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Raiders recognized for academic achievements

NJCAA Athletes of Distinction (from left): Tara Turner, Breanna White and Martin Kelly

Three Seminole State College of Florida student-athletes were named to the national all-academic team, and 19 others were recognized at the state or conference level for their work inside the classroom.

Softball player Tara Turner, women's golfer Breanna White and baseball player Martin Kelly have been named Athletes of Distinction by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Turner, a sophomore from Lake Mary, and White, a sophomore from Fort San, Saskatchewan, Canada, earned Superior Academic Achievement awards for finishing the 2010-11 academic year with a 3.8 GPA or higher. Kelly, a redshirt freshman from Pompton Plains, N.J., received an Exemplary Academic Achievement award for maintaining a 3.6 GPA or higher.

The students have also been named to the Florida College System Activities Association's (FCSAA) and the Mid-Florida Conference's (MFC) All-Academic teams.

Nineteen other Seminole State student-athletes also were recognized by the FCSAA and MFC for their academic accomplishments. They are:

Softball
  • Christy Baranet: MFC All-Academic
  • Ashley Cline: FCSAA and MFC All-Academic
  • Jordan Cook: MFC All-Academic
  • Jessica Gipson: MFC All-Academic
  • Lauren Miller: MFC All-Academic
  • Lindsey Nolan: FCSAA and MFC All-Academic
  • Coryn Novak: MFC All-Academic
  • Kayla Ramey: FCSAA and MFC All-Academic
  • Alexis Schlotter: FCSAA and MFC All-Academic
  • Kalee Tabor: MFC All-Academic
  • Lauren Vinson: FCSAA and MFC All-Academic
  • Carly Wolff: FCSAA and MFC All-Academic
Women's Golf
  • Kristin Galek: MFC All-Academic
  • Kalin Merkley: MFC All-Academic
  • Kiley Mettler: MFC All-Academic
  • Caitlin Winters: FCSAA and MFC All-Academic
Baseball
  • Todd Hankins: FCSAA and MFC All-Academic
  • Jacob Knott: MFC All-Academic
  • William Young: FCSAA and MFC All-Academic

To earn FCSAA All-Academic recognition, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. To earn MFC All-Academic recognition, they must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

NJCAA Athletes of Distinction must be of sophomore standing and have a minimum GPA of 3.6.

As a team, Seminole State softball finished the 2010-11 academic year with a 3.26 GPA, the 22nd highest GPA of any NJCAA softball program.

Seminole State competes in three NJCAA Division I sports: baseball, softball and women’s golf. For more information, please visit the Raider athletics home page.

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