Two Sequoyah County student athletes are among the nine from Carl Albert State College (CASC) honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Student Athletes Awards Program for 2016-2017.
Representing CASC baseball on the NJCAA All Academic Second Team are Dylan Thurber from Sallisaw and Joshua Cowart from Vian. Brandon Giribaldie from Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands, was also honored.
The program highlights individual athletes across the country for their academic success based on grade point averages (GPA).
Others honored were, on the CASC softball team, Lexey Branscum from Whitesboro, who earned a GPA of 4.0 and was selected to the NJCAA All Academic First Team.
Also on the softball team, Ainsley Flewellen from Drumright, Erin Bruner from Quinton, and Samantha Wolf from Idabel were named to the NJCAA All Academic Second Team with a GPA between 3.80 and 3.99.
CASC softball player Nikki Harrison from Waldron, Ark., made the NJCAA All Academic Third Team with a GPA between 3.6 and 3.79.
CASC baseball player Preston Whitten from Wagoner made the NJCAA All Academic Third Team.
CASC Athletic Director Randy Graves stated, “We are proud of these student athletes and appreciate their persistence. The example they are setting for other Viking athletes and for that matter all Carl Albert State College students is outstanding. The commitment it takes to be successful in the classroom and as athletes is very tough, so we congratulate these individuals.”
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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