Twelve SCC student-athletes earn 13 national academic honors

Twelve Southeast Community College student-athletes earned 13 academic awards from the National Junior College Athletic Association for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Tiffany Herbek, a member of the Storm volleyball team, heads the list, earning the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence after compiling a cumulative 4.0 grade-point average. The Deshler native was a freshman last season who played libero for the Storm.

Three other volleyball players earned honors. They are Kylie Betten, 3.92 GPA (Superior Academic Achievement); Kelly Theye, 3.96 GPA (Superior Academic Achievement); and the late Rhiannon Peak, 3.76 GPA (Exemplary Academic Achievement). Peak, a Paxton native, was killed in a motorcycle accident on April 24 near Sutherland. She also earned NJCAA academic honors as a member of the women's basketball team.

Betten, from Deshler, was a freshman last season who played outside hitter for the Storm. Theye, from Odell, was a freshman last season who also played outside hitter.

Other SCC Academic All-Americans by sport:

Softball: Marlena Christian, sophomore, Lincoln (East High School), 3.8 GPA (Superior Academic Achievement); Allyson Porath, sophomore, Malcolm, 3.83 GPA (Superior Academic Achievement); and Lauren Waldron, sophomore, Omaha (Millard West High School), 3.9 GPA (Superior Academic Achievement).

Baseball: Tanner Collins, freshman, Wilber-Clatonia, 3.73 GPA (Exemplary Academic Achievement); and Skyler Douglas, sophomore, Lincoln (Northeast High School), 3.84 GPA (Superior Academic Achievement).

Golf: Alex Overfelt, sophomore, Papillion LaVista, 3.79 GPA (Exemplary Academic Achievement); and James Willis, sophomore, Sedgley, England, 3.6 GPA (Exemplary Academic Achievement).

Women's basketball: Shari Saunders, sophomore, Tucson, Ariz. (Rincon High School), 3.81 GPA (Superior Academic Achievement).

Dan Johnson, SCC's director of athletics, said the recognition these students receive is well-deserved.

"Each of our athletic teams works very hard to ensure that our student athletes are students first and athletes second," Johnson said. "I'm very proud of the work they all do. Sometimes it's not easy juggling your sports schedule with your classroom schedule. This is a wonderful honor that they each worked hard to achieve."


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