Knights Athletes Honored For Academic Achievements

Author: MGA Athletics Department
Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 4:00 AM
Categories: Athletics | Honors/Awards | Students

Macon, GA

The National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) released its list of student-athletes across the nation who achieved a GPA of 3.60 or higher for their academic career while also competing in athletics. Five Middle Georgia State College Knights earned spots on the list for 2013-14.

The student-athletes all received the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award from the NJCAA for having a GPA between 3.60 and 3.79 and more than 45 hours for their college career:

Victoria Cauley, Gray, GA, Women's Tennis, 3.62
Caitlin Greer, Milan, GA, Softball, 3.72
Matthew Kuhlenberg, Midland, GA, Baseball, 3.72
Lana Maddox, Chester, GA, Softball, 3.78
Daniel Ramirez, Miami, FL, Men's Soccer, 3.65

In addition to the individuals, the Knights softball team received a nomination for the All-Academic Team. The combined GPA for the team this year was 3.01. This makes the second straight year Knights Softball has been nominated for the honor. The NJCAA team with the highest GPA is presented the award while all teams with a 3.00 or higher team GPA are nominated and listed on the NJCAA web site. The roster for this year's team is:

Blakelyn Bundick, Eastman, GA
Abbie Drake, Harlem, GA
Morgan Barton, Appling, GA
Hannah Twilley, Jessup, GA
Julie Bradley, Macon, GA
Cara Brainard, Middleton, CT
Carlie Farmer, Warner Robins, GA
Kiauna Chang, Evans, GA
Kara Langill, Alpharetta, GA
Kayla Bawkin, Hoboken, GA
Lana Maddox, Chester, GA
Caitlin Greer, Milan, GA
Alyssa Amerson, Gordon, GA
Sara Bennetts, Woodstock, GA
Jessica Cook, Ocilla, GA

Middle Georgia State College will join the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics this fall. The NAIA formally extended the invitation on April 14, 2014, during its annual convention of member schools. It represents a major step for Middle Georgia State, a bachelor's degree-granting institution moving toward university status.