Taylor Upchurch Named Academic All-American by the NJCAA
South Florida State College student athletes continue to set records for their work inside the classroom. Panther softball player Taylor Upchurch was named an Academic All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
“We are proud to recognize Taylor as an NJCAA Academic All-American this year,” said Rick Hitt, SFSC athletic director. “Taylor joins a list of outstanding student athletes who have achieved this national recognition over the years at SFSC. We congratulate her on her outstanding academic habits and thank the college’s first-class faculty and staff for their efforts in helping all of our students reach their full potential.”
Three distinctions are awarded to student athletes that are based on their cumulative grade point averages. The highest distinction, the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence, is for students with a 4.0 GPA or higher. The second distinction, the Award for Superior Academic Excellence, is for student athletes with a 3.8 – 4.0 GPA. The third distinction, the Exemplary Award for Academic Achievement, is for student athletes with a 3.6 – 3.8 GPA. The NJCAA Academic All-Americans must have sophomore standing.
Upchurch, a sophomore second base player from Lecanto, Fla., closed out the academic year with a 3.68 grade point average (GPA). She received NJCAA’s award for Exemplary Academic Achievement.
“South Florida State had 22 post-season academic awards this year which set a new record for our student athletes,” Hitt said. “Taylor leads that effort with her national recognition.”
The NJCAA is the national governing body for two-year college athletics in the United States and is the nation’s second-largest national intercollegiate sports organization.