CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) announced the 2017-18 recipients of the D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards recently, with 41 Georgia College student-athletes making the list. The Academic Achievement Awards program recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level.
In total, 10,223 student-athletes from 165 institutions are being recognized for the 2017-18 Academic Achievement Awards.
For Georgia College, baseball’s Eric Furphy (Suwanee, Georgia), Logan Mattix (Loganville, Georgia), Nate Schmal (Cumming, Georgia), Bradley Spinner (Roswell, Georgia), Brandt Stallings (Buford, Georgia), Matt Studdard (Conyers, Georgia), and Harrison Veldsma (Marietta, Georgia) and received the accolade.
The Georgia College Softball team had a successful year in the classroom with seven winners. The players include, Hannah Coursey (Sugar Hill, Georgia), Holland Coursey (Sugar Hill, Georgia), Amber Coy (Warner Robins, Georgia), Baylee Hall (Hephzibah, Georgia), Nicole Humphries (Columbus, Georgia), Danielle Rubin (Canton, Georgia) and Caroline Snider (Tennille, Georgia).
There were a whopping 15 recipients on the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams, with Shawn Olmstead (Buford, Georgia), Connor Reynolds (Peachtree City, Georgia), Daniel Sexton (Cumming, Georgia) and Brian Skoglind (Cumming, Georgia) on the men’s side, with Tessa Allen (Atlanta, Georgia), Rachel Boulineau (Canton, Georgia), Madison Bowers (Cumming, Georgia), Sydney Brown (Canton, Georgia), Kaitlyn Griffith (Cumming, Georgia), Maddy Howe (Dacula, Georgia), Grace Lynch (Snellville, Georgia), Brittney Schwind (Suwanee, Georgia), Anna Tipton (Hartwell, Georgia), Sarah Wilder (Tifton, Georgia) and Rebecca Winslow (Lawrenceville, Georgia) for the women.
A total of five players from the Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams received the academic honor including Jannik Kumbier (Neumunster, Germany) and Robin Moller (Hamburg, Germany) for the men. On the women’s side, Kristen Jones (Marietta, Georgia), Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville, Georgia) and Emma Niemi (Cumming, Georgia) earned the award.
For the Volleyball program, Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida) and Taylor Svehla (Cumming, Georgia) both earned the academic achievement.
The Bobcat Soccer program was exceptional in the classroom with four players earning the accolade. Those players include, Ragnheidur Bjarnadottir (Gardabaer, Iceland), Ashlee Graham (Decatur, Georgia), Sarah Miller (Duluth, Georgia) and Maddie Stephen (Norcross, Georgia).
In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, they 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.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup and the 2017 PBC Sportsmanship Institution of the Year, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.