Student-athletes appear on NJCAA All-Academic

The 2019-20 All-Academic Student-Athlete Awards were announced Friday by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). 15 Cochise College student-athletes appeared on the All-Academic list and were honored.

Patrick Samoura and Milan Szabo from the Czech Republic are forwards for the men’s basketball team. Both were selected among 2,427 student-athletes who met the standard for Superior Academic Achievement, awarded to those with a 4.0 GPA.

“We are very proud of all of our student-athletes,” said men’s basketball head coach Jerry Carrillo. “It’s a great tribute to their hard work and our programs. These (men’s basketball) student-athletes  did so well in the classroom while winning a second straight ACCAC Championship during a global pandemic and despite having to depart campus.”

NJCAA All-Academic First Team: 4.00 GPA

Patrick Samoura Cochise College Basketball (Men) Freshman

Milan Szabo Cochise College Basketball (Men) Sophomore

NJCAA All-Academic Second Team: 3.80-3.99 GPA

Zaylan Aleman Cochise College Baseball Sophomore

Rebecca Leveque Cochise College Basketball (Women) Freshman

Rafaela Oliveira de Silva Cochise College Soccer (Women) Freshman

Sharon Preci Cochise College Basketball (Women) Freshman

Taylor Salazar Cochise College Basketball (Women) Freshman

Steven Saunders Cochise College Baseball Sophomore

Starr Walker Cochise College Basketball (Women) Freshman

NJCAA All-Academic Third Team: 3.60-3.79 GPA

Brianna Guzman Cochise College Soccer (Women) Freshman

Arion Lewis Cochise College Basketball (Men) Freshman

Kyle Morrison Cochise College Baseball Sophomore

Nikaya Orange Cochise College Basketball (Women) Freshman

Ismail Pontiac Cochise College Baseball Freshman

Joseph Sinclair Cochise College Baseball Freshman

To view a full list of all student-athlete award winners, visit: NJCAA All-Academic Awards.

“Congratulations to the 15 student-athletes that earned NJCAA All-Academic Team. These awards show excellence in the classroom and their respective sports,” said Dr. Bo Hall, athletic director. “We are honored to have individuals, teams and programs that continue to reach, the highest standards in the classroom and it is a testament to their hard work and dedication.”