Nine (9) BPCC athletes were recognized by the NJCAA for their work off the field in the classroom. They join a record-number 4,587 student-athletes nationwide honored with 2015-16 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards.
“We are extremely proud of our student-athletes receiving recognition from the NJCAA for their academic achievements,” stated John Rennie, BPCC Athletic Director. “They have put in countless hours of hard work to excel in competition as well as in the classroom. These awards are very well-deserved by these students,” he added.
Freshman and record-setting first ever collegiate female pitcher, Sarah Hudeck from Sugarland, TX, was a recipient of the Pinnacle Award for Academic Achievement.
Five (5) Cavaliers earned Superior Academic Achievement Award distinctions. Brent Holcombe, freshman right handed pitcher from Cypress, TX; James Wilkerson, sophomore right handed pitcher from Ruston, LA; Kayla Mahan, freshman outfielder from Trophy Club, TX; Kacey Maines, freshman utility player from Carthage, TX; and Katelin Temple, freshman infielder from Vidalia, LA.
Earning Exemplary Academic Achievement awards were three north Louisiana natives. Araceli Morales, a first year Cross Country team member; Jamarcia Banks, freshman forward; and Joseph Tassin, freshman third baseman from Kadeville, LA.
Of the 57,472 student-athletes that participated in the NJCAA during the 2015-16 academic year, 7.98 percent earned national academic honors – more than double the previous mark of 3.31 percent set last year.
There are three classifications of the NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards based on the following cumulative GPA qualifications:
- Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence: 4.00 GPA
- Superior Academic Achievement Award: 3.80-3.99 GPA
- Exemplary Academic Achievement Award: 3.60-3.79 GPA
In a change from previous years, first-year student-athletes with at least 24 semester-hours or 36 quarter-hours became eligible for the awards in 2015-16. This modification to the award qualifications led to a 133 percent increase in the number of student-athletes earning national recognition for their academic achievements.
For the full list, visit http://www.njcaa.org/genrel/2015-16/releases/-7-6-16-_Academic_Team_Awards .