The motto of the Pratt Community College athletic department is “We love to win, but integrity, standards and educational experiences are priorities.”
The NJCAA recently announced its annual student-athlete awards, and several PCC student-athletes were recognized for their academic achievements—proving that PCC takes seriously its commitment to scholarship on the part of its athletes.
PCC athletic director Kurt McAfee announced that a dozen individual Beavers and four of the college’s teams had met the scholastic standards established by the NJCAA.
Individually, a student-athlete is presented with a Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence for maintaining a 4.0 GPA. A Superior rating is granted for a 3.8-3.99 and 3.6-3.79 is designated Exemplary.
Kylee Pywell (volleyball) and Jared Lupo (baseball) were both honored with the Pinnacle Award for maintaining a 4.0.
Jordan Biester (womens soccer), Haylee Eck (volleyball), Alyssa Kinkelaar (womens soccer), Lauren Randall (womens soccer) and Hannah Mehl (womens basketball) each received the Exemplary Award.
Earning a Superior Award were Melissa Williams (softball), Sean Michaelson (mens basketball), John Lassiter (baseball), Landon Keiswetter (wrestling) and Tanner Johnson (mens basketball).
In addition, four Beaver teams made the NJCAA 2012-2013 All-Academic teams. Most notably, the PCC Wrestling team had the highest GPA of any school participating in wrestling in the nation, sporting a 3.25. Members of the squad included Edward Fitzgerald, Jacob Morris, Kasey Crump, Kory Pfannensteil, Landon Keiswetter, Lucas Dutch, Lucas Hockenbury, Sheldon Graves, Taylor Baird, Tyler Cassity and Zach Hoehn.
Other PCC teams making the cut included baseball (3.11), softball (3.26) and womens soccer (3.26). PCC is proud of all of its student athletes, and particularly those who were recently honored by the NJCAA.