ECCC leads nation in Student-Athlete honors

DECATUR – East Central Community College leads the nation in the number of community/junior college student-athletes receiving academic honors for 2013-14, according to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
According to the report, 24 ECCC student-athletes qualified for the special recognition.
ECCC honorees include four student-athletes who received the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.0 GPA); five student-athletes recognized for Superior Academic Achievement (3.8-plus GPA); and 15 student-athletes who earned Exemplary Academic Achievement honors (3.6-plus GPA).
“A great, big thank you goes to these 24 student-athletes for their hard work and commitment to their academic endeavors while playing their respective sport at ECCC,” said ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. “Also a great big thank you goes our faculty and staff for their support and encouragement of these students and their commitment to STUDENT SUCCESS and TEACHING and LEARNING.”
Recipients of the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence are former baseball players Maxwell Harmon of Meridian and Caleb Woods of Carthage, and former golf team members Aaron Tucker of Carthage and Sawyer Williams of Eldorado, Arkansas.
Student-athletes receiving NJCAA Awards for Superior Achievement include former women’s soccer players Kennedy Castleberry of Meridian; former women’s soccer and tennis player Alana Turner of Florence; former women’s tennis player Nan Hartness of Louisville; and former men’s soccer team members Jordan Walker of Decatur and Zach Killion of Crestwood, Kentucky.
Those who earned NJCAA Exemplary Awards for Excellence include former men’s soccer players Jesse Vaughn, Will Thompson and Russ Thompson, all of Decatur, and Taylor Potts of Bentonia; former women’s soccer players Miranda Clark of Philadelphia, Sydney Dawkins of DeKalb, Paige Gower of Meridian and Heather Johnson of Chunky; former men’s tennis player Brandon St. Clair of Newton; former women’s tennis player Hannah Smith of Carthage; former fast-pitch softball players Haley Stephens of Union and Kaylin Hopkins of Louisville; former baseball players Mason Woodrow of Taylorsville and Jacob Bush of West Blocton, Alabama; and former basketball player Shedrick Fair of Aberdeen.
The outstanding student-athletes will be recognized with other honorees in an upcoming issue of JUCO Review.