’Jacks Connolly, Morse are Academic All-Americans
Softball, baseball players achieve highest NJCAA academic honors
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Two Chesapeake College student athletes softball player Katie Connolly and baseball player Ryan (R.J.) Morse have been selected for the 2006 NJCAA All-Academic Team.
The list, recently released by the NJCAA’s national office, included Connolly and Morse as Distinguished Academic All-Americans. That designation is the highest academic honor bestowed by the organization, for those students with 3.8 quality-point averages or higher.
This marks the third straight year the Skipjacks have had at least one student athlete named to the NJCAA Academic All-American squad. Cyril Djoukeng was a Distinguished Academic All-American in 2004, as was Sharon Germann in 2005.
Chesapeake is one of five Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference institutions to have multiple Academic All-Americans this year, and one of four to have multiple Distinguished Academic All-Americans.
"This is quite an honor, both for Katie and R.J. and for the college as a whole," said Chesapeake College Athletic Director Frank Szymanski. "We put tremendous emphasis on academic achievement, and we really celebrate what our student athletes are accomplishing in the classroom."
Morse is a two-time Region XX All-Academic team member while Connolly was selected for regional all-academic honors this year. Seven Skipjacks have made the Region XX All-Academic team in the past three years.
Connolly, a Queen Anne’s County High School graduate who was the fourth-leading hitter in Maryland JuCo this spring with a .526 batting average, finished her Chesapeake College career with a perfect 4.0 quality-point average. She plans to study Sports Management at the University of California in Pennsylvania.
Morse, who graduated from Catoctin High School in Frederick County, had a 3.88 quality-point average and finished his Skipjack baseball career with a 7-1 pitching record. He plans to attend the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the fall to pursue a computer graphics web design program.
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