July 6, 2016
GALESBURG — A record 19 Carl Sandburg College student-athletes received NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards for their success in the classroom during the 2015-16 academic year.
Student-athletes with a 4.00 cumulative GPA were awarded the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence. Those with a GPA of 3.80-3.99 received the Superior Academic Achievement Award, and those with a cumulative GPA of 3.60-3.79 were given the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award.
Sandburg had four athletes earn the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence, four receive the Superior Academic Achievement Award and 11 earn the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award. Seven Chargers teams had at least one recipient, and the Sandburg volleyball team had four award-winners, tops among all teams.
In a change from previous years, first-year student-athletes with at least 24 semester hours were eligible for the awards in 2015-16. That helped lead to a record 4,587 NJCAA student-athletes (7.98 percent of all participants) earning national recognition.
The following Sandburg student-athletes earned NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards:
PINNACLE AWARD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE (4.00 GPA)
Men’s Cross Country
Alfredo Montoya (Monmouth, Ill./Monmouth-Roseville)
Emily Ziegler (Mahomet, Ill./Mahomet-Seymour)
Loren Thurman (Abingdon, Ill./Abingdon-Avon)
Women’s Cross Country
Griselda Ganderilla (Monmouth, Ill./Monmouth-Roseville)
SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (3.80-3.99 GPA)
Jessica Anglin (Seymour, Ill./Mahomet-Seymour)
Nikki Scott (Williamsfield, Ill./Williamsfield)
Nicole Bornsheuer (Buda, Ill./Bureau Valley)
Katlyn Weber (Erie, Ill./Erie)
EXEMPLARY ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (3.60-3.79 GPA)
Brad Demmin (Brimfield, Ill./Brimfield)
Alec Drake (Macomb, Ill./Macomb)
Wyatt Mason (Maquon, Ill./Spoon River Valley)
Abbey French (Alexis, Ill./United)
Kayla Mabrey (Macomb, Ill./Macomb)
Kassi Henrekin (Deer Grove, Ill./Prophetstown)
Women’s Cross Country
Shayla Kozak (Normal, Ill./Normal West)
Ashlynn Steel (Erie, Ill./Erie)
Morgan Newton (Erie, Ill./Erie)
Justine Peel (Little York, Ill./United)
Volleyball and Softball
Megan Mixer (Burlington, Iowa/Burlington)
The complete list of NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award winners can be found HERE.