Meridian Community College’s women’s team boasted the highest grade point average (gpa) of any team in the nation, according to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in announcing the 2017-18 Academic Teams of the Year.
Additionally, the men’s team scored the highest gpa in the nation, according to the NJCAA rankings. Specifically, in tennis the Lady Eagles posted a 3.85 on a 4.0 gpa scale while the men’s team posted a 3.75.
Also, MCC was one of four colleges nationwide earning multiple accolades from the NJCAA.
“These awards are recognition of a tremendous commitment to academic excellence from our student-athletes, coaches and faculty. Meridian Community College has a long tradition of outstanding academic performance by our student-athlete and this year’s group deserve to be applauded for continuing that tradition,” said Sander Atkinson, MCC athletic director and associate dean for student services.
Landing second in Mississippi from the NJCAA standings were MCC baseball, men’s golf and men’s soccer; garnering a seventh place was women’s soccer and taking a 10th place was women’s softball.
From the NJCAA academic standings, MCC had the fourth highest number of NJCAA All-Academic Student Athlete Award recipients in Mississippi.
Forty-four MCC students athletes tapped for the NJCAA All-Academic honors. Taking first team spots, with a 4.0 gpa, were Julie McCarty, Kenny Rodriguez, Michael Phillips, Rachel Sollie and Zackery Presnall, tennis; Alexandera Bosell, Ella-Jane Riley, Pedro Dutra-Proenca and Thallison de Oliveira, soccer; Hunter Stanley and Peter Holland, baseball; Jacob Berry, golf; and Taylor Perilloux, softball. Members of the All-Academic Second Team, with a 3.80-3.99 gpa, were: Alec Marlow, Tyler Lantz, Warren Parker and Zachary Carter, baseball; Amanda Lowery, Christopher Stevens, Ethan Clopton, Madison Hester, Marko Puric, Max Mauney, tennis; Amanda Syylvia, Briann Benson and Lindsey Jenkins, soccer; Kaylie Delapaz, Mackenzie Harvey and Miracle Crosby, softball; and Michael Koch, golf. NCJAA All-Academic Third Team members, who posted a 3.60-3.79 gpa, were: Brianna Robbins, Hayleigh Rogers and Saige Brewer, softball; Callan Shinall, Katherine Mitchell, Chase Rigdon and William Swindoll, tennis; Ceila Drummond, Gabriel Prgomet, Zaria Husband and Joshua Cochran, soccer; Joseph Jackson and Parker Brooks, golf; Luke Wallner, baseball and Zaria Husband, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field.