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’Jacks’ Germann named Academic All-American
Germann, Morse selected to all-Region XX Academic Team

WYE MILLS, June 14 – The Skipjacks aren’t just succeeding on the field – they are also excelling in the classroom.

Chesapeake College softball player Sharon Germann has been selected for the National Junior College Athletic Association Academic All-American team. Both Germann and baseball player Ryan Morse were chosen for the NJCAA Region XX All-Academic Team.

Two Skipjacks have been academic all-Americans and five have been named to the Region XX All-Academic Team in the past two years.

Former men’s basketball player Cyril Djoukeng, the college’s John T. Harrison Award winner at last year’s commencement, was selected for a pair of 2004 academic all-American teams. Three Skipjacks – Djoukeng, baseball player Jed Vess, and soccer player Rachel Ewing – were honored as Region XX All-Academic Team members in 2004.

Frank Szymanski, the college’s athletic director and head baseball coach, said the latest academic honors for Chesapeake student athletes say a lot about both the individuals involved and the college.

"Sharon and R.J. (Morse) are conscientious student athletes – they work very hard to excel in both fields," said Szymanski. "We place a lot of emphasis on the importance of the work our student athletes produce in the classroom, and everyone at the college – faculty, staff, academic support staff – is committed to the academic success of all our students."

Germann, who has a 3.946 quality-point average as a Business Administration major, said she was "totally shocked" to learn she had been awarded Academic All-American status.

"Study and practice (softball), that’s all I did this spring," said Germann, who said she was initially "pretty nervous" about combining athletics with academics.

"I made academics my first priority," added Germann, who said the time management skills she learned as a freshman helped her when she decided to play softball as a sophomore. "If I hadn’t learned how to manage my time, I would have been in trouble."

Morse, a freshman, has aced every college course except for one – and that lone "B" came this spring when he combined 19 credit hours with 58 baseball games for the Region XX and Northeast District championship Skipjacks.

"It was a lot of hard work and a lot of late nights," said Morse, a computer graphics major with a 3.917 GPA who is looking at Virginia Tech and Cal Poly as potential transfer sites. "If you set your mind to something, you can usually do it."

Both Germann and Morse said they have been pleased with their decision to continue their academic and athletic careers at Chesapeake College.

"I think Chesapeake is a great college. It was a great step for me between high school and a four-year college," said the Millington resident.

"It’s been the perfect fit for me so far," said Morse, who is from Frederick. "I didn’t want to get lost at a larger university. This has allowed me to make a nice adjustment to college."

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