CCAA Academic All-Canadians

CCAA Academic All-Canadians

by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips

School days
School days
Dear old golden rule days

Up in the morning and out to school
The teacher is teachin' the golden rule
American history and practical math
Studyin' hard and hopin' to pass
And workin' your fingers right down the bone
The guy behind you won't leave you alone

Lyrics from the popular 1957 Chuck Berry hit single which would repeat itself  over the years in cover versions from the likes of The Beach Boys, Gary Glitter and AC/DC just to name a few.

Each year School Days are honoured by the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) with their announcement of the CCAA All-Academic All Canadians.

According to a CCAA media release – "This year (2017-2018) 165 student-athletes have achieved combined excellence in collegiate athletics and academics. The CCAA Academic All-Canadian award is the CCAA's most prestigious student-athlete honour, epitomizing a commitment to academic success and athletic achievement."

The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) saw 41 athletes reach such distinction with Lethbridge College Kodiaks leading the way with nine student/athletes.

"We were very excited about it," said Todd Caughlin, Manager of Athletics Residence & Recreation Services at Lethbridge College. "When I first got here (four years ago) I worked on installing our three pillars and the first is academic accountability.

"Sports is a great way to live but not your entire life. We assist the student/athlete in finding that balance with a combination of academics and the college student experience overall. It all works hand-in-hand.

"We try not to have the one-and-done for the student/athlete and we will do everything in our power to prevent that. We will help the student/athlete fit in and survive."

Caughlin is also proud to point out that, ""Our student/athlete GPA overall is higher that the student body GPA. We have strived for our student/athletes to reach that standard (3.3 GPA) and they have bought into it. "

In 2016-2017 Medicine Hat College Rattlers had 10 CCAA Academic All Canadians while in 2015-2016 NAIT and Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder tied at the top with seven student/athletes recognized.

University of Alberta – Augustana

Michael Harrison, Golf

Concordia University Edmonton

Nicolas Pittman, Badminton
Takeisha Wang, Badminton
Morgan Dool, Basketball
Taylore Maschmeyer, Curling
Madison Kindzierski, Soccer
Selina Verkland, Soccer
Julia Heupel, Volleyball

Lakeland College

MacKenzie Longpre, Soccer
Rae Sigurdson, Volleyball

Lethbridge College

Keanu Funa, Basketball
Michael Clemons, Basketball
Amy Arbon, Basketball
Sophia Nowicki, Cross Country Running
Emily Spencer, Cross Country Running
Braydon Jetten, Soccer
Kohl Wandyka, Soccer
Kristine Ward, Volleyball
Matthew Primrose, Volleyball

Medicine Hat College

Meagan Clarke, Soccer
Jared Ursulan, Soccer
Kennedy Werre, Basketball
Jon Sappleton, Basketball
Brodie Dolter, Volleyball

NAIT

Nicholas Roque, Badminton
Eyota Kwan, Badminton
Jordana Nott, Curling
Justin Marler, Soccer
Sidney Doblanko, Soccer
Mitch Lewington, Volleyball

Red Deer College

Chelse Webster, Soccer
Chanelle Kayser, Volleyball
Miranda Dawe, Volleyball
Adam Turlejski, Volleyball

SAIT Polytechnic

Ricki Christopher, Cross Country Running
Matthew Travaglini, Cross Country Running
Deanna Kuan, Soccer
Simran Dhami, Volleyball
Dean Northover, Volleyball

The King's University

Sydney Warchola, Volleyball
Pamela Xu, Volleyball