Student Athletes Break Academic Records for Fall

Well, all I can say is WOW, congratulations, and amazing.  Those words barely describe the outstanding academic achievement by our Parkland College athletic teams in the classroom this past fall.

I was already pleased by the Volleyball National Championship and four Midwest Athletic Conference titles, but the team GPAs are equally impressive.

All three groups (Men. Women, and overall) recorded all-time highs in overall grade point average, with all eight teams earning a GPA over 3.0!

  • Of 156 fall athletes, 109 (69.9%) earned a GPA over 3.0
  • 62  athletes (39.7%) achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • 23 athletes (14.7%) had perfect 4.0s!
Cobras Baseball
Cobras Baseball team

Congrats go to Women’s Basketball on winning the overall grade game, barely edging out Softball 3.584 to 3.567.  Baseball was the winner on the Men’s side with a 3.221.

I would like to congratulate the following on earning perfect 4.0s!

Women’s Basketball:   Payton Bieber (Clinton HS),  Megan Jackson (Lincoln HS), Taylor Jordan (Central A&M HS), and Lauren Moses (Shiloh HS).

Softball: Haley Ginger (Clinton HS), Morgan Harper (Floyd Central HS, IN), Sophie Catlin (Monticello HS),  Katie Kuska (Pontiac HS), Jessica Hammack (Mahomet-Seymour HS)

Women’s Soccer: Anna McHatton (Springfield HS), Terri Wendle (Jerseyville HS), Ellie McKenzie (England), Olivia McCafferty (Crown Point IN)

Baseball:  Sam Geraci (Illinois Lutheran HS),  Daniel Lloyd (Edwardsville HS), Braydon Bone (Effingham HS), Thomas Weber (Mt. Vernon HS)

Volleyball:  Kelly Lean (Australia), Kailey Kleinert (PBL HS), Laura Gross (Danville Schlarman HS), Jordan Deer (Fisher), Jaime Johnson (Centennial HS)

Men’s Soccer:  Aidan Reilly (Centennial HS)

Cobras Volleyball team
Cobras Volleyball team

Congratulations to all of you athletes, coaches, support personnel etc., who helped make this happen!

[Rod Lovett is Parkland College’s athletic director.]

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