KCC student-athletes honored with academic awards

Women's soccer and volleyball player Jackie Mason.

Forty-three individual student-athletes from Kellogg Community College and four KCC athletic teams received academic awards for excellence in the classroom during the 2019-20 academic year.

Honors awarded to KCC student-athletes for their academic performance include the following awards:

  • The KCC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, for which a student-athlete must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement as well as athletic success, exhibiting an outstanding GPA and more than 60 credit hours completed. The winners are nominated by their coaches.
  • The Michigan Community College Athletic Association Academic All-Conference Award, for which a student-athlete must have completed at least 24 credit hours in the last academic year and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • The Academic All-MCCAA Award, for which a student-athlete must have completed at least 24 credit hours in the last academic year and have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher.
  • The 3rd Team National Junior College Athletic Association Academic Award, for which a student-athlete must have completed at least 24 credit hours in the last academic year and have a cumulative GPA between 3.60 and 3.79.
  • The 2nd Team NJCAA Academic Award, for which a student-athlete must have completed at least 24 credit hours in the last academic year and have a cumulative GPA between 3.80 and 3.99.
  • The 1st Team NJCAA Academic Award, for which a student-athlete must have completed at least 24 credit hours in the last academic year and have a cumulative GPA of 4.0.

Additionally, MCCAA All-Academic Team and NJCAA All-Academic Team honors were awarded to teams with a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. KCC’s women’s volleyball (3.32 GPA), women’s soccer (3.28 GPA), women’s basketball (3.23 GPA) and baseball (3.18 GPA) teams were named to both lists.

Individual student-athlete honors were awarded to the following KCC student-athletes:

BASEBALL

  • Zach Burkholder, of Brenan, Indiana, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Jayden Dentler, of Allegan, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • MacArthur Graybill, of Warren, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 3rd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Adam Henderson, of Vicksburg, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 2nd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Brock Henson, of Flint, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Ben Hubert, of Komoka, Ontario, Canada, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Kollin Kemerling, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Nolan Lawrence, of Fenton, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 3rd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Zachary Marshall, of Rockford, MCCAA Academic All-Conference
  • Mackenzie Martin, of Dexter, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Scott McGlade, of Pinckney, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 2nd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Justin Ratliff, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 3rd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Ryan Reincke, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference
  • Brendan Shepherd, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 1st Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Robert Slusher, of Lambertville, MCCAA Academic All-Conference
  • Kyle VanLiere, of Mattawan, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 1st Team NJCAA Academic Award

MEN’S BASKETBALL

  • Alika Edmonds, of Kalamazoo, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Ryan Flikkema, of Hastings, MCCAA Academic All-Conference
  • Ronald Jamierson, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference
  • Jamari Thomas-Newell, of Flint, MCCAA Academic All-Conference
  • Eddie Wesley, of Grand Rapids, MCCAA Academic All-Conference

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

  • Brianna Abercrombie, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Modaina Angus, of Bellevue, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 3rd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Gabby Costello, of Bellevue, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Audrey DeWaters, of Richland, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 2nd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Jessalynn Genier, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Megan Hicks, of Ceresco, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA

MEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY

  • Hunter Jewell, of Charlotte, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Kyle Strong, of Vicksburg, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA

WOMEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY

  • Morgan Walton, of Centreville, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA

WOMEN’S SOCCER

  • Rachel Bammer, of East Leroy, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Esther Beavers, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Natalie Bicego, of Warren, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 3rd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Nevia Carrillo, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 2nd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Gabby Costello, of Bellevue, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Cacey Hirleman, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 1st Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Jackie Mason (pictured above), of Marshall, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 1st Team NJCAA Academic Award, KCC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • Payton Olmstead, of Bellevue, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Savannah Piper, of Climax, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 1st Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Sarah Smith, of Bellevue, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 1st Team NJCAA Academic Award

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

  • Madison Ducheney, of Marshall, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 3rd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Grace Hall, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 2nd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Erika Knieper, Noblesville, Indiana, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Haidyn Markos, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 2nd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Jackie Mason (pictured above), of Marshall, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 1st Team NJCAA Academic Award, KCC Scholar-Athlete of the Year

High-resolution photographs of each student-athlete and team noted above can be downloaded for use by fans and the media from the respective album on KCC’s Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/kelloggcommunitycollege/albums.

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