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BCC Barons Receive NJCAA Academic Awards

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Five student athletes and two teams from Burlington County College (BCC) were recently named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Award winners.

Christine Caruso of Riverside, a guard on the Lady Barons basketball team, Shelby Schneeweis of Marlton, a forward on the women’s soccer team, and Sarah Tum Suden of Burlington, a defender on the women’s soccer team, received the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement. This award is given to student-athletes who achieved a GPA between 3.60 and 3.79 on a 4.00 scale.

Lisa Kosteleski of Cherry Hill, a pitcher and third baseman on the women’s softball team, and Melissa Rustemeyer of Colonia, a first baseman on the women’s softball team, achieved the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement, which is given to student-athletes with a GPA between 3.80 and 3.99. They were two of 592 student-athletes in the NJCAA to earn the Superior Academic Achievement honor.

The women’s soccer team and women’s basketball team were recognized as 2012-13 NJCAA All-Academic Teams. To qualify, teams needed an overall GPA above 3.0. Both teams also ended their seasons as Garden State Athletic Conference Champions. 

According to the NJCAA, more than 1,600 student-athletes met the requirements for individual academic honors and academic team accolades were earned by over 500 programs. The 2012-2013 season saw close to 60,000 student-athletes competing in the NJCAA across 3,500 teams in 28 different sports.

The 2012-2013 academic year marks the 30th consecutive season the NJCAA has recognized the success of its student-athletes in the classroom. With minimal changes, the NJCAA academic awards program has been in place since 1983.