Harrison earns NJCAA academic honors
06.25.2014 | By Amanda L. Booren
PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College sophomore volleyball student-athlete Keili Harrison has earned the Superior Academic Achievement award from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Harrison, a 5-9 setter from Columbus, Texas (Columbus HS), maintained a 3.81 GPA in 2013 to earn the national recognition. Superior Academic Achievement is awarded to NJCAA student-athletes that maintain a 3.80 – 3.99 GPA on a 4.00 scale.
“I am very proud of Keili,” said Head Coach Sharon Nelson, who will enter her 13th year at the helm of the San Jacinto College volleyball program this Fall. “It is not always easy to balance a competitive schedule and academic rigor, but Keili has done that. She exemplifies all of the positive attributes of a successful student-athlete, and is deserving of this recognition.”
Harrison is headed to national powerhouse Baylor University next season. She averaged 6.74 assists per set in 2013, and was fourth on the squad in digs with 186 overall. She was a second-team All-conference selection. As a freshman, Harrison averaged 4.81 assists and 1.28 digs per set.
San Jacinto College finished the 2013 regular season ranked 13th in the country with a 22-10 overall record, and five players earned All-conference honors.
During the 2013-14 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,446 student-athletes compete on 3,705 teams in 28 different sports. Of those competitors, 3.08 percent – or 1,799 student-athletes – were recognized with academic awards for their achievements in the classroom. Receiving the highest honors with a 4.0 grade-point average, 171 student-athletes received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence.
With minimal changes to its award program’s inception in 1983, the NJCAA has been annually recognizing the academic success of its student-athletes for 31 years.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 credit students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career and workforce preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.