On the night of May second Pratt Community College held their annual student achievement awards. Several of the Beaver student athletes were awarded for their accomplishments over the past year in the classroom and on their fields of play.
Juliana Alarcon-Diaz received several awards for her contributions to the PCC community off of the basketball court. Alarcon-Diaz was awarded by the PCC Club International as the outstanding international student. She was also awarded for her role this past year as a residence assistant in the residence life department.
Alarcon-Diaz was not the only student athlete awarded by residence life. Student athletes made up 16 of the 22 residence assistants in the dorms at PCC. Each residence assistant was awarded for their contributions in the residence halls and at events sponsored by residence life throughout the 2017-18 school year.
Sophomore volleyball player Kwanza Jones was recognized for her contributions to PCC performing arts. For her two years of work for performing arts, Jones was recognized as an awesome sophomore with the rest of the performing arts students.
The second half of the awards ceremony was dedicated to PCC athletics and the student athletes who made an impact in their sport.
The fall sports had several athletes recognized for their performances on the field in 2017. For men's soccer Aaron Grant was selected as the defensive player of the year as well as the most valuable player for PCC men's soccer. This past season Grant had two goals and two assists with six points. Offensive player of the year was Francesco D'Auliero. D'Auliero ended his season for the Blue and White with three goals, two assists and seven points. Both D'Auliero and Grant were selected to the first team KJCCC this season for their contributions to Pratt men's soccer.
On the women's side, Mattison Futhey was selected as defensive player of the year for PCC women's soccer. The offensive player of the year was Avery Villines. Villines ended the season with eight points, four assists and two goals for the Beavers. She was selected to the second team all-conference in the KJCCC.
In cross country, Aminata Kenyawani was the female runner of the year and Xavier Ortiz was male runner of the year. Kenyawani qualified for the NJCAA cross country national meet and set the school record for the female half marathon. Ortiz also qualified and competed in the NJCAA cross country national meet.
Rounding out the fall sports was volleyball. Lexi Schamberger received the most valuable player award. The leadership award was given to Gabrielle Ediger. Most improved was Jordan Jones.
PCC cheer awarded the outstanding cheerleader of the year to Carly Tomlin. Tomlin will move on from PCC to cheer for McPherson College.
Channa Parvin was selected as the leading field goal percentage player for women's basketball. Parvin was selected as a KJCCC all-conference honorable mention shooting 32 percent from the field, 34 percent from three-point range, and 76 percent from the free throw line. She also scored 193 points with 62 rebounds, 38 assists and 15 steals. Tianna Tullis won the top rebounder award with 127 rebounds and 151 points. Most improved player was Anna Wesley.
For men's basketball, the most valuable player was James Brooks. Brooks ended the season with 401 points and 192 rebounds. He was selected as the KJCCC player of the week for week 10. The outstanding human award was given to Jaylon Wilson. Wilson was selected as a KJCCC all-conference honorable mention scoring 443 points and 117 rebounds for the Blue and White this season. Asem Johnson received the most improved award.
PCC wrestling selected Dalton Hensley as the freshman of the year. The leadership award was given to Nickolas Lucas. Lucas was an NJCAA national qualifier at 165. He was selected to the second team KJCCC with a record of 15-4 with 10 pins and two tech falls. Brayan Balderamma received the most improved award. Due to injury, Balderamma went from a freshmen who was going to be redshirted to a national qualifier at 125 lbs. class.
Ashton Roy received the hitter of the year award for baseball. Roy batted .360 with 48 RBIs, 40 runs and 10 home runs. Pitcher of the year was Sean McElwee. McElwee had 12 appearances and 10 starts for the Beavers this season. He threw 49 strikeouts this season. The baseball leadership award was given to Trace Maddux.
In softball, defensive player of the year was Taylor Schuller. Schuller batted .298 with 21 runs, 13 RBIs and two home runs this season. She also had 95 put outs and 24 assists in the field. Marisa Jonas was selected as the offensive player of the year. Jonas hit .380 with 30 runs and 30 RBIs with 8 home runs. The most valuable softball player from this season was a tie between Jonas and Schuller.
Track and field had several athletes who were awarded for their accomplishments this season. Most improved male athlete was Juvens Pierre. Jevony Murray was awarded as the male freshmen of the year. The most valuable male athlete for track and field was Dorson St. Phard. On the women's side, Feja Hodges was selected as the most improved female athlete. Freshmen of the year was Madeline Jacobsen. The most valuable female athlete was split between Jacobsen and Anysia Romain.
Several students may not have performed on the field, but their efforts in athletic training helped keep their classmates playing or improving to return to the field of play. The student trainers of the year were Brinklee Reed and Marissa Dedrick.
The PCC male student athlete of the year was James Brooks and the female student athlete of the year was Marisa Jonas.
Congratulations to PCC student athletes for their achievements over the past year.