, Port Arthur, Texas


July 3, 2014

NJCAA heralds Seahawk athletes for academics

PORT ARTHUR — The National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association named three Seahawks basketball and softball players “Athletes of Distinction” in their Academic Student-Athlete Awards for the 2013-2014 school year.

Additionally, the softball team finished among the top 30 NJCAA teams in its sport with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.27.

Ivan Jelencik, a Seahawks basketball player from Sibenik, Croatia, was saluted for “Superior Academic Achievement” with a grade-point average of 3.86. Softball players Catherine Bihm and Jordan Spivey were cited by NJCAA for “Exemplary Academic Achievement” with GPAs of 3.77 and 3.69, respectively.

Jelencik, who made the Spring 2014 President’s List with a 4.0 GPA for the semester, graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Arts degree in Academic Studies in May. He received a basketball scholarship to continue his studies at Oklahoma City University.

“We are very proud of Ivan's accomplishments in the classroom,” Seahawks Basketball Coach Lance Madison said. “He took advantage of all the resources that LSC-PA offers its students to be successful in college. His experience and accomplishments at LSC-PA will make it an easy transition to Oklahoma City University.”

Spivey, of Warren, was also on the President’s List with a 4.0 GPA for the Spring 2014 semester. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Associate of Arts degree in Academic Studies in May.

Bihm, of Nederland, also graduated Magna Cum Laude in May with an Associate of Arts degree in Academic Studies. She was on the Dean’s List for Spring 2014, meaning her semester GPA fell between 3.60 and 3.99.

One other softball player made the President’s List with a 4.0 GPA for Spring 2014 – freshman Ashley Bunner of Vidor. Three other players made the Dean’s List – Brooke Whitley, sophomore from Texas City;  Marci West, freshman from Anacoco, La.; and Kenady Magouirk, freshman from Baytown.

In all, 13 of 17 players on the softball team posted GPAs of 3.0 or higher in the spring.

“That’s a big deal for that many kids to have a GPA over 3.0,” Softball Coach Vance Edwards said. “Especially during the season, with all the travel, all the work we have to do, all the games we’re playing.

“That’s a pretty big honor for those kids.”

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