NJCAA Names All-Academic Team

NJCAA Names All-Academic Team

ANNANDALE – Five Northern Virginia Community College student-athletes were selected to the NJCAA All-Academic Team Tuesday.

The NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards program has annually recognized the academic success of the association's student-athletes since the program's inception in 1983.

To be eligible for the for this honor, student-athletes must have accumulated at least 45 semester credit hours or 60 quarter credit hours with a minimum of a 3.60 grade-point average.

Kmaljeet Athlwal was NOVA’s top GPA earner, as she garnered a second team selection after finishing her freshman year with a GPA between 3.80 and 3.99. The Leesburg, native also broke two Nighthawk cross country records in her first year, and nearly became the first runner in school history to finish a 5k in under 20 minutes.

Berith Austin also from the cross country squad picked up a third team honor, as she closed out her freshman season with a GPA between 3.60 and 3.79.

Two NOVA soccer student-athletes were named to the All-Academic roster, as Andrew Bailey and Scott Fisher earned a third team nod. Lana Zjajo from the women’s basketball team also earned a third team honor to round out the academic honors.

“These young men and women are the example of what hard work does for you in the classroom,” said Director of Athletics Steve Mrowka. “Every student-athlete on the All-Academic Team deserves to be recognized.” 

Over the last three years 17 Nighthawk student-athletes have been named to the NJCAA’s All-Academic Team.