NCTC athletes succeeding in classroom

by Darin Allred | Jan 14, 2013 <p> </p>

GAINESVILLE - North Central Texas College's athletics teams are not only succeeding on the fields and courts, but also in the classroom.

NCTC student-athletes just completed a successful Fall 2012 semester.

The four athletic teams at NCTC, which includes 72 student-athletes and managers, had an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.24 for the Fall semester.

The Lady Lion volleyball team had the highest mark with a 3.37 GPA. Baseball and tennis were second at 3.28 and softball had a 3.07.

Several individual student-athletes were honored for their exceptional work in the classroom as well.

Seven NCTC athletes were named to the President's List with a GPA of 4.0. The group included Kendall Bagley (softball), Bill Bay (baseball), Jordan Chandler (tennis), Landon Darwin (baseball), Charles Deckard (baseball), Dean Fleitman (baseball) and Rachel Kidwell (softball).

Among the athletes who were named to the Dean's List with a GPA of 3.5-3.9 were Cassidy Crawford (tennis), Lauren Cude (volleyball), Greg Davis (baseball), Danny Fernandez (baseball), Shannon Green (softball), Kelli Hadley (volleyball), Katie Heath (softball), Kaitlynn Henson (volleyball), Scott Hill (baseball), Harlee Johnson (volleyball), Nika Juricic (tennis), Matt Michalski (baseball), Celina Ortiz (softball), Jasmine Parker (softball), Alexander Pena (baseball), Danny Perez (baseball), Jaymee Ross (volleyball), Kat Strunk (softball), Clayton Vaughn (baseball) and Hailee Washburn (volleyball).

"It certainly is a nice accomplishment when more than a third of our student-athletes made either the Dean's or President's honors list," NCTC athletic director Van Hedrick said. "It's not easy to spend hours in class, at practice and competing in games and tournaments both in and out of town and still find time to get homework done and study for exams. It speaks to the dedication of the students."

Each NCTC team has mandatory study hall hours. In addition, they are able to use the Student Success Center where they, like other students, can take advantage of free tutoring and other academic services.

Among the North Central Texas College athletes who were named to either the President's List or Dean's List for the 2012 Fall semester were (left to right), front row: Katie Heath, Jasmine Parker, Rachel Kidwell, Shannon Green and Kendall Bagley; second row: Nika Juricic, Alexander Pena, Clayton Vaughn, Danny Perez and Celina Ortiz; third row: Cassidy Crawford, Danny Fernandez, Greg Davis, Charles Deckard and Kat Strunk; back row: Dean Fleitman, Bill Bay, Landon Darwin and Harlee Johnson.