30 T-Bird Student Athletes Earn NJCAA Academic Recognition

30 T-Bird Student Athletes Earn NJCAA Academic Recognition

Concordia, KS- The National Junior College Athletic Association has released its 2015-16 Academic Student Athlete Awards and 30 Cloud County athletes have earned recognition. 

Three types of awards are presented: 

Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence- 4.0 GPA

Superior Academic Achievement Award- 3.80-3.99 GPA

Exemplary Academic Achievement Award- 3.60-3.79 GPA

The students listed below all participated in athletics at for the Thunderbirds and were recognized for their hard work in the classroom as well. For a full listing of all NJCAA academic awards click HERE.


Exemplary: John Badgett, Nick Wordekemper, Zach Holmes

Women's Basketball

Superior: Taylor Ames

Exemplary: Erin Alexander, Kaley Broeckelman, Katleyn Thomson

Men's Basketball

Superior: Jesse Patrick

Exemplary: Duby Maduegbunam

Men's Soccer

Exemplary: Aleksandar Pumpalovic, Ruan da Silva


Pinnacle: Alison Rassette

Superior: Ann Flach

Exemplary: Leslie Schuetz 

Track and Field/Cross Country

Superior: Acacia Thalmann, Galen Allen, 

Exemplary: Ashlyn Parrish, Bryce Ginther, Camila Faundez, Chance Chrisman, Debbie Ames, Jace Coppoc, Jacob Drey


Superior: Brooke Paslay, Laura Sudbeck, McKenna White

Exemplary: Bailey Lewis, Cheyanne Hileman, Jaci Kolm, Jocelyn Marten