Four North Idaho college teams and six individual athletes were recognized for their academic and athletic achievements recently by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Both the NIC men’s and women’s basketball teams, the volleyball team and the women’s soccer team were named an All-Academic Team by the NJCAA.
Six NIC athletes were honored with NJCAA Student-Athlete Awards out of nearly 60,000 student-athletes who competed in the NJCAA for the 2011-2012 academic year, representing more than 3,500 teams in 28 different sports.
“Congratulations to the student athletes for their academic excellence,” said NIC Athletics Director Al Williams. “It’s difficult to balance the demands of athletics and academics, and still perform at such a high level. We are proud of their achievements and the overall performance of all of our student athletes.”
NIC athletes recognized for the 2011-2012 academic year are:
Tia Sharp, women’s soccer player from Bozeman, Mont., won the Superior Academic Achievement Award with a 3.95 GPA.
Maria Salmio, women’s basketball player from Vantaa, Finland won the Superior Academic Achievement Award with a 3.89 GPA.
Danielle Meehan, volleyball player from Post Falls, won the Superior Academic Achievement Award with a 3.92 GPA.
Lauryn Martel, women’s soccer player from Bozeman, Mont., won the Superior Academic Achievement Award with a 3.8 GPA.
Kristin Kaufman, women’s soccer player from Loveland, Colo., won the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award with a 3.72 GPA.
Brianna Bishop, softball player from Twin Falls, won the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award with a 3.72 GPA. The 2011-2012 season marks the 29th year the NJCAA has recognized the success of student-athletes in the classroom. The NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards were previously known as NJCAA Academic All-American honors. More information can be found online at www.njcaa.org.