Bowling earns NTCA Academic Honors
Jalesa Johnson's 4.0 GPA led the way as the Hawks' bowling team finished 7th nationally in academics among NTCA competitors
June 29, 2017

BROOKLYN, New York Maryland Eastern Shore’s bowling team received academic honors from the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) on Wednesday, after the 11 member team cumulated a GPA of 3.56 for the academic school year.

“I am proud of our student-athletes' efforts in the classroom.” Hawks coach Kayla Bandy said. “We value the academic experience at Maryland Eastern Shore and know that the classroom is our priority.”  



The team’s 3.56 cumulative GPA ranks 7th among all programs under NTCA jurisdiction.

Additionally, eight student-athletes from the team earned individual distinction from the NTCA for maintaining an individual cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher during the year. Sophomore Danielle August (Mililani, Hawaii), sophomore Kaci Collins (Mint Hill, North Carolina), junior Melanie Copey (Ontario, New York), sophomore Alexandra Hernandez (Maracaibo, Venezuela), freshman Cayla Hicks (Salem, Virginia), freshman Brigitte Jacobs (Freeport, Illinois), sophomore Jalesa Johnson (Delmar, Delaware) and graduate student Thashaina Seraus (Oranjestad, Aruba) all received individual distinction.

“Again, I cannot say enough about our program's efforts in the classroom.” Bandy said. “We have strong leaders on our team in the classroom that I have no doubt will continue to lead this program from excellence to eminence.  Those leaders are Jalesa Johnson who maintains a 4.0 GPA, and student-athletes like Kaci Collins and Melanie Copey who hold steady just short of a 4.0.  I look forward to reaching new heights in the 2017-2018 academic school year.”

36 teams were honored by the NTCA for finishing the year with a 3.2 GPA or higher. Maryland Eastern Shore had the highest GPA out of six HBCU’s honored, including Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) competitors Delaware State, Norfolk State and Morgan State.

The academic success couples their athletic prowess from the past season, where the Hawks won the 2017 MEAC Championship and advanced to both the NCAA and United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Championships.

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