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Pioneer Athletes Awarded National Academic Awards

Three Northland Community & Technical College Athletes were named with individual academic honors for the 2010-2011 sports season. In Menís Basketball Andrew Perry, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, was Awarded for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80 to 3.99). For Womenís Basketball and Softball Jodi Berdahl, of Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, was Awarded for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80 to 3.99). In Baseball Corey Schmitz, of Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, was Awarded for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80 to 3.99)

Northlandís Womenís Basketball Team was also Awarded among the top academic teams with an overall team GPA of 3.12.

Over 1,470 NJCAA student-athletes met the requirements for individual academic honors while over 370 teams qualified for academic team accolades.

The 2010-2011 season marks the 28th year the NJCAA has recognized the success of its student-athletes in the classroom. With minimal changes, the NJCAA academic awards program has been in place since 1983.

NOTE: The NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards were previously known as NJCAA Academic All-American honors. The NJCAA has renamed its academic awards program to the following:

--NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale)
--NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80 to 3.99 on a 4.00 scale)
--NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60 to 3.79 on a 4.00 scale)
Click here for the official criteria for NJCAA academic awards.
NJCAA The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is the governing body of two-year college athletics, offering endless athletic and academic opportunities to college students. It is the second largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the United States with over 500 member schools in 43 states. Each year over 50,000 student-athletes compete in one of 28 different sports and the organization sponsors 48 national championship events and nine football bowl games each year. For more visit www.njcaa.org.