Student-Athletes Awarded for Academic Efforts


NJCAA Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., recently released the names of the 2013-2014 NJCAA Academic Student-Athletes Awards. Eight students at Snead State were named to the list that honors their individual academic honors.

“We are very pleased our student-athletes receive this honor because it reflects on their commitment to academics as much as their focus on athletics,” said Athletic Director Mark Richard. “This group of student-athletes has set the academic standard high, but with the direction we’ve taken with the Athletic Program, the athletes who follow them will find success as well.”

For the past three years, much of the attention in the Snead State athletic department shifted to mirror the College’s mission to enhance opportunities for students through the College Completion Agenda. The changes set Snead State Athletics apart from the other programs in the state.

 “Many of our students rely on the resources available through athletics to set them on a path toward a quality education. Our commitment was and will continue to be helping students succeed,” said Richard.

One of the primary academic student-athlete standards that changed reflected the College’s commitment to the College Completion Agenda. Of Snead State’s 50 sophomore athletes, 46 of them graduated in May or will graduate this summer. The overall athletic department had a GPA of 3.1.

All eight of Snead State’s NJCAA Academic Student-Athletes graduated with their Associate’s degree in May.

Shanena Blankenship, a member of the Lady Parsons softball team, received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence. The Award of Excellence is the highest Academic Student-Athlete award given. She finished at Snead State with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Shanena is from Huntsville and is the daughter of Trina and Rhett Blankenship. She majored in accounting.

The NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement is given to student-athletes who have achieved a 3.80 to 3.99 GPA. Basketball player Monica Cooper and softball player Caitlyn Roe received the Superior Academic Achievement Award.

Monica is the daughter of Steve and Pam Campbell. She is a graduate of DAR High School and majored in mechanical engineering. She finished with a 3.89 GPA.

Caitlyn is the daughter of Phil and Jeanette Roe. She had a 3.88 GPA while majoring in pre-nursing. She’s from Filer, Id.

The NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement is given to student-athletes who have achieved a 3.60 to 3.79 GPA. Receiving the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award is Samantha Dooley, Zachary Dugas, Mary Graves, Meagan Johnson and Ayla Kirby.

  • Samantha is the daughter of Monica and Sam Dooley. She is a graduate of Boaz High School. She majored in elementary education and maintained a 3.65 GPA. She was a member of the Snead State tennis team.
  • Zachary is the son of Allen Dugas. He’s from Mandeville, La. He maintained a 3.6 GPA and played baseball.
  • Mary played softball for the Lady Parsons. She is the daughter of Pam Graves. She is from Lacey Springs and graduated with a 3.78 GPA.
  • Meagan was a member of the Snead State volleyball team. She is from Hatton and is the daughter of Rickey and Bridget Johnson. She maintained a 3.76 GPA.
  • Ayla is also a member of the Snead State volleyball team. She is from Guntersville and is the daughter of Bruce and Heather Kirby. She finished at Snead State with a 3.85 GPA.

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