INA, Ill. – Six student athletes at Rend Lake College are Academic All-Americans and five of those earned a spot among the list of Distinguished Academic All Americans from junior colleges across the country.
Those honored are Bethany Kirkpatrick of Mt. Vernon, Mallory Choate of Metropolis, Michelle Kramper of Nashville, Rachel Keim of Carterville, Ryan Keller of Nashville and Leroy David Griffin of Effingham.
“It is important our athletes know we support them as much academically as we do athletically,” said Larry West, Vice President of Finance and Administration. “Our Warriors are competitors who love to win and we are committed to serving their needs in the classroom – where winning is most important here at RLC. I am very proud of our 2009 NJCAA Academic All-Americans and the many others who were on the cusp of the GPA requirement for this honor.”
Kirkpatrick, Choate, Keim, Keller and Griffin achieved distinguished honors for having a 3.80 or higher cumulative grade point average throughout more than 45 hours. Kramper, a 20-year-old member of the volleyball team, fell just shy of distinguished honors with a 3.79 GPA.
Kirkpatrick, 20, kept up a perfect 4.0 GPA as a two-year, two-sport distance runner in track and field, and cross country. She was RLC’s Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.
The 20-year-old Choate, a two-year Lady Warriors golfer, maintained a 3.84 GPA while teammate Keim, also 20, graduated with a 3.83 GPA while golfing at RLC as a freshman and sophomore. She will be attending Central Methodist University on a golf scholarship in the fall.
Another golfing duo, Keller and Griffin, recently returned from their appearances in the NJCAA DII National Golf Championships where Griffin grabbed the college’s first individual national golf title. The 19-year-old was RLC’s Male Scholar Athlete of the Year with a 3.96 GPA and will attend the University of South Florida on a golf scholarship in the fall. Keller, 20, graduated from RLC with two associate degrees and a 3.92 GPA.
“These six student athletes represent the academic excellence we strive for at Rend Lake College,” said RLC Director of Athletics Brent McLain. “They definitely are the ones who put the student in student athlete.”
Rend Lake College competes as a member of the Great Rivers Athletic Conference (GRAC), which is one of the premier junior college conferences in the nation. The college and its Athletic Program have gained a great deal of statewide, regional and national exposure due to the athletic and academic success of its teams and team members.
Rend Lake College and its athletics department provide outstanding coaches, top-notch facilities, a high level of competition and quality academic support services in its continuing effort to serve the athletic, academic, personal and social needs of its student-athletes.
For all things athletic at RLC, visit online at www.rlc.edu/warriors.