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Fifty-one athletes recognized by Holmes, the MACJC and the NJCAA for academic prowess

Fifty-one athletes recognized by Holmes, the MACJC and the NJCAA for academic prowess

Fifty-one Holmes Community College athletes were recognized recently by Holmes Community College, the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges and the National Junior College Athletic Association for their work in the classroom during the 2012-13 school year.

The athletes had a grade point average of 3.4 or higher either during first semester, second semester or both semesters. Athletes were recognized as Semester Scholar Athletes or Academic Year Scholar Athletes. Athletes per sport included: baseball, seven; cheerleading, seven; men's basketball, one; women's basketball, two; football, 10; golf, two; men's soccer, six; women' soccer, five; softball, seven; men's tennis, one; and women's tennis, three.

In baseball, Jared Bailey, Jaylan Bledsoe, Dylan Hodges, Coy Sorensen, Jordan Taylor and Brandon Waltman were named Academic  Year Scholar Athletes while Manning James was a Semester Scholar Athlete. Sorensen, Taylor and Waltman were named to the MACJC Distinguished Academic All-State team. Sorenson and Taylor also received the NJCAA Superior Academic Achievement Award. The baseball finished the school year with a 3.02 GPA and was named a NJCAA All-Academic Team.

In cheerleading, Kimberly Ables, Fred Borganelli, Allen Campbell, Kaitlyn Howell, Clint McNeil, Austin Purvis and Shelby Soyars were named Academic Year Scholar Athletes.

In men's basketball, Kenitric Gillum was named a Semester Scholar Athlete while in women's basketball, Jasmine Edwards was named a Semester Scholar Athlete and Jessica Miles was named an Academic Year Scholar Athlete. Miles was named to the MACJC Distinguished Academic All-State team and also received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Achievement.

In football, Talbot Buys, David Carter, Alex Hawkins, Daniel Huffines, Matt Spencer and Dudley Moore were named Academic Year Scholar Athletes while Nick Glover and Richard Hampton were named Semester Scholar Athletes. Will Sigh and Addarious Willis were named MACJC Academic All-State while Carter, Hawkins and Moore were named to the MACJC Distinguished Academic All-State team. Moore received the NJCAA Superior Academic Achievement Award while Hawkins and Carter received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Achievement. The football team finished with a 2.63 GPA.

In golf, Tyler James and Taylor Worsham were named Academic Year Scholar Athletes. The golf team finished with a 2.94 GPA.

In men's soccer, Ryan Harris, Alex Hogue, Ryan Hudson and Ryan James were named Academic Year Scholar Athletes while Cameron Lomonaco and Willie Goliday were named Semester Scholar Athletes. Goliday was named to the MACJC Academic All-State team. Men's soccer finished the year with a 2.78 GPA.

In women's soccer, Annese Jaffery, Brooke Lawrence, Liz Petro and Kelsi Swann were named Academic Year Scholar Athletes while Tara Turner was named a Semester Scholar Athlete.  Women's soccer finished the year with a 3.08 GPA and was named a NJCAA All-Academic Team.

In softball, Michelle Gregory, Victoria Hunt, Kelsey Marter, Samantha Meadows, Katherine Pennington, Kelsey Rogers and Lauren Tharp were named Academic Year Scholar Athletes. Hunt, Marter and Tharp were named to the MACJC Distinguished Academic All-State team.  Hunt and Marter received the NJCAA Superior Academic Achievement Award while Tharp received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Achievement. Softball finished with a 3.18 GPA and was named a NJCAA All-Academic Team.

In men's tennis, Rami Jamileh was named an Academic Year Scholar Athlete.

In women's tennis, Liz Petro, Rebecca Shields and Callie Swinney were named Academic Year Scholar Athletes. Shields and Swinney were named to the MACJC Distinguished Academic All-State team and also received the NJCAA Superior Achievement Award. The women's tennis finished with a 3.31 GPA and was named a NJCAA All-Academic Team.