MVCC athletes earn academic honors
September 13, 2012 4:10PM
Updated: October 17, 2012 6:05AM
Moraine Valley Community College student-athletes not only performed well on the fields, courses and courts, but excelled in the classroom this past year.
Among nearly 60,000 student-athletes who compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association, 13 Moraine Valley student-athletes earned the Academic Student-Athlete Award for the 2011-12 school year. In addition, 33 students were named to the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference 2012 All-Academic Team, leading the conference in honorees.
Being named an NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete requires having higher than a 3.6-grade-point average after 45 course credit hours and participating in the college’s sport for a least one season.
Women’s tennis players Nicole Baffin (Reavis), Sophie Baxter (Stagg) and Veronica Canseco (Argo); men’s cross country runner Ivan Chow; women’s soccer players Yessica Jaimez and Natalie Maka (Richards); baseball player David Loomis (Shepard); men’s tennis players Josh Rodig (Lincoln-Way Central) and Dale Van Witzenberg (Shepard); men’s golfer Brendan Ryan (Shepard); men’s soccer players Lukasz and Marek Szczesniak (Reavis); and women’s basketball player Rebecca Theriault (Sandburg) received this honor.
Maka and Marek Szczesniak received the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence for attaining a 4.0 GPA.
To qualify for the conference distinction, students must have earned a 3.0 or higher GPA after completing at least 48 course credit hours while participating in one of the college’s 12 sports. Within the conference, 143 student-athletes received this honor.
The athletes selected were baseball players Steven Brewer, Loomis, Brian Madaj, Jake Murray, Joe Rigg (Sandburg), and Sean Vergara; golfer Ryan; men’s soccer players Cristofer Martinez and the Szczesniak brothers; men’s tennis players Mike Giordano (Oak Lawn), Rodig and Van Witzenberg; men’s cross country runners Jon Altman (Sandburg) and Chow; softball players Stephanie Ruvalcaba (Argo), Theresa Urchell (Evergreen Park) and Erika Veen (Oak Lawn); volleyball players Molly Duckwall (Bremen) and Bianca Hull (Bremen); women’s basketball players Brittany Bixman (Stagg), Theriault and Valerie Zulevic (Mother McAuley); women’s cross country runner Nagieh Omer (Reavis); women’s soccer players Jaimez, Vicky Lara, Maka, Jennifer Martinez and Isabela Pinedo (Richards); and women’s tennis players Baffin, Baxter, Canseco, and Jessica Schiesl (Oak Lawn).
Maka and Marek Szczesniak were among seven student-athletes awarded the Dick Durrant Award for the highest GPA in the conference.
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