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June 30, 2011

Seven Buccaneers receive Academic All-American honors

Baseball named NJCAA All-Academic Team

The NJCAA has announced the names of the 2010-2011 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards as well as the 2010-2011 NJCAA All-Academic Teams.

Blinn softball All-American infielder Sara Vaughn (SO, Huntsville) received the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence with a 4.0 grade point average. Vaughn also received the 2011 Dr. James H. Atkinson Cup, as the sophomore student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA at Blinn College. Vaughn finished her two-year career at Blinn with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Superior Academic Achievement Award winners were baseball team member Kevin Hahn (FR, Stratford; 3.85 GPA), softball team member Tara Bell (SO, Baytown, 3.8 GPA) and women’s basketball team member Marqui Hodges (SO, Mesquite; 3.81 GPA).

Exemplary Academic Achievement Award winners includes baseball team member Chris Muellner (SO, Beaumont West Brook; 3.78 GPA) and softball players Lindsey Marik (SO, El Campo; 3.72 GPA) and Alyssa Vordenbaum (SO, Pasadena; 3.69 GPA).

Sara Vaughn Kevin Hahn Tara Bell Marqui Hodges
Sara Vaughn Kevin Hahn Tara Bell Marqui Hodges
Chris Muellner Lindsey Marik    
Chris Muellner Lindsey Marik    

To be eligible for the Academic Student-Athlete Awards, student-athletes must have completed three full-time semesters or four full-time quarters of college work and have participated in at least one season at the varsity level. To receive the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence, a student must have a 4.0 GPA. Requirements for the Superior Academic Achievement Award is a 3.8 to 3.99 GPA. Exemplary Academic Achievement Award requirements are 3.60 to 3.79. All awards are based on a 4.0 scale for 60 quarter hours or 45 semester hours.

In addition to these individual awards, the Buccaneer baseball team was announced as a NJCAA All-American team, with a team GPA of 3.16.  This marks the second consecutive season the baseball program has achieved this honor. The minimum GPA requirement for consideration is a team GPA of 3.0.

Over 1,470 NJCAA student-athletes met the requirements for individual academic honors while over 370 teams qualified for academic team accolades.