CLEVELAND – The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) announced the 2012-13 recipients of the D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards Wednesday, with 12 Georgia College student-athletes making the list. The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division 2 level.
A record number of institutions (171) and student-athletes (6,881) are being recognized for the 2012-13 Academic Achievement Awards. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference had 759 student-athletes honored, a record-high for the program, followed by the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) with 653 student-athletes being recognized and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) with 635 student-athletes being acknowledged with this award.
For Georgia College, baseball’s John Welborn (Locust Grove, Ga.) and Christian Wonders (Stuart, Fla.) both earned the honor, as well as a pair of softball players in Erica Bell (Fayetteville, Ga.) and Kristen Humphries (Columbus, Ga.).
Women’s soccer’s Anna Barrow (St. Simons, Ga.) and Lindsey Knott (Macon, Ga.) added to their academic accolades, with three each coming from women’s cross country and women’s tennis. Victoria Dobson (New Hamburg, Ontario), Catie Tinker (Dallas, Ga.) and Andrea Byrnes (Snellville, Ga.) were the women’s harriers, while May Johnson (Sydney, Australia), Michelle Lingner (Dunwoody, Ga.) and Ivana Marevic (Rottweil, Germany) were named from tennis.
In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division 2 institution must be a current dues-paying member of the D2ADA.
Also, the student-athlete must: have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year
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