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     Five Community College of Beaver County student-athletes were recognized recently by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for achieving a 3.5 GPA or higher in the classroom.  The five student-athletes received regional and national honors as part of the NJCAA Region XX Academic Team and the national NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Team.

     “Congratulations to all of these outstanding student-athletes.  The recognition speaks to their character and work ethic that they are able to maintain a level of excellence in the classroom while competing as a college athlete.  I am ecstatic they were recognized regionally as well as nationally for their accomplishments in the classroom,” commented John Ashaolu, Director of Athletics and Student Programs. 

     Student-athletes who received the NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award include Holly Klinsic of Beaver, for women’s softball, who achieved the exemplary award for earning a 3.60-3.79 GPA; Jessica Palak of Baden, for women’s softball and volleyball, who achieved the superior award for earning a 3.80-3.99 GPA; Mia Williams of Monaca, for women’s softball, who achieved the exemplary award for earning a 3.60-3.79 GPA; and Shania Short of New Brighton, for women’s softball and volleyball, who achieved the highest award, the pinnacle, for earning a 4.0 GPA. Shania earned a 4.0 in both the fall 2015 and spring 2016 terms at CCBC and will be attending Slippery Rock University in the fall. 

     Student-athletes who comprise the NJCAA Region XX All-Academic Team include Holly Klinsic of Beaver, women’s softball; Jessica Palak of Baden, women’s volleyball and softball; Shania Short of New Brighton, women’s volleyball and softball; Kelsey Velemirovich of Rochester, women’s softball; and Mia Williams of Monaca, women’s softball. In order to achieve this honor, the student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher and have completed a minimum of 36 credit hours of college coursework. 

     “Our students, coaches, faculty and administration recognize that the student-athletes' academic success is the primary reason they are attending CCBC. Our goals are to continue to build on this level of achievement and help our student-athletes transition to four-year schools to further their education,” added Ashaolu. 

     CCBC’s Student Athlete Retention Program offers counseling services, workshops, mentors, tutors, student educational plans, and progress report monitoring.  Through the program, student-athletes are recognized for their academic achievements in addition to successes on the field or court.

     CCBC’s women’s volleyball team is currently recruiting players to start in fall 2016. Any interested volleyball players can contact Coach Ron Voitus at 724-480-3563 or

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Jessica Palak, Mia Williams, Kelsey Velemirovich, Holly Klinsic, and Shania Short