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     Eleven Community College of Beaver County student-athletes earned a place on the Spring 2016 Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) All-Academic Team. Ten women’s softball players and one men’s basketball player were regionally recognized for achieving honors or high honors in the classroom. To earn the honor award, student-athletes must achieve a 3.0 to 3.49 GPA. To earn the high honors award, student athletes must achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher.

     “Congratulations to all 11 of our student-athletes who made the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) All-Academic Team.  I am extremely proud of our student-athletes and the integrity they bring to the college both in the classroom and in their respective sports,” commented John Ashaolu, Director of Athletics and Student Programs. “Our mission is to educate and help our student-athletes grow and we are proud of their accomplishments.”

     For women’s softball, Shalisa Anderson, a criminal justice major from Beaver Falls, achieved honors; Emily Bilheimer, a nursing major from Midland, achieved high honors; Holly Klinsic, a culinary arts management major from Beaver, achieved high honors; Jamie Moore, an unmanned aerial vehicle major from Aliquippa, achieved high honors; Jessica Palak, a nursing major from Baden, achieved high honors; Sabrina Peroni, a nursing major from Beaver, achieved honors; Linsey Romigh, an environmental science major from Industry, achieved high honors; Shania Short, a specialized studies major from New Brighton, achieved high honors; Kelsey Velemirovich, a digital media design major from Rochester, achieved high honors; and Mia Williams, a communication major from Monaca, achieved high honors.

     For men’s basketball, Tony Gates, a liberal studies major from Monaca, achieved honors. 

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

     Out of the 11 CCBC student-athletes who are part of the Spring 2016 WPCC All-Athletic Team, three graduated from the College earlier this month, six are returning for the summer and/or fall terms, and one student is transferring to a four-year university.

     The Student Athlete Retention Program, a collaboration between CCBC’s Offices of Counseling, Academic Affairs, and the athletes, offers counseling services, workshops, mentors, Titan 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.

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From left to right

Top row: Kelsey Velemirovich, Mia Williams, Sabrina Peroni, and Shalisa Anderson

Middle row: Tony Gates and Shania Short

Bottom row: Emily Bilheimer, Jamie Moore, Jessica Palak, Holly Klinsic, and Linsey Romigh