Carl Albert State College Athletes Honored for Academic Success by National Junior College Athletic Association
Five Carl Albert State College student athletes and the Carl Albert State College softball team have been honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Student Athletes Awards Program for 2013-2014. The program highlights teams and individual athletes across the country for their academic success based on grade point averages (GPA).
The Carl Albert softball team is among the NJCAA Division 1 All-Academic Teams named, with an overall 3.27 GPA average. Individual CASC softball players honored for their academic success include Karlee Loula and Meagan Ryburn. Loula received the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence with a 4.0 GPA. Ryburn was presented an Exemplary Academic Achievement Award with a 3.7 GPA.
On the men’s baseball team, Carter Cumbie received the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award with a 3.77 GPA, and Cody Luman accepted the same award with a 3.66 GPA.
Taylor Rains, a member of the Carl Albert men’s basketball team, received the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award with a 3.71 GPA.
Mike St. John, Carl Albert’s Athletic Director stated, “For our athletes to be successful in the classroom as well as on the court and/or field is a great accomplishment, and we congratulate this group of individuals and our entire women’s softball team. On behalf of all our coaching staff at Carl Albert, we appreciate the example these students are setting for all our current and future athletes.”
Randy Graves, CASC Associate Vice President for Student Life stated, “I just arrived on campus a few weeks ago, and I’m excited to see our athletes proving themselves in the classroom. It is my understanding that Karlee was also the recipient of the highest academic honor of our entire graduating class this year at Carl Albert and that is quite an achievement. I look forward to continued success by our athletes both in the classroom and as members of the Carl Albert State College Viking teams.”