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Ten Athletes Receive National All-Academic Team Honors

Posted July 18, 2022 at 8:41 am

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) recently announced the 2021-2022 All-Academic Teams, recognizing student-athletes across the country for their dedication in the classroom. Congratulations to the 10 Black Bear student-athletes who made these teams and have been recognized for their achievements in the classroom.

The NJCAA All-Academic Teams are broken down into three tiers: First Team is a 4.0 GPA, Second Team is a 3.80-3.99 GPA, and Third Team is a 3.60-3.79 GPA.

First Team All-Academic Team honorees included:

  • Emily Bittner, of Boswell (women’s volleyball),
  • Karli Hanik, of Windber (women’s softball),
  • Amber Mangus, of Johnstown (women’s softball),
  • Madison Wirfel, of Munster (women’s softball).

Second Team All-Academic Team honorees included:

  • Dylan Napora, of Windber (men’s basketball)
  • Sydney Sheredy, of Northern Cambria (women’s softball)

Third Team All-Academic Team honorees included:

  • Ethan Barkley, of Berkley Springs, WV (men’s basketball)
  • Maciah Holsopple, of Hollsopple (women’s softball and volleyball)
  • Bryce Huss, of Richland (men’s basketball)
  • Katie Peters, of Robinson (women’s softball)

“I couldn’t be prouder of these individuals and their accomplishments,” stated Sue Brugh, Director of Student Activities and Athletics. “At Penn Highlands, our foundation is built around accomplishing academic goals first and foremost. These student-athletes define what it means to be a Black Bear.”

Pennsylvania Highlands is a chartered National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) member college, competing in Region 20. It is the mission of the NJCAA to foster a national program of athletic participation in an environment that supports equitable opportunities consistent with the educational objectives of member colleges. Their goal is to promote and foster two-year college athletics.

The Black Bears are a part of the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC). The WPCC was founded in 1972 and currently consists of 10 member institutions.