More than 40 KCC student athletes earn postseason academic awards

2022 KCC Scholar Athletes Grace Hall and Tate Peterson.

More than 40 individual student athletes from Kellogg Community College and three KCC athletic teams received postseason academic awards for excellence in the classroom during the 2021-22 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 basketball (3.32 GPA), baseball (3.19 GPA), and women’s cross country (3.13 GPA) teams were named to both lists.

Baseball

  • Sam Bassett-Kennedy, of Ann Arbor, MCCAA Academic All-Conference
  • Keegan Batka, of Grand Rapids, MCCAA Academic All-Conference
  • Rance Bryant, of Danville, IL, MCCAA Academic All-Conference
  • Matthew DeFay, of St. Joseph, MCCAA Academic All-Conference
  • Hilario DeLaPaz, of Kalamazoo, MCCAA Academic All-Conference
  • Kane Elmy, of Canton, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 2nd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • James Geshel, of Grand Rapids, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Nathan Herberholz, of Canton, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 1st Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Chase Kemp, of Chelsea, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 2nd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Gavin Kempainen, of Howell, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Jackson Kitchen, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference
  • Cooper Middleton, of Marshall, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Drew Mitchell, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Tate Peterson (pictured above), of Grandville, KCC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • Ashton Potts, of Sterling Heights, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA,
  • Nathan Ross, of Jenison, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 2nd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • RJ Sherwood, of Canton, MCCAA Academic All-Conference
  • Brett Stanley, of Washington TownshipAcademic All-MCCAA, 2nd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Brendan VanTubergen, of Garden City, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Noah Warren, of Grand Ledge, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 2nd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Kyle Winslow, of Durand, , MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 2nd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Carter Woody, of Syracuse, IN, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA

Men’s Basketball

  • Alika Edmonds, of Kalamazoo, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 2nd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Jarod Hubbard, of Mattawan, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA

Women’s Basketball

  • Kassidy Bishop, of Sherwood, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 3rd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Madison Edwards, of Climax, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Elizabeth Schreur, of Tekonsha, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 3rd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Maya Wilson, of Bellevue, MCCAA Academic All-Conference

Women’s Bowling

  • Kelsey Kipp, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference

Men’s Cross Country

  • Carter Spring, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 2nd Team NJCAA Academic Award

Women’s Cross Country

  • Kassidy Bishop, of Sherwood, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 3rd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Ava Cooney, of Athens, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 3rd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Natalia Egnatuk, of Marshall, MCCAA Academic All-Conference
  • Shayla Mejia, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Ellie Nowak, of Charlotte, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 3rd Team NJCAA Academic Award

Women’s Soccer

  • Allison Biergeder, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference
  • Ava Cooney, of Athens, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 3rd Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Natalia Egnatuk, of Marshall, MCCAA Academic All-Conference
  • Lillian Fulcher, of Paw Paw, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Chloe Leugers, of Marshall, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Maya Ruelas, of Kalamazoo, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 1st Team NJCAA Academic Award
  • Lyssa Walker, of Hastings, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA

Women’s Volleyball

  • Madison Edwards, of Climax, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Grace Hall (pictured above), of Battle Creek, KCC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • Jaelyn Hampton, of Napoleon, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA
  • Kelsie Kemerling, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA,
  • Ondrea Miller, of Battle Creek, MCCAA Academic All-Conference, Academic All-MCCAA, 3rd Team NJCAA Academic Award

High-resolution photographs of each student athlete noted above can be downloaded at kelloggbruins.com or requested by emailing KCC Marketing Director Simon A. Thalmann at thalmanns@kellogg.edu.

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