FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 16, 2010
Contact: Robert Preston, Jr.,
Four Tigers Named Academic All-Americans
The NJCAA National Office in Colorado Springs, Colo., has
released the names of the 2009-2010 NJCAA Distinguished Academic
All-American and Academic All-American awards, and four South Georgia
College Tigers – Stuart Drew, Gerald Jonah, Joel Salazar, and Brittany Yates
– made the list. Drew was named Academic All-American, while Jonah, Salazar,
and Yates made the Distinguished Academic All-American list.
a two-year All Conference second baseman for the SGC Tigers baseball team
from Douglas, finished the season with a team-best .406 batting average, two
home runs, and 41 RBI. He also posted an on-base percentage of .473, another
team-best mark, and tallied a .966 fielding percentage. Drew, who has signed
with the University of West Georgia, left SGC with a 3.65 GPA.
Jonah and Salazar, both soccer players, have enjoyed distinguished careers
while at SGC. A freshman forward from Lawrenceville who is originally from
Ghana, Africa, Jonah played in 13 games and scored three goals with three
assists while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. His peers also named him SGC’s Best All
Around Male at the 2010 Honors Day ceremony. Salazar, a sophomore who will
continue his playing career at Delta State, is a native of Colombia. In the
2009 soccer campaign, he had five goals and five assists in 15 games as a
defender/midfielder. Salazar posted a 3.95 GPA.
Yates, a sophomore infielder with the Lady Tigers’ softball team and native
of Douglasville, maintained a 4.0 GPA during the 2009-2010 academic year.
She hit .280 with four sacrifices for the Lady Tigers and will be back next
“Our athletes are role models for all of our students and the local
community as a whole. Our primary goal is to make sure our athletes perform
well in the classroom first, and these four students have done just that.
The same work ethic that drives them to be successful in the classroom leads
to success on the field of play. We are very proud of these four
student-athletes,” says Rob Brunel, SGC Athletic Director.
“South Georgia College has set very high standards for all of its students,
particularly its athletes. These student-athletes have worked very hard over
the last year – they have balanced a rigorous practice and game schedule
with a demanding academic workload. What they have done is truly remarkable
and something for which we are very proud,” says SGC President Dr. Virginia
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About South Georgia College
South Georgia College (www.sgc.edu)
was founded in 1906 and is a two-year institution in the University System
of Georgia. Located in Douglas, Ga., the college's environment gives
students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close
collaboration with faculty.