The National Junior College Athletic Association and Kurt McAfee, athletic director of Pratt Community College, recently released the names of the 2011-2012 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards.


The National Junior College Athletic Association and Kurt McAfee, athletic director of Pratt Community College, recently released the names of the 2011-2012 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards.

NJCAA acknowledges those student-athletes who maintain at least a 3.6 grade point average in the classroom. The NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement is presented to those with a 3.6-3.79 GPA. Those with GPAs from 3.8-3.99 are given the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement. Those student-athletes who earn a perfect 4.0 receive the highest award, the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have completed three full-time semesters and a minimum of 45 semester hours, or four full-time semesters and a minimum of 60 credit hours of college work. He/she must have participated in at least one varsity season at the college from which he/she is nominated.

Nomination must be made during the academic year in which participation occurred. Transfer grades from other institutions and all course hours attempted at the nominating institution must be computed, with the exception of remedial/developmental course work, which cannot be used to meet the requirements of the award. Also, rounding up is not permitted.

PCC had two student-athletes earn the Pinnacle Award with 4.0s: Kayci Huslig from Great Bend who plays soccer, and Pratt High School product Hannah Melichar who plays volleyball.

Superiors were earned by Matt Baird (Pratt), baseball; David Coulter (Scotland), soccer; Jeremy Geist (Jefferson City MO), baseball; Taylor Gentry (Lawrence), baseball; Gary Rafferty (Scotland), soccer; Todd Reller (Columbia MO), baseball; Elizabeth Wahl (Westminster CO), softball; and Derian Weber (Wellington) softball.

Exemplaries were awarded to Taylor Baird (Pratt), wrestling; Brady Batman (Pratt), baseball; Corrin Cook, (Woodbury MN) softball and soccer; Jonathan Henderson (Maize), soccer; Kiersten Howell (South Haven), softball; Andrew Johnson (Wichita), track, cross-country, soccer; Victoria Provencio (Derby), volleyball; Kamie Rash (Syracuse), basketball; and Troy Smith (Nickerson), basketball.

PCC AD Kurt McAfee was understandably proud of the academic awards presented to Beaver student-athletes.  “PCC had nineteen student-athletes who earned NJCAA academic awards,” he enthused. “PCC continues to excel not only on the playing field but also in the classroom.”