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Four Atlantic Cape Student-Athletes Earn NJCAA Academic Awards

June 19, 2013

Atlantic Cape Community College student-athletes Abdul Abubakar of Egg Harbor Township, Danielle Kebert of North Cape May, Kerry Player of Woodbine and Sarah Street of Egg Harbor City, have received national academic awards by the National Junior College Athletic Association for their exemplary achievement during the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • Abubakar, 22, plays defense on the men’s soccer team. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA, and received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence.
  • Kebert, 20, plays first base on the softball team. She has earned a 4.0 GPA, and is the recipient of the Leadership Award, Academic Award, and ranked fifth in the region in batting average.
  • Player, 20, is a center on the women’s basketball team and an outside hitter on the volleyball team. She earned a 3.6 GPA. From 2011-2013, she led the nation in blocked shots, scored 671 points and 588 rebounds and earned positions on the first and second All-Region and All-Conference teams.
  • Street, 21, is a guard on the women’s basketball team and a setter on the volleyball team. She earned a 3.94 GPA, and was named a “Woman of the Year” by the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports. Street also earned a spot on the second team All-Conference and the second team All-Region teams.

“This is the highest award for a junior college student-athlete. I’m happy to see recognition of their academic success, which is a reflection of the effort and skill they put into everything they do,” said Mike Rennick, assistant director of athletics at Atlantic Cape. 

Atlantic Cape’s softball team was recognized by the NJCAA as an Academic Team of the Year, where the team earned higher than a 3.0 GPA.

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 GPA on a 4.00 scale); and NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60 to 3.79 GPA on a 4.00 scale).