Twenty-four Lincoln College Student-Athletes Awarded Academic Honors by NJCAA

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[June 23, 2016]  LINCOLN - The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) handed out its annual Academic Student-Athlete Awards recently and 24 athletes from Lincoln College were named to the prestigious list.

The NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards were previously known as NJCAA Academic All-American honors. The NJCAA has renamed its academic awards program to the following:

  • NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale)
  • NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80 to 3.99 on a 4.00 scale)
  • NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60 to 3.79 on a 4.00 scale)

Known honorees from Lincoln College are:


  • Maggie Arehart (golf), Superior
  • Angus Buller (baseball), Exemplary
  • Grant Carmody (wrestling), Superior
  • Ashlyn Carroll (softball), Superior
  • Madalyn Cooper (softball), Exemplary
  • Makenzie Cooper (volleyball, softball), Pinnacle
  • Kayla Dierker (volleyball), Exemplary
  • Ally Green (golf, baskeball), Superior
  • Aira Hanson (volleyball), Exemplary
  • Cynthia Holten (golf, basketball), Exemplary
  • Cassie Jennings (volleyball), Exemplary
  • Iradukunda Josephine (cross country, indoor/outdoor track & field), Superior
  • Rebecca Lee (softball), Exemplary
  • Rylee Martin (softball), Superior
  • Christin Mathias (softball), Pinnacle
  • Mercedez Morgan (softball), Exemplary
  • Blaine Ray (baseball), Superior
  • Brighton Robbins (softball, volleyball), Pinnacle
  • Ashley Robinson (softball, volleyball), Superior

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  • Garrad Straube (indoor/outdoor track & field, wrestling), Superior
  • Mallory Tharp (cross country, indoor/outdoor track & field), Superior
  • Lauren Wendt (volleyball, indoor/outdoor track & field), Superior
  • Matthew Winscher (baseball), Exemplary
  • Erica Wolpert (softball), Exemplary

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is the governing body of two-year college athletics, offering endless athletic and academic opportunities to college students. It is the second largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the United States with over 500 member schools in 43 states. Each year over 50,000 student-athletes compete in one of 28 different sports and the organization sponsors 48 national championship events and nine football bowl games each year. For more visit

With minimal changes, the NJCAA academic awards program has been in place since 1983.

[Jeff Nelson]


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