EWC student athletes receive awards

Monday, June 13th, 2016 • 8:56 am

The Eastern Wyoming College Athletic Department is proud to announce twenty-two student athletes earned the honor of the NJCAA Academic All Region IX for the 2015-2016 academic year.

To qualify a student athlete must have earned a minimum of a 3.25 cumulative GPA.  Individual award winners from the EWC golf team were Adrian Torres Ruiz, Madrid, Spain; Denton Shaw, Lusk, WY; and Eric Lovell, Greeley, CO. Award winners for men’s and women’s basketball: Hunter Johnson, Delta, UT; Grant Olsson, Gering, NE; Dustin Gatzki, Westlock, Canada; Sarah Bersang, Horens, Denmark; Emily Evans, Cheyenne, WY; Lacey Knudsen, Fairplay, CO; Jessica Lessard, Yoder, WY; Anna Perez, Canet de Mar, Spain; Carna Prokic, Subotica, Serbia; and Jessica Rossi, Yampa, CO; and from women’s volleyball:  Sophia Arensdorf, Ogallala, NE; Carmen Carvajal, Lugo, Spain; Lena Labitzke, Dresden, Germany; Taylor Limoges, Lyman, WY; Brittany O’Kief, Valentine, NE; Madison Powell, Yuma, CO; Sophia Seely, Cheyenne, WY; Madison Vitt, Mountain View, WY; and Shelby Welsh, Ogallala, NE.

In addition both women’s basketball and volleyball teams were honored in meeting the requirements for the NJCAA Academic Team of the Year. This is a team cumulative GPA of a minimum of 3.0 over the course of the academic year. The Women’s Basketball team earned a 3.31 GPA and the Volleyball GPA was 3.27. EWC’s nine international students had an overall GPA of 3.47.

Two rodeo team members were named Scholar Americans which requires a 3.5 cumulative GPA and points earned in competition. They were Jamie Thompson, Lusk, WY, and Cody Colman, O’Neill, NE.

EWC also had eight student athletes honored as Academic All-American Student Athletes, which requires a minimum 3.60 – 3.79 GPA for the Exemplary Award, 3.80-3.99 for the Superior Award, and a 4.00 for the Pinnacle award, and includes all college level student athletes. Those students earning honors were: men’s basketball, Hunter Johnson earned the Superior Award with a 3.84 GPA; women’s volleyball team, Sophia Arensdorf, Superior Award 3.92 GPA; Sophia Seely, Exemplary Award 3.69 GPA; Madison Vitt, Exemplary Award 3.76 GPA; women’s basketball, Sarah Bersang Exemplary Award 3.71 GPA; Anna Perez Exemplary Award 3.79 GPA; Lacey Knudsen Superior Award 3.81 GPA; and Jessica Rossi Superior Award 3.87 GPA.

“Eastern Wyoming College and our community can all be very proud of the academic success of these fine young men and women,” said Athletic Director Tom Andersen,“ and congratulations to EWC’s coaching staff for recruiting and mentoring these student athletes.”

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