Seven State Fair Community College student-athletes recently earned National Junior College Athletic Association academic awards for their work in the classroom for the 2016-2017 season. Recipients must have completed two semesters and competed in at least one season at the varsity level. To be eligible, student-athletes have to maintain a minimum 3.60 grade point average (GPA) for the academic year.
Three levels of awards are given based on the student-athlete's GPA. All-academic first team recipients have a 4.0 GPA; second team averages are 3.80-3.99 GPA; and third team averages are 3.60-3.79 GPA.
Chase Plymell, freshman baseball student-athlete, was named to the first team honors for his work in the classroom. Sydnee Cotter, freshman softball student-athlete, was named to the second team. Madison Harris and Mariah Voitl, freshmen softball student-athletes, were named to the third team.
Kendra Boone, sophomore basketball student-athlete, and freshmen teammates Rosa Herbert and Amani Williams were named to the third team.
Athletic Director Darren Pannier is pleased with the student-athletes' academic performance in the first year with the four new sports that started fall 2016.
"We are moving in the right direction," said Pannier. "The ultimate goal for our department is to have teams that earn the NJCAA Team Academic Award."
The Athletic Department helps students succeed academically in many ways including a department-wide study hall.
"Coach Rich Biddulph started a study hall this year and it continues to grow," said Pannier. "He is tweaking it over the summer to make it more intense next year. The coaches have their own techniques as to how they're going to incorporate the study hall. We need to build on it and emphasize the importance of academic performance to our student-athletes."
More athletic news is available at sfccmoroadrunners.com.