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Heartland student athletes hit new mark for academic performance

June 4, 2020

The Heartland Hawks athletics teams have for the second year in a row set a new high point for academic performance.  

With a cumulative GPA of 3.03 for the 2019-2020 academic year, Heartland’s student athletes have posted the highest marks in the program’s history. This tops the previous mark of 3.02 Hawks athletes posted in the 2018-2019 academic year.

The continued academic success of student athletes reflects the College’s commitment to student success. This year Heartland opened the Student Athlete Academic Support Center (SAASC), administered by Rachel Cook, Director of Advisement and Mary Frahm, Head Volleyball Coach and Coordinator of the SAASC.

“I am so impressed with this group of student-athletes,” said Cook. “This semester was particularly hard on everyone and many of them had never taken an online class. To face that adversity and still end with the highest Athletics department GPA ever is an amazing accomplishment.”

Twenty-nine athletes made the Academic All-Conference team with two full-time semesters with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Fourteen athletes were named to the NJCAA 1st Team All-Academics with a 4.0 GPA. The most NJCAA 1st Team members in school history.

“This is a great example how cocurricular activities, and specifically athletics, can build and display resilience,” said Ryan Knox. “Many of these student athletes felt the disappointment of having a promising season come to an early end due to measures taken to contain the pandemic. I’m so proud of our student athletes, who kept working hard in their classes and reached these academic achievements.”

Heartland Hawks athletics teams have for the second year in a row set a new high point for academic performance.  

With a cumulative GPA of 3.03 for the 2019-2020 academic year, Heartland’s student athletes have posted the highest marks in the program’s history. This tops the previous mark of 3.02 Hawks athletes posted in the 2018-2019 academic year.

The continued academic success of student athletes reflects the College’s commitment to student success. This year Heartland opened the Student Athlete Academic Support Center (SAASC), administered by Rachel Cook, Director of Advisement and Mary Frahm, Head Volleyball Coach and Coordinator of the SAASC.

“I am so impressed with this group of student-athletes,” said Cook. “This semester was particularly hard on everyone and many of them had never taken an online class. To face that adversity and still end with the highest Athletics department GPA ever is an amazing accomplishment.”

Twenty-nine athletes made the Academic All-Conference team with two full-time semesters with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Fourteen athletes were named to the NJCAA 1st Team with a 4.0 GPA. The most NJCAA 1st Team members in school history.

“This is a great example how cocurricular activities, and specifically athletics, can build and display resilience,” said Ryan Knox. “Many of these student athletes felt the disappointment of having a promising season come to an early end due to measures taken to contain the pandemic. I’m so proud of our student athletes, who kept working hard in their classes and reached these academic achievements.”

Written by: Steve Fast