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NJCAA names HCC Cougar athletes as Academic All-Americans status

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Based on academic excellence, 17 Highland Community College student-athletes are honored as NJCAA All-Academic Team recipients. For student-athletes to qualify for this prestigious academic award, the individual must have completed a minimum of 24 semester hours in the 2020-21 academic year with a minimum 3.60 GPA. In addition to the individual Academic All-Americans, four Highland teams were named NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year. Teams must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the academic year to qualify for the team award.

NJCCA All-Academic First Team:  4.0 GPA

  • Alena Asche (Durand)
  • Jenna Diehl (Freeport)
  • Lexis Evenson (Dakota)
  • Kierra Schulz (Lena)

 NJCAA All-Academic Second Team:  3.80-3.99 GPA

  • Margaret Bald (Freeport)
  • Tia Clark (Pearl City)
  • Alexander Cortez (South Beloit)

 NJCAA All-Academic Third Team:  3.60-3.79 GPA

  • Cameron Bardell (Freeport)
  • Josie Bunker (Freeport)
  • Kaylyn Field (Dakota)
  • Jackson Heimer (Freeport)
  • Ahlasia Kloepping (Freeport)
  • Paige Middendorf (East Dubuque)
  • Madilyn Schultz (Lena)
  • Connor Shoemaker (Freeport)
  • Justin Warren (Chicago)
  • Madison Zadro (Winnipeg, MB)

NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year:

  • Volleyball – 3.68
  • Women’s Basketball – 3.02
  • Softball – 3.13
  • Golf – 3.29

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