June 18, 2013
The National Junior College Athletic Association has released its list of annual award recipients for the 2012-2013 year. A number of athletes from Northeastern Junior College made this list.
Jenna Vandenbark, a six foot tall volleyball and basketball player, originally from Fleming, received the prestigious Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence which is the highest recognition for a student-athlete. She graduated this May, with honors, having maintained a 4.0 grade point average over two years. Vandenbark played volleyball both years at Northeastern and then also played basketball her sophomore year.
Two students received the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement by maintaining a grade point average between 3.6 and 3.79 over two years. Caleb Carlson, a right handed pitcher from Loveland, Colorado earned a 3.69 grade point average and MacKenzie Krause, a two year volleyball player from Johnstown had a 3.6 grade point average.
Academic All Region Awards were also presented by NJCAA Region IX. These awards are based on one year’s academic performance. Some sophomores won this award for the first time, while some freshmen received this recognition in their first year at the collegiate playing level.
Following is a list of the students earning the Academic All Region Award, including their hometown and the sport they play: Jenna Vandenbark, Fleming, volleyball and basketball; Kati Kuntz, Otis, volleyball; Anna Kindvall, Merino, volleyball; Shay Hansen, Brush, baseball; Eric York, Thornton, soccer; Austin Gamblin, Herriman, UT, men’s basketball; Jaci Digby, Simla, volleyball; Caleb Carlson, Loveland, basketball; Mackensie Krause, Johnstown, volleyball; Alexander Dew-Merriex, Denver, men’s basketball; Ryan Reno, Denver, baseball; Jordan Bishop, Colorado Springs, women’s basketball; Tiffany Mines, Farson, WY, women’s basketball; Derek Karg, Sterling, soccer; Jordan Procyshen, Canada, baseball; Jacob Dittman, Colorado Springs, baseball; Laura Gerk, Holyoke, softball; Katherine Feldman, Northglenn, softball; Josh Gordan, Yuma, baseball; Margo Beaumont, Canon City, softball; and Daniel Westerberg, Denver, baseball.