September 14, 2012 — Each year the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) recognizes individual student athletes as well as entire teams who have excelled in the classroom. For an individual to be named an Academic All-American, they need to have completed at least 45 college credits at a GPA of 3.60 or above. For those achieving between a 3.6-3.79 the award is called Exemplary Academic Achievement. Student athletes who achieve between a 3.80 and 3.99 are awarded Superior Academic Achievement. For a student athlete who is perfect academically and has attained a 4.0, the award is the Pinnacle Award for Academic Achievement. In regards to receiving the award for All-Academic Team, each individual on the team’s GPA is averaged and the team’s overall GPA must be a 3.0 or above.
During the 2011-12 academic year, five individual Raider student athletes have been honored by the NJCAA as Academic All-Americans. Receiving the Exemplary Academic Achievement award are the following: Cassi Brancato (Women’s Volleyball), Alexandra Crankshaw (Women’s Volleyball), Janine Sadjak (Women’s Soccer), and Zoe Yau (Women’s Volleyball). Nicholas Natoli (Men’s Baseball) has been awarded Superior Academic Achievement by the NJCAA.
The FM athletic program is also proud to announce that it had one team achieve the NJCAA All-Academic team status in 2011-12. This honor was presented to our Women’s Volleyball team. The team achieved an overall GPA of 3.33.
We’d like to congratulate all of the individuals mentioned for their dedication to their academics while representing the college athletically. FM faculty and staff consistently emphasize academics first. These individuals have definitely put the student first in “student athlete.”