Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Academic Student-Athlete Awards

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With minimal changes, the NJCAA academic awards program has been in place since 1983.  

The NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards were previously known as NJCAA Academic All-American honors. The NJCAA has renamed its academic awards program to the following:

NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale)
NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80 to 3.99 on a 4.00 scale)
NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60 to 3.79 on a 4.00 scale)

Previous known honorees from Rock Valley College since 2001 are:

Paul Burd (golf), Superior
Aleesha Cleaver (women's basketball), Exemplary
Daniel Delaughter (men's tennis), Exemplary
Mark Delaughter (men's tennis), Superior
Aubrie Sabin (women's tennis), Superior

Michael Landerholm (golf), Pinnacle

Elliott Day (golf), Pinnacle
Emily Ollman (women's basketball), Superior
Ryan Blume (baseball), Exemplary

Elliott Day (golf), Pinnacle
Zachary Kloster (golf), Exemplary
Lindsay Lengjak (women’s basketball), Exemplary
Kelsey Scarpetta (softball), Exemplary


Noelle Bennett (volleyball, softball), Distinguished Academic All-American
Shane Holden (men’s tennis), Academic All-American
Lincoln Lichty (football), Academic All-American
Hannah Radford (volleyball), Distinguished Academic All-American

Chris Grimm (baseball), Academic All-American
Jessica Moore (women’s basketball), Distinguished Academic All-American
Ryan Sanden (baseball), Distinguished Academic All-American
Kaitlin Slocum (volleyball), Distinguished Academic All-American
Jeff Weberg (men’s basketball)


Rhett Gunderson (men’s tennis), Academic All-American
Tim Muldowney, (men’s tennis), Academic All-American

Danny Beeman (men’s tennis), Academic All-American
Katie Cooling (women’s tennis), Academic All-American
Stephanie Lund (softball), Academic All-American

Andrea Carlson (volleyball), Academic All-American
Bria Holzinger (volleyball), Academic All-American


Marc Kinnemann (football), Academic All-American