August 2, 2012

Owens Community College Student-Athletes Receive NJCAA Academic Award Honors

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Five Owens Community College student-athletes have been selected to receive 2011-12 Academic Student-Athlete Award honors by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom and on the athletic playing field.

Sean Kaighin of Oregon (men’s soccer), Chris Ward of Brunswick (men’s baseball), Kasey Graham of Oregon (women’s softball), Conor Totzke of Liberty Center (men’s golf) and Hallie Thompson of Oregon (women’s softball) were named NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award recipients.

“Owens Community College is extremely proud of our student-athletes and honored to recognize them for their success as scholars within the classroom,” said Rudy Yovich, Owens Director of Athletics.

Honored Express student-athletes are Kaighin, an NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement recipient with a 3.91 grade point average (adolescence education) (2 goals and 1 assist for the season) (Clay H.S. graduate); Ward, an NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement recipient with a 3.75 grade point average (accounting) (2-3 record and 3.95 earned run average for the season) (Brunswick H.S. graduate); Graham, an NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement recipient with a 3.73 grade point average (multi-age education) (13-1 record and 2.12 earned run average for the season) (Clay H.S. graduate); Totzke, an NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement recipient with a 3.65 grade point average (pre-business administration) (80.5 scoring average for the season) (Liberty Center H.S. graduate), and Thompson, an NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement recipient with a 3.62 grade point average (early childhood education) (.349 batting average, 6 triples and 21 RBIs for the season) (Clay H.S. graduate).

Selection criterion for the honored recipients is based upon achieving between 3.60-3.79 grade point average for NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement honors, 3.80-3.99 grade point average for NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement honors and a 4.0 grade point average for NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence honors.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.

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