In all, 20 student-athletes were recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association or the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges, or by both organizations.
On the national level, the NJCAA presents awards in three categories: NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (for those achieving a perfect 4.0 grade-point average); NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.79 to 3.99 GPA); and NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.6 to 3.79 GPA).
Receiving the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence was Anna Katherine Nowell (softball) of Philadelphia.
Receiving the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement were Karoline Holsonback (softball) of Kennedy, Ala., Joseph Patrick (men’s tennis) of Morton, and Alana Walker (women’s soccer) of Pascagoula.
Receiving the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement were Ashlan Culberson (women’s soccer) of Brandon, Kristine Jenkins (women’s tennis) of Forest, Nicklas McNair (men’s soccer) of Philadelphia, William Myers (baseball) of Philadelphia, Hannah Peoples (women’s tennis) of Carthage, Dalton Smith (men’s soccer) of Florence, Mallory Turner (softball) of Collinsville, and Chance Whitten (baseball) of Batesville.
Academic honors presented to student-athletes on the state level include MACJC Distinguished Academic All-State (those earning a 3.8 to 4.0 GPA) and MACJC Academic All-State (3.25 to 3.79 GPA).
East Central Community College student-athletes receiving MACJC Distinguished Academic All-State were Karoline Holsonback, Anna Katherine Nowell, Joseph Patrick, and Alana Walker.
Receiving MACJC Academic All-State were Eliud Alvarez (men’s soccer) of Forest, Addie Ambrosier (women’s soccer) of Magee, Jerry Byrd (men’s soccer) of Biloxi, Tyler Cook (men’s soccer) of Saucier, Ashlan Culberson, Kristine Jenkins, Dylan Little (baseball) of Semmes, Ala., Kyle McCullouch (baseball) of Madison, Nicklas McNair, William Myers, Hannah Peoples, Dalton Smith, Mackenz Smith (women’s tennis) of Philadelphia, Tashiana Thompson (women’s basketball) of Lithonia, Ga., Mallory Turner, and Chance Whitten.
In addition to the individual awards, two of the college’s sports teams were both named the best in the state and the nation for academic performance for 2014-15.
The East Central women’s soccer program was named both the NJCAA and MACJC Women’s Soccer Academic Team of the Year for compiling an overall 3.53 grade-point average. It was the fourth such honor since the program began in 2005. The ECCC women’s softball program also was named both the NJCAA and MACJC Women’s Softball Academic Team of the Year for compiling an overall 3.63 grade-point average this past academic year.