Potomac State athletes named NJCAA All-Academic

 The national office of the NJCAA in Colorado Springs, Co., recently announced that of the 59,000 student-athletes participating in various sports for the 2016-2017 academic year, 6,006 earned distinction on one of the three NJCAA All-Academic Teams.  West Virginia University’s Potomac State College (PSC) had 13 students named to the teams.

Potomac State AthleticsMaking the NJCAA All-Academic First Team were: Brittney Hozdic (volleyball), a freshman pre-nursing major from Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.; Makaleigh Roberts (volleyball), a freshman pre-nursing major from Hedgesville, W.Va.; Michael Livingston (baseball), a freshman civil engineering major from Frostburg, Md.; Samuel Aloi IV (baseball), a sophomore pre-occupational therapy major from Bridgeport, W.Va.; and Sarah Whiteman (volleyball), a sophomore psychology major from Ridgeley, W.Va.

Earning NJCAA All-Academic Second Team honors were: Dakota Stingo (lacrosse), a freshman secondary education major from Fairmont, W.Va.; and Sierra Farris (softball), a freshman physical education major from Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Named to NJCAA All-Academic Third Team were: Dominic Peroni (baseball), a freshman general studies major from Uniontown, Pa.; Jordyn Munson (softball), a freshman general studies major from Hedgesville, W.Va.; Magnus Bjornaa (basketball), a freshman secondary education major from Holbaek, Denmark; Makenah Harrington (softball), a freshman biology major from Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; Texas Cobb (baseball), a sophomore business administration major from Charles Town, W.Va.; and Zachary Musgrove (baseball), a freshman general studies major from Grafton, W.Va.

Several changes in criteria have been made to the NJCAA’s academic student-athlete awards program, which includes allowing first-year student-athletes to be considered as long as they’ve completed 24 semester-hours or 36 quarter-hours.  Student-athletes must also meet the required grade point average of: First Team, 4.0; Second Team, 3.80-3.99; and Third Team, 3.60-3.79.  The NJCAA has been recognizing the academic success of student athletes since 1983.