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Posted on July 1, 2014 by Sally Mesarosh
MESA, Ariz. –The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has honored 18 Mesa Community College student-athletes as all-academic for the 2013-14 year, as well as seven complete Thunderbird teams.
The all-academic selections have been awarded each year since 1983. In order to qualify, a student-athlete must have a 3.6-or-better GPA. Barely three percent of the more than 58,000 who competed last season are honored. Teams must have at least a 3.0 overall GPA.
“Most significantly for MCC this year is that all seven of the teams that were cited were among the school's best athletically as well. All seven finished among the nation's top 11 with baseball and women's basketball leading the way, each having captured national championships. Those two also had the two best team GPAs,” said John Mulhern, director of MCC Athletics.
Individually, Mariah Willadsen (So., Mesa, AZ/Red Mountain H.S.), of the women's basketball team, was honored with the Pinnacle Award for posting a 4.0 GPA. There were only 171 athletes recognized in this fashion.
Thunderbird teams honored were:
Individual Thunderbird student-athletes honored were:
“The recognition bestowed by the NJCC is evidence of the high standards and conscientious effort put forth by each student athlete to succeed academically and on the courts, fields and in the classroom,” said MCC President, Dr. Shouan Pan. “I commend our students, faculty and coaching staff for their pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.”
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About Mesa Community College
Mesa Community College provides outstanding transfer and career and technical programs, workforce development, and life-long learning opportunities to residents of the East Valley area of Phoenix, Arizona. MCC excels in teaching, learning and empowering its more than 40,000 students who attend annually to succeed in a local and global community. Mesa Community College is one of ten colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District. For additional information please visit http://www.mesacc.edu.
About MCC Athletics
MCC has one of the top two-year athletic programs in the nation. This year MCC finished fourth among more than 400 schools in the NATYCAA Cup, a compilation of team success in national championship events, and had 18 individuals and seven full teams, recognized as all-academic by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). More than 60 student-athletes will continue their careers at four-year institutions. Additional information about MCC’s athletic programs is available online at http://athletics.mesacc.edu.
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