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May 26, 2013

Three Athletes Honored for Academic Achievement

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has released their annual list of "Athletes of Distinction", a list of student athletes that have performed at a high level academically over their careers.  Academic awards are divided into three categories based on GPA. Pinnacle Award for Excellence is for those achieving a GPA of 4.0. The Award for Superior Academic Achievement is given to those who attain a GPA of 3.80 – 3.99 and the Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement is given to those who have a GPA of 3.60 – 3.79. In order for a student to be awarded they must achieve the minimum GPA and have completed 60 credit hours of college work.

Jackson State Community College is pleased to announce three honorees; Taylor Douglas, a Camden native and graduate of Camden Central high, has received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence. The award is only given to those that achieve a perfect 4.0 GPA. Douglas played outfield and pitched for the Generals.

Toni (Michaela) Thompson, a Scotts Hill graduate, has received the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement. This award is given to those that achieve a minimum GPA of 3.80. Thompson played basketball for the Lady Generals.

Jesse Messick, a graduate of Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, TN has been awarded the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Service. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.60 to receive this honor. Messick was a catcher for the JSCC Generals the past 2 seasons.

Each honoree is listed in the official release which can be found on the NJCAA website.
http://www.njcaa.org/athletes_of_distinction_academic_all_americans.cfm?ltr=m&yr=9&collegeid=0