Ten CCRI student-athletes named NJCAA Academic All-Americans
July 15, 2020
Ten student-athletes from the Community College of Rhode Island qualified as National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic All-Americans for the 2019-20 academic year.
The NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards honor individuals for their achievements in the classroom. The awards are based on grade point average; students with a 4.0 GPA qualify NJCAA First Team Academic All-Americans, followed by the Second Team recipients with a GPA between 3.80–3.99, and Third Team with a GPA between 3.60–3.79.
“While competing on the field teaches our student-athletes so many valuable lessons, the ultimate goal for all of them here at CCRI is to be as successful as they can in the classroom,” Interim Director of Athletics Kevin Salisbury said. “Our coaches and staff, while pursuing athletic success, prioritize success in the classroom so our student-athletes are retained from semester to semester and graduate. Our department congratulates the student-athletes that earned ‘top of the class’ honors.”
Four of the 10 CCRI student-athletes on the NJCAA All-Academic teams qualified for Second Team honors, while the remaining six earned Third Team honors. The full list of NJCAA Academic All-Americans is listed here.
CCRI’s honorees are:
Brendaly N. Leon Silverio; Providence, RI; softball; 3.94
Libbania M. Reyes; Providence, RI; women's volleyball; 3.92
Dylan M. Durante; Johnston, RI; men’s basketball; 3.87
Emily Drainville; Rumford, RI; softball; 3.82
Alejandro Martinez; Cranston, RI; baseball; 3.79
Daniel V. Grzych; Providence, RI; men’s basketball; 3.76
Erika Ramirez; Providence, RI; women's soccer; 3.74
Alexis M. LeBelle; Warwick, RI; softball; 3.68
Christopher Casalino; Bristol, RI; baseball; 3.65
Haylie M. Wellman; Ashaway, RI; softball; 3.60
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Making the grade
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