SUNY NJCAA community college scholar-athletes honored

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State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced 77 recipients of the 2016-17 Scholar Athlete Award, which recognizes outstanding academic excellence and athletic achievement.

“It takes a tremendous amount of dedication and hard work to achieve such a high level of academic and athletic success,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

Chyanna Bernier

“Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s SUNY scholar athlete award, as well as the faculty, coaches, and staff across SUNY who support and inspire them to be the best.”

In order to be considered for this award, student athletes were nominated by their campus athletic director. Nominees’ academic credentials and athletic accomplishments were then reviewed by a panel of athletic directors from across the SUNY system and members of the SUNY provost’s office.

NJCAA community college winners include:

SUNY Broome Community College: Emily Gibson, Women’s Soccer.
Dutchess Community College: Olivia Malles, Women’s Basketball.
Fashion Institute of Technology: Nicole Druzhinsky, Women’s Tennis; and Myles Gala, Men’s Swimming & Diving.
Erie Community College: Michael Krause, Ice Hockey.
Genesee Community College: Rafael Godoi, Men’s Soccer; and Mackenzie Weber, Softball.
Herkimer County Community College: Chyanna Bernier, Women’s Cross Country; and Justin Harley, Men’s Basketball.
Mohawk Valley Community College: Austin Cady, Men’s Cross Country; and Michael Warchol, Men’s Track & Field.
Monroe Community College: Megan Mack, Women’s Swimming & Diving; and Charity Warner, Women’s Lacrosse.
Nassau Community College: Griffin Barnathan, Men’s Lacrosse; Jordan Franklin, Football; Sean Miller, Wrestling; Ross Moore, Men’s Golf; and Sabrina Phillippe, Women’s Track & Field.
Rockland Community College: Shannon Thomas, Volleyball.
Schenectady County Community College: Alex Alesio, Men’s Bowling.
Suffolk County Community College: Kaitlyn Binder, Women’s Bowling.

Four-year college winners can be found here.

SUNY offers athletic opportunities at all levels of competition, ranging from intramurals and club sports to nationally-ranked NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA or USCAA sports teams. Statewide, SUNY has more than 85 NCAA Division I, 290 NCAA Division III, and 385 NJCAA athletic teams, as well as hundreds of non-competitive athletics clubs.

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