Eleven SCC players earn Academic Student-Athlete honors

Sam Palensky
Samuel Palensky.
Jared Torell
Jared Torell.
Mckayla McDaniel
Mckayla McDaniel.
Haley Girmus
Haley Girmus.
Hannah Mitchell Thumb
Hannah Mitchell.
Jack Richter
Jack Richter.
Tandon Dorn
Tandon Dorn.
Paige Smith
Paige Smith.
Elizabeth Snider
Elizabeth Snider.
Zach Taylor
Zachary Taylor.
Stephanie Stamp
Stephanie Stamp.

Eleven Southeast Community College student-athletes have received Academic Student-Athlete Awards by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Samuel Palensky, a baseball player from Papillion, leads the way with a 4.0 grade-point average. He earned the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence. 

Six student-athletes earned Superior Academic Achievement recognition. They are Jared Torell, Lincoln, Baseball, 3.95; Makayla McDaniel, Franklin, La., Women’s Basketball, 3.92; Haley Girmus, Friend, Volleyball, 3.89; Hannah Mitchell, Summerfield, Kan., Volleyball, 3.85; Jack Richter, Oak Harbor, Wash., Baseball, 3.85; and Tandon Dorn, Filley, Baseball, 3.8. 

Four student-athletes earned Exemplary Academic Achievement recognition. They are Paige Smith, Overton, Volleyball, 3.73; Elizabeth Snider, Maywood, Volleyball, 3.71; Zachary Taylor, Omaha, Golf, 3.68; and Stephanie Stamp, Bradshaw, Softball, 3.63. 

Pinnacle awards go to student-athletes whose GPA is a 4.0 on a 4.0 scale. Superior awards go to student-athletes whose GPAs are 3.80-3.99 on a 4.0 scale. Exemplary awards go to student-athletes whose GPAs are 3.60-3.79 on a 4.0 scale.

Two SCC teams earned spots on the Academic Team of the Year list. The men’s golf team finished 12thin the nation with a cumulative GPA of 3.23, while the volleyball team ranked 28th in the nation with a cumulative GPA of 3.38.

The NJCAA recognizes teams with GPAs above 3.0.

During the 2013-14 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,446 student-athletes compete on 3,705 teams in 28 different sports. Of those competitors, 3.08 percent, or 1,799 student-athletes, were recognized with academic awards for their achievements in the classroom. Receiving the highest honors with a 4.0 GPA, 171 student-athletes received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence.

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