Union County College student-athletes, members of the National Junior College Athletic Association, were recognized as All Region Academic Award Winners for the spring 2014 semester.
To be named to this list, the student-athletes had to achieve a grade point average of more than 3.25 or higher. Twenty-five students made the list and they are as follows: Men’s Soccer Team: from Elizabeth –Diego Lopes, Daniel Lopez, and Walter Franco; from Plainfield – Armando Lizardo; from Roselle Park – Johnny Naranjo; and from Rahway – Carl Lohier. From the Cross Country team is Petra Semelova who is native of Luhacovice, Czech Republic. From the Women’s Volleyball team are players Lena Fagan Nelson of Roselle and Kianna Burrell of Elizabeth. From the Men’s Lacrosse team is Kyle Floyd from Cranford. From the Co-ed Golf Team are players Joe Broccoli of Clark and David Walinger of East Hanover. The Men’s Baseball team has many players and they are: from Westfield – Jonathan Gribbin, James O’Rourke, and James O’Donnell; from Linden – Ismail Abdul-Wahid; from Elizabeth – Robert Pons; from New City, NY – Kevin Kolesar; from Springfield – John Belt; and from Union City – Sergio Delgado. From the Track and Field team is student-athlete Taurai Augustin from Castries, St. Lucia. From the Women’s Basketball team is Brianda Williams from Newark. The Men’s Basketball team had players Najee Durant of Irvington and Andy Etienne of Bayonne named to the list.
In addition, another 18 student-athletes were named All Garden State Athletic Conference Academic Award Winners for their achievement of 3.0 grade point average or higher during the spring 2014 semester.
Women’s Soccer players Maria Campodonico and Talia Pena Marin of Linden were joined by Diana Munoz of Roselle Park in achieving this honor. Ashley Ward of Hillside was named for her achievements on the Cross Country Team. From the Women’s Volleyball team are players Angelly Victoria of Roselle, Lanyse Castro of Elizabeth, and Aniyah Evans of Rahway. For the Men’s Soccer team is Richard Ortiz of Elizabeth. From the Men’s Lacrosse team are players CJ Francisco of Clark, Chris Dorvius of Vauxhall, Josh Posluszny of Westfield, and Rafael Custodio of Warren. For the Co-Ed Golf Team is Kevin Fitzsimmons of Mountainside. For Track and Field is Shane King of Newark. For the Women’s Basketball team is Aliyah Muhammad of Newark. And for the Men’s Basketball team are players Dayron Caldwell of Bayonne and Jumanne Butler-McDaniel of Somerset.
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