GRCC student-athletes receive NJCAA, MCCAA academic honors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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July 18, 2016 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The release of the NJCAA and MCCAA academic achievement lists proves that Grand Rapids Community College's student-athletes hit the books as hard as they hit the field, fairway and court.


The National Junior College Athletic Association recognized two GRCC students --baseball player Jordan Stephens, of Lakeview, and cross country runner Kirk Dickson, of Rockford -- with its Award for Superior Academic Achievement for GPAs of 3.6 and higher. Baseball player Bradley Buurstra, of Grand Rapids, was honored with an Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement. 

More than 20 GRCC student-athletes received recognition for their academic achievements, said athletic director Orletta Caldwell.

"Each of these students made the sacrifice to give their all in the classroom and playing field," she said. "Each student-athlete is required to take a minimum of 12 credits per semester and spend four hours weekly in a study lab on campus. This is in addition to practices, games and often working part-time! I am in awe and gratified to see them achieve their goals."

The Michigan Community College Athletic Association recognized 13 GRCC students -- including Stephens, Dickson and Buurstra -- with All Conference Honors. The other students receiving this honor, for GPAs of 3.2 and higher, are:
 

  • Sterling Brinker, of Grant -- baseball.
  • Nate Brownlee, of East Leroy -- golf.
  • Janie Bunge, of Ottawa Lake -- volleyball.
  • Taylor Cross, of Hastings -- basketball.
  • Kolin Groom, of Grand Rapids -- baseball.
  • Shane Odzark, of Grand Rapids -- baseball.
  • Kristen Schubring, of Grand Rapids -- volleyball and basketball.
  • Jackson Shaver, of Grand Rapids -- baseball.
  • Ciara Sundermann, of Pleasant Lake -- basketball.
  • Lauren Wieber, of Grand Rapids -- volleyball.


GRCC students named to the All MCCAA list, for those with GPAs of 3.0 and higher, are:

  • Sterling Brinker, of Grant -- baseball.
  • Nate Brownlee, of East Leroy -- golf.
  • Janie Bunge, of Ottawa Lake -- volleyball.
  • Bradley Buurstra, of Grand Rapids -- baseball.
  • Devin Capron, of Cedar Springs -- golf.
  • Valerie Cassell, of Grand Rapids -- basketball.
  • Regan Cross, of Ada -- basketball.
  • Kirk Dickson, of Rockford -- cross country.
  • Kelsie Fischer, of Grand Rapids -- volleyball.
  • Alicia Geene, of Grand Rapids -- cross country.
  • Jordan Mattson, of Wyoming -- golf.
  • Shane Odzark, of Grand Rapids -- baseball.
  • Renay Palmer, of Grandville -- basketball.
  • Trevor Russo, of Grand Rapids -- baseball.
  • Kristen Schubring, of Grand Rapids -- volleyball and basketball.
  • Brett Slayton, of Holland -- cross country.
  • Jordan Stephens, of Lakeview -- baseball.
  • Ciara Sundermann, of Pleasant Lake -- basketball.
  • Lauren Wieber, of Grand Rapids -- volleyball.

     

GRCC strives to keep all its student-athletes NCAA Division I qualified, which means making sure they graduate with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, Caldwell said. 

"Our goal is to provide the academic resources to work alongside our student-athletes to not only win championships but transfer to a four-year college or university and earn their bachelor's degree," she said.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.