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ICC student-athletes continue record breaking season in the classroom

FULTON, Miss. (WTVA/LetsGoICC.com) — Itawamba Community College student-athletes continued to raise the bar in the classroom when the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced their annual academic awards on Wednesday.

After setting a new record with 32 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Academic All-State selections, 18 student-athletes earn NJCAA academic honors for their success in the classroom during the past school year.

A trio of men’s soccer players Piercen Burchfield (Pontotoc), Brayden Timmons (Pontotoc) and Garrett Trautman (Amory) joined baseball’s Drew Carter (Tupelo) and softball’s Laken Shankle (Bruce) in earning the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence – the highest academic honor given by the NJCAA.

Earning Superior Academic Achievement honors: men’s soccer players Ricky Hackler (Columbus), Jerry Malli (Tupelo), Michael Wathen (Amory) and women’s soccer player Alyssa Kelley (Saltillo).

Earning Exemplary Academic Achievement honors: men’s tennis player Drew Ballard (Tupelo); football players Anfernee Brand (Houston) and Jeb Millender (Pontotoc); women’s soccer players Miranda Chapman (Saltillo) and Keely Mitchell (Saltillo); softball’s Hannah Johnson (Branson, MO); and men’s soccer players Evan Thomas (Amory) and Drew Williams (Tupelo).

The Pinnacle Award is given to student-athletes that achieve a 4.0 GPA while the Superior rating is awarded to students-athletes with a GPA ranging from 3.80 to 3.99 and the Exemplary rating is given to student-athletes in the 3.60 to 3.79 GPA range.

ICC has had 83 student-athletes earn NJCAA academic honors since the 2005-06 athletic season. The previous record was set after the 2010-11 school year when 12 former student-athletes earned NJCAA academic honors.

Six ICC athletic programs earned Top 15 finishes amongst the NJCAA’s top academic squads in their respective sports.

The men’s soccer team finished second in the nation with a 3.32 team GPA – one-tenth of a point behind national champion Sussex County Community College (NJ).

The women’s soccer team finished fifth with a GPA of 3.42, MACJC North Division champion softball team finished seventh with a 3.49 GPA, the MACJC and NJCAA Region 23 champion women’s tennis team finished ninth with a 3.52 GPA, the MACJC and NJCAA Region 23 champion men’s tennis team finished twelfth with a 3.14 GPA, and the baseball team finished fifteenth with a 3.22 GPA.





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