Seven Hawks Land on NJCAA All-Academic Teams
Seven student-athletes from the College of Southern Maryland were recently named to the 2018-19 NJCAA All-Academic First, Second, and Third Teams.
Katelyn Kluh, a two-sport student-athlete, received All-Academic First Team honors after earning a 4.00 GPA in her freshman year. Kluh, from La Plata, Maryland, and La Plata High School, managed to balance her schoolwork while playing middle hitter on the volleyball team in the fall and center on the women's basketball team in the winter.
Kluh was one of 1,552 NJCAA student-athletes to make the All-Academic First Team. A 4.0 GPA was needed to be named to the All-Academic First Team.
Four Hawks were named to the All-Academic Second Team. Semiya Lowe, freshman midfielder for the women's soccer team from Hughesville, Maryland and La Plata High School, made it after obtaining a 3.90 GPA. Lowe is majoring in Mathematics and Sciences, and is considering attending Florida State University, the University of Maryland, or the University of San Diego after her time at CSM. Two members of the men's soccer team received recognition for their work in the classroom. Sophomore defender Zachary McDonough from Accokeek, Maryland, and Southern Maryland Christian Academy earned a 3.90 GPA, while freshman forward Nathaniel Morrison from Leonardtown, Maryland, ended the year with a 3.87 GPA. McDonough will be majoring in mechanical engineering when he begins attending the University of Maryland in the fall. Freshman utility player Kaitlyn Culbert, from Dunkirk, Maryland, and Northern High School, earned a 3.90 GPA while playing for the softball team. Student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.99-3.80 achieved All-Academic Second Team honors.
Carley Hebb and Sierra Walker were named to the All-Academic Third Team. Hebb, a freshman from La Plata, Maryland, and La Plata High School, played goalkeeper and defender for the women's soccer team and accumulated a 3.76 GPA. Walker, a freshman from White Plains, Maryland, and North Point High School, earned a 3.75 GPA while running as the only member of the women's cross-country team. Student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.79-3.60 achieved All-Academic Third Team distinction.
"Year in and year out, NJCAA student-athletes continue to set a new standard both on the field and in the classroom," NJCAA President & CEO Dr. Christopher Parker said. "The 2018-19 academic year was no different as student-athletes raised the bar once again to reiterate the importance of academics throughout the NJCAA. As an association, we take tremendous pride in knowing that our student-athletes put their best foot forward each day to become well-rounded members of their team, their campus, and their communities."
A new NJCAA record was set this past school year, as 6,656 participants were named to one of the three All-Academic teams. This year's record eclipsed the previous mark of 6,329 set in the 2017-18 academic year.