Four Alfred State student-athletes were honored by the NJCAA for their excellence in the classroom. Thomas Anderson (Sodus) and Amanda Bush (Altoona, PA) earned the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement while Joe Markel (Arkport) and Zinta Rutins (Silver Spring, MD) earned the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement.
Anderson, who competed on the cross country team the past two years, holds a 3.91 GPA in the mechanical engineering program. Bush, a two-year starter on the volleyball team, earned a 3.84 GPA in Veterinary Technology. Earlier in the year, Anderson and Bush were named the recipients of the Alfred State Academic Awards.
Markel was a standard piece in the men's soccer defense the past two years. He earned NJCAA honors for earning a 3.76 GPA. Rutins ran on the cross country team the past two seasons and earned a GPA of 3.71.
The quartet of Pioneers were included in 1,680 student-athletes that met the NJCAA requirements for the academic awards. During the 2011-12 academic year nearly 60,000 student-athletes competed on over 3,500 NJCAA teams in 28 sports