Jackson, Miss. - Northeast Mississippi Community College's athletic department continues to set higher standards in the scholastic realm after breaking a school record for the second consecutive year.
Forty student-athletes representing seven of Northeast's sports programs were honored with Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Academic All-State distinction.
It is the most MACJC Academic All-State selections in school history. Northeast set another record one year ago with 20 total players securing National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Student-Athlete Awards.
"I personally would like to congratulate this group of young men and women," said Northeast athletic director Kent Farris. "We are very excited about the outstanding number of student-athletes that received recognition. It is a reflection of the hard work that they put forth in the classroom."
The MACJC annually acknowledges individuals from each of its 15 member institutions. It is the third straight year in which Northeast had over 20 athletes tabbed as Academic All-State.
Freshmen and sophomores are eligible for scholastic accolades from the MACJC by taking a minimum of 24 cumulative hours. Student-athletes with a grade point average (GPA) between 3.25 and 3.79 earn Academic All-State status while those with a 3.8 GPA or higher garner Distinguished Academic All-State laurels.
The most individual honorees came from the baseball team for a second consecutive year. Fourteen different Tigers captured these prizes while four accumulated perfect 4.0 GPAs.
The softball squad, which has been named an All-Academic Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) for three straight seasons, had the second most players decorated with nine.
Over 50 percent of the softball roster was commended for their intellectual prowess. Baseball and women's basketball also came within five percentage points of reaching the 50 percent mark as well.
The following is the list in alphabetical order with sport, GPA and high school of the Northeast student-athletes that were recognized as either MACJC Distinguished Academic All-State or MACJC Academic All-State.
|Student-Athlete||Sport||Award||Grade Point Average||High School|
|Darrion Abston||Football||Academic All-State||3.58||Olive Branch|
|Lexi Brazeal||Softball||Academic All-State||3.55||Saltillo|
|Bo Canton||Football||Academic All-State||3.75||Hernando|
|Tucker Childers||Baseball||Academic All-State||3.73||Ripley|
|Colt Chrestman||Baseball||Academic All-State||3.57||Starkville Academy|
|Hannah Cox||Softball||Distinguished Academic All-State||3.89||South Lamar (Ala.)|
|Keawvis Cummings||Football||Academic All-State||3.39||Shannon|
|Madison Davis||Softball||Distinguished Academic All-State||3.9||Booneville|
|Kris Devers||Softball||Academic All-State||3.33||Kossuth|
|Alex Floyd||Golf||Distinguished Academic All-State||3.8||Booneville|
|Caleb Griffin||Baseball||Distinguished Academic All-State||4.0||Starkville Academy|
|Parker Haberstroh||Baseball||Academic All-State||3.5||Center Hill|
|Ryan Holland||Baseball||Distinguished Academic All-State||4.0||Lafayette County|
|Abby Hollowell||Women's Tennis||Academic All-State||3.41||Alcorn Central|
|Alivia Hughes||Women's Basketball||Academic All-State||3.26||Clinton|
|Joy Johnson||Women's Basketball||Academic All-State||3.52||Muscle Shoals (Ala.)|
|Victoria Jones||Softball||Academic All-State||3.43||Hernando|
|Kylee Jordan||Softball||Academic All-State||3.4||Hernando|
|Kris Kent||Football||Academic All-State||3.39||Eupora|
|Kendrick Lofton||Football||Academic All-State||3.44||Forest|
|Marley Long||Women's Basketball||Academic All-State||3.32||West Union|
|Max Ludka||Baseball||Academic All-State||3.62||Traverse City West (Mich.)|
|Janay Maxwell||Softball||Academic All-State||3.78||North Pike|
|Eli Murphree||Baseball||Distinguished Academic All-State||4.0||Lafayette County|
|John Murphree||Baseball||Academic All-State||3.61||Lafayette County|
|Jon David Poss||Baseball||Academic All-State||3.35||Amory|
|Jacob Price||Men's Tennis||Academic All-State||3.4||Alcorn Central|
|Denver Russell||Golf||Academic All-State||3.55||Pontotoc|
|Isaac Sparks||Baseball||Distinguished Academic All-State||3.8||Belmont|
|Josh Stillman||Baseball||Distinguished Academic All-State||4.0||New Hope|
|Hunter Swindle||Baseball||Academic All-State||3.53||Kossuth|
|Sara Talley||Women's Tennis||Academic All-State||3.71||Kossuth|
|Caleb Todd||Baseball||Academic All-State||3.75||North Pontotoc|
|Jada Tubbs||Women's Basketball||Academic All-State||3.27||Biggersville|
|Tyra Tucker||Women's Basketball||Distinguished Academic All-State||3.83||Calhoun City|
|Ken Waddell||Golf||Academic All-State||3.72||Belmont|
|Molly Walden||Softball||Distinguished Academic All-State||4.0||New Site|
|Ryan Watts||Baseball||Academic All-State||3.56||Pontotoc|
|Brenden Williams||Football||Academic All-State||3.32||Restoration Academy (Ala.)|
|Shaquera Wilson||Softball||Academic All-State||3.58||Columbus