Camille Benito and Brianna Parker Named PBA Outstanding Graduates
May 1, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Sailfish softball program had two of its players honored for their strong academic work this week as seniors Camille Benito and Brianna Parker were among nine Palm Beach Atlantic University students who were selected as outstanding graduates of their respective schools. Benito earned the honor from the School of Education and Behavioral Studies while Parker was selected from the School of Nursing.
The outstanding graduates will receive special recognition during spring commencement on May 10.
Balancing student life can be a challenge for anyone but when you couple the academic excellence displayed by students like Benito and Parker along with their roles on the softball team and you can come away even more impressed.
“The last four years have been a blessing to have both Camille and Brianna on the PBA softball team,” said head coach Kimmy Bloemers. “As a college athlete there are many responsibilities and they have been able to handle it all.”
“I am so proud of their achievements, their leadership on the softball field, their Godly example to their teammates and for receiving the top graduate award in their respective schools,” continued Bloemers. “I am really excited to see what the Lord has in store for them in their future.”
A Miami, Florida native and a graduate of Westminster Christian School, Benito is majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish while serving as the Sailfish starting first-baseman the past three years. Her good work on the field and in the classroom has led her to being a team leader as she has overseen bible studies within the team and served as a peer mentor.
Benito’s professors said she was chosen as the outstanding graduate of the psychology department and of the School of Education and Behavioral Studies because of her consistent work ethic and her desire to be an active learner. She is a pleasure to have in the classroom and can always be counted on to have both a smile and an answer to a question, her professors said. After graduation she will be attending Nova Southeastern University to pursue a doctorate in psychology. Her goal is to have a private practice counseling children and adolescents in South Florida.
Parker came to PBA from nearby Jensen Beach, Florida and Jensen Beach High School. Her four years with the Sailfish softball program have seen her be an active leader in the team’s frequent community service efforts while playing as a middle infielder and pitcher.
She has been active in the Nursing Student Association and Nurses Children Fellowship while assisting with team projects such as Christ Fellowship’s Thanksgiving Outreach, Quantum House, the Gary Carter Foundation and S.N.A.P.P. that helps autistic children participating in sports.
Parker has also volunteered her time as an assistant coach for the Lightspeed Gold 14U softball team while being involved with the PBA softball team’s missions trip to Nicaragua.
Other PBA student-athletes to be honored for their academic careers include women’s tennis player Jessica Wharton who was named as the Outstanding Graduate for Public Relations in the School of Communications while former baseball player, Michael Lyon was named the Outstanding Graduate for Finance in the Rinker School of Business.