Student athletes at Pratt Community College are constantly in competition, whether that be in the field, on the court, or in the classroom. The NJCAA has recognized that competitive spirit with the announcement of the 2016-17 academic teams of the year.
When the selection was announced, PCC wrestling was selected as the academic team of the year in their sport.
"It's not an "or" preposition. It's an "and" preposition," said PCC wrestling Coach Ken Kepley. "We can win in wrestling and we can prepare ourselves academically as well as anybody in the country."
The Blue and White combined for a 3.23 GPA. In what has become a tradition, this year's award is the sixth consecutive time that PCC wrestling has taken home this honor.
"We have received this award the past six years, but I have to say that this was a team effort," Kepley said. "From student success, the PASS program, our tutors who put in the extra time, the faculty and academic advisors, and the support of the administration and the Pratt community. They are equally responsible for this award as this wrestling program is. We are grateful to be a part of this family."
Teams must combine for at least a 3.0 GPA in order to be considered by the NJCAA for the academic team of the year. It was a record year for the NJCAA with 740 teams qualifying for nomination. Alongside wrestling, PCC softball, baseball, men's basketball, and volleyball qualified for nomination for NJCAA academic team of the year. Overall, 32 PCC student athletes received NJCAA All-Academic awards for having a 3.6 GPA or greater.
Congratulations to PCC wrestling for the honor of academic team of the year and to the other nominees for the Blue and White.
For more information on the NJCAA academic teams of the year visit http://www.njcaa.org/genrel/2016-17/releases/07-10-17_Academic_Teams_of_the_Year
For more information of the NJCAA All-Academic Teams visit