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NJCAA taps 29 athletes for academic excellence

NJCAA taps 29 athletes for academic excellence COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NJCAA recognized a record-number 4,587 student-athletes for their success in the classroom Tuesday with the presentation of the 2015-16 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards including 29 from Holmes Community College.

Of the 57,472 student-athletes that participated in the NJCAA during the 2015-16 academic year, 7.98 percent earned national academic honors – over double the previous mark of 3.31 percent set last year.

Honoring academic performance throughout each individual's collegiate career, 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; and 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.

Of the student-athletes honored, a record 663 were presented the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence after posting a 4.0 GPA. A total of 1,610 individuals earned the Superior Academic Achievement Award, while an additional 2,314 received the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award – both setting new records.

Mississippi community colleges garnered 23 Pinnacle awards – the most in the country – to go along with 18 Superior and 19 Exemplary. Region XXIII finished in second place in the nation with 408 recipients.

NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence honors (4.0 GPA) included: Luis Hernandez and Cody Kirtley, men's soccer; Catherine Petro, women's soccer; and Micah Redd, softball.

NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement honors (3.8 to 3.99 GPA) included: Savanna Bell and Kaylan Cooper, women's tennis; Kaitlyn Bryant, women's soccer; Jaylon George, men's soccer; Kayla Gilmore, Kaitlin Jones and Reagan Walker, softball; and Owen Taylor, men's tennis.

NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement honors (3.60 to 3.79 GPA) included: Kaleia Lillis, Karley Poindexter, Whitney Walker, Rachel Bond and Blair Little, softball; Christian Smith, Michael Harrison, Tyler Hines, Drew Pankratz and Ben Hudson, baseball; D'Angelo Richardson and Gerald Glass, men's basketball; Mary Katherine Campbell and Kaylee Butts, women's soccer; Kyle Settlemir and Brandon Poore, football; and Oscar Olguin, men's soccer.

Holmes Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion,
national origin, sex, age, disability or genetic information in its educational programs and activities,
employment practices, or admissions processes. The following administrators have been designated to handle
inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies of Holmes Community College:

Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VI, ADEA, and Title IX are coordinated by the Vice President for
Compliance and Institutional Research, Henry B. McClellan Administration Building, Post Office Box 369,
Goodman, MS 39079, Phone: 662-472-9429,

Inquiries regarding compliance with Section 504 and ADA are coordinated by the Disability Student Services
Coordinator, M.R. Thorne Vocational-Technical Building, Room 110, Post Office Box 369, Goodman, MS 39079,
Phone: 662-472-9088,
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