BARNESVILLE — Gordon State College Athletics is has announced its graduates for the spring 2021 commencement and recognize the academic honors achieved by its student-athletes.
Forty-four student-athletes were honored on the GSC Dean’s List with a grade-point average of 3.50 or better for the 2021 spring semester — including 19 student-athletes who also achieved the President’s List distinction with a 4.0 GPA .
“To think what these student-athletes went through over the past 14 months and then to see what they did in the classroom is something each and every one of them should be proud of,” said Steve Argo, GSC Director of Athletics. “No one knew what the future would hold back in March of 2020. But everyone associated with Highlanders’ Athletics remained committed and worked their way to a job well done — academically and athletically.”
Highlanders’ softball led the way with a team GPA of 3.50 for the spring semester, including seven student-athletes posting a 4.0 and were recognized on the President’s List — Jordyn Dobson (McDonough/Union Grove HS), Abby Foster (McDonough/Ola), Faith Hager (Madison/Heritage), Taylor McClendon (McDonough/ Ola), Bailey Odom (Danville/ Bleckley County), Camden Steele (Jackson/Union Grove and Claire Williams (Conyers/Heritage).
Fourteensoftball student-athletes were named to the GSC Dean’s List with a 3.50 or better GPA.
Along with Dobson, Foster, Hager, McClendon, Odom, Steele and Williams, GSC also recognized Makenzie English (Williamson/ Pike County, Hailey Hooper (Monticello/ Piedmont Academy), Breanna Lee (Concord/ Pike County, Chandler Mitchell (Forsyth/Locust Grove and Natalie Song (Cataula/Harris County for their academic excellence this spring.
Nine softball student-athletes also graduated during the May 14 commencement:
Jordyn Dobson – Associate of Arts in Psychology, Associate of Science in Biology.
Makenzie English – Associate of Science in Core Curriculum (Cum Laude).
Abby Foster – Associate of Arts in Psychology (Cum Laude).
Faith Hager – Associate of Science in Core Curriculum.
Hailey Hooper – Associate of Science in Core Curriculum.
Breanna Lee – Associate of Arts in Psychology, Associate of Science in Core Curriculum.
Taylor McClendon – Associate of Science in Business Administration (Cum Laude).
Bailey Odom – Associate of Arts in Psychology, Associate of Science Core Curriculum (Magna Cum Laude).
Natalie Song – Associate of Arts in Psychology
Highlanders’ Women’s soccer posted a 3.36 team GPA for the spring semester, including sevenstudent-athletes with a 4.0 and recognition on the President’s List — Emma Lovell (Tavernier, Fla. /Coral Shores HS), Gabriela Arellano (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson), Lourdes Tompkins (Stephens/Oglethorpe County), Madison Schmucker (Cape Coral, Fla./Ida S. Baker), Molly Worst (Brooks/ Whitewater), Payton Asher (Cape Coral, Fla./Ida S. Baker, Stephanie Hahn (Dallas/Paulding County) and Haley Conklin (Griffin/Spalding).
Twelve women’s soccer student-athletes were honored on the Dean’s List with a 3.50 or better GPA.
Along with Lovell, Arellano, Tompkins, Schmucker, Worst, Asher, Hahn and Conklin, Becca Doyle (Acworth/Harrison), Mallory McCarthney (Griffin/Spalding), Audrey Pavik (Kennesaw/Harrison) and Lizzy Grant (Sharpsburg/Northgate) were honored by GSC.
Arellano graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Biology (Cum Laude), Hahn graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Biology (Cum Laude) and Isabella Reyes graduated with an Associate of Arts degree.
Highlanders’ baseball tallied a 3.05 team GPA this spring, including five student-athletes honored on the President’s List with 4.0 GPAs —Adam Alicia-Brooks (Suwanee/Collins Hill), Trey Felt (Lawrenceville/Prince Avenue Christian School), Joey Gill (Canton/Creekview), Alex Kite (Lizella/Mary Persons), Davis Swenson (Toccoa/Stephens County) and Coleman Tanner (Waycross/ Ware County).
Including Alicia-Brooks, Felt, Gill, Kite, Swenson and Tanner, a total of 18 baseball student-athletes earned their way on to the Dean’s List with a GPA of 3.50 or better — Garrett Dowell (Comer/ Madison County), Farid Eljaiek (Jacksonville/Creekside), Will Hensley (Cumming/Lambert), Jude King (McRae/Telfair County, Trevor Knowles (Folkston/Charlton County, Hunter Marion (Zebulon/Pike County, Clifton Olmstead (Macon/Stratford Academy), Blaze O’Saben (Warrenton, Va./Fauquier), Cole Phillips (Trion/Trion), Ethan Scott (Augusta/ Aquinas), Kyle Sterwerf (Buford/Mill Creek) and Derek Wylie (Warner Robins/ Veterans).
Nine (9) student-athletes from the Highlanders’ baseball team graduated on May 14:
Dominic Canale – Associate of Science in General Studies
Preston Felt – Associate of Science in Business Administration
Cole Phillips – Associate of Arts (School of Education, Mathematics, and Applied Sciences)
Ethan Scott – Associate of Science in Business Administration
Cody Sheider – Associate of Arts (School of Business, Liberal Arts, and Social Sciences)
Davis Smith – Associate of Science in Business Administration
Davis Swenson – Associate of Science in Business Administration
Coleman Tanner – Bachelor of Science in Management & Administration
Derek Wylie - Associate of Science in Business Administration
Highlanders’ Men’s basketball recorded a 2.55 team GPA for the spring term.