PBA Places 37 on D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards List

Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) announced the 2015-16 recipients of the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards, which included 37 Palm Beach Atlantic student-athletes. The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level.

A total of 156 institutions and a record number of student-athletes (8,072) are being recognized for the 2015-16 Academic Achievement Awards. For the fourth-straight year, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) had the most student-athletes honored with 846, followed by the Northeast-10 Conference with 842 student-athletes being provided with this award.

"The number of student-athletes that are recognized for their academic achievements continues to grow each year. I am so pleased the D2 ADA membership participates annually in this important initiative that showcases the academic efforts of our extremely talented student-athletes," stated D2 ADA President Pennie Parker, director of athletics at Rollins College. In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division II institution must be a current dues paying member of the D2 ADA.

Also, the student-athlete must:

  • have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work
  • have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year

The PBA student-athletes recognized include:
Andrew Calderone – Baseball
David Paul – Baseball
Kevin Fry – Baseball
Eddie Vicinanza – Baseball
Taylor Buchanan – Women’s Basketball
Natalie Wood – Women’s Basketball
Alyssa Hearing – Women’s Cross Country
Faith Russell – Women’s Cross Country
Katherine Wise – Women’s Cross Country
Ben Murray – Men’s Golf
Andrew Peterson – Men’s Golf
Michael O’Sullivan – Men’s Golf
Michelle Turner – Women’s Golf
Karina White – Women’s Soccer
Bridget Wollrabe – Women’s Soccer
Carson Mitchell – Women’s Soccer
Elizabeth Gonzalez – Women’s Soccer
Kasey Wyer – Women’s Soccer
Stephanie D’Cruz – Women’s Soccer
Allie Bittelman – Women’s Soccer
Alexis Sanquist – Women’s Soccer
Theresa Butler – Softball
Amber Johnson – Softball
Brianna Skipper – Softball
Victoria Boyer – Softball
Karina Langer – Softball
Kayla Knight – Softball
Shelby Wood – Softball
Lauren Alberti – Volleyball
Emma Ballantyne – Volleyball
Katie Ballantyne – Volleyball
Stephany Brown – Volleyball
Rachael Holehouse – Volleyball
Abby Palkert – Volleyball
Faith Rohn – Volleyball
Amy Schatzmann - Volleyball

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