the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, California.

Marcanikova is also an accomplished two-sport athlete at SC State, as a member of both the women’s tennis team and the cross country team. During her undergraduate career, she earned All-MEAC Honors in both sports. Furthermore, she set several school records and personal records in cross country.

Marcanikova led the tennis team to its second consecutive MEAC championship. She was also selected to the Commissioner’s All-Academic Team for four years straight, and was recently named the MEAC’s 2017 Outstanding Performer for her efforts in the women’s tennis championship.

Previously, Marcanikova was named Female Student Athlete of the Year by the MEAC.

SC State’s head tennis coach, Hardeep Judge, commended Marcanikova for having the heart of a champion.

Judge said, “Her work ethic and commitment to all that she does, makes her special. She is determined to be successful, and I am grateful that she has shared in the success and legacy that the tennis program has had over the years.”

Among her vast accomplishments, Marcanikova received the Certificate of Academic Achievements from the on-campus professional organization, Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS), and she was named 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Chemistry Major by the ACS.

Additionally, Marcanikova served as president of SC State’s ACS chapter, and was a member of the Action Environmental Club and the Health Professions Society.

Marcanikova expressed gratitude toward the university for affording her the space to flourish as a student.

She said, “I am very thankful for the opportunities that SC State has given me, as I have grown personally, athletically and professionally.”

“This great institution has allowed me to interact with a variety of people, learn new cultures, gain experience and form bonds that will last forever,” Marcanikova continued.

Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in sports medicine, helping athletes prevent injuries, receive the proper treatment, and maintain a healthy lifestyle to better their performance. Marcanikova desires to advocate the importance of making healthy choices and hopes to improve the quality of life for many.