NJCAA Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., released the names of the 2012-2013 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards as well as the NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year. Cayuga CC men's lacrosse player, Kevin Franceschelli (Auburn, NY), earned the "Superior Academic Achievement Award" for his overall 3.92 GPA. Franceschelli was also earlier recognized on the NJCAA Region III All-Academic team for 2013 for his efforts in the classroom.
Over 1,600 NJCAA student-athletes met the requirements for individual academic honors, including 169 that earned the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.0 GPA). Superior Academic Achievement (3.8+ GPA) honors went to 592 student-athletes and over 900 met the standard for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.6+ GPA).
This season, close to 60,000 student-athletes competed in the NJCAA across 3,500 teams in 28 different sports.
The 2012-2013 academic year marks the 30th consecutive season the NJCAA has recognized the success of its student-athletes in the classroom. With minimal changes, the NJCAA academic awards program has been in place since 1983.