June 13, 2024
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AACC athletes score in the classroom as well as on field

Anne Arundel Community College showed its athletics program scored just as high in the classroom when six student-athletes were named National Junior College Athletic Association Academic Student Athletes. Three AACC teams also were recognized as top NJCAA Academic Teams with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

Winning the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence was sophomore volleyball player Cynthia Jones of Gambrills, with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. The other five athletes earned awards for Superior Academic Achievement: Chellsea Clark-Ames of Pasadena, 3.94 GPA, a sophomore goalkeeper on the soccer team; Caitlin Dea of Pasadena, 3.95 GPA, a freshman volleyball player; Olivia Pittman of Annapolis, 3.83 GPA, a sophomore who played attack on the lacrosse team; Erica Toth of Arnold, 3.90 GPA, a sophomore who played left field and second base on the softball team; and Kelsey Wagner of Shady Side, 3.91 GPA, a freshman cross country runner.

AACC tied with Harford Community College with having the most teams posting GPAs above 3.0. AACC’s three top teams were Women’s Cross Country, with a 3.15 GPA average, coached by Jim Griffiths to an eighth-place finish; Women’s Lacrosse, with a 3.05 GPA, also coached by Griffiths to finish third nationally; and Men’s Golf, 3.02 GPA, coached by Joel Thorne to a sixth-place finish.

AACC offers an extensive program of intercollegiate athletics for both men and women, including baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball. For information about AACC’s program, call 410-777-2300 or visit the website, www.aacc.edu/athletics.

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