American Indian Student-Athletes Recognized for Academic Achievement

MCC's High Achieving Student-Athletes Recognized

By Sam Stevens (MCC Advisor)

Mesa, AZ - On Saturday, Feb. 1, as the Mesa men's and women's basketball teams both defeated the visiting South Mountain Cougars, the Thunderbird athletic department hosted a student-athlete recognition day to honor 135 high achieving student-athletes during halftime of the men's basketball game. These hardworking individuals are some of the most academically gifted students at MCC who also train and compete in the tough Arizona Community College Athletic Association (ACCAC) on a national level while performing just as significantly in the classroom. They exemplify the term student-athlete and this particular group was recognized on Saturday because their Fall 2013 GPA's were 3.0 or above while enrolled in 12 or more credits.  

Student-athletes received certificates signed by MCC President Dr. Shouan Pan and MCC Athletic Director John Mulhern acknowledging they had earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the Fall 2013 semester.  Among those recognized were three of our own American Indian student-athletes whose academic performance in the classroom showcases their commitment to school while balancing the rigorous demands of their sport.  They are:

Michaela Begaye (Skyline High School) - Cross country/Track & Field

Darla Woody (Kirtland Central High School) - Women's Basketball

Tiona Huskie (Tuba City high School) - Softball (picture coming)

The American Indian Center at MCC wishes to acknowledge and congratulate these three bright and determined young ladies on their academic successes and encourages them to continue working hard in the classroom and in their respective sport. We are honored to count them among our high-achieving students as well and look forward to watching them succeed at MCC and beyond. Go Thunderbirds!