Ten SSC athletes earn All-Academic achievement from NJCAA

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SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (July 17, 2022) – The South Suburban College (SSC) Athletics Department has announced student-athletes awarded for their dedication in the classroom during the 2021-22 school year. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named ten All-Academic Team recipients from SSC.

“This has been a successful year for Bulldogs Athletics,” said Steve Ruzich, SSC Athletic Director. “The scholastic accomplishments of our student-athletes who display dedication to their sports and their studies are to be commended. I’m proud to be associated with a program of students who exemplify excellence both in the classroom and on the playing field.”

There are three categories in the NJCAA All-Academic divisions. First Team awardees earn a GPA of 4.00. Second Team awardees achieve between a 3.99 and 3.80 GPA. Third Team awardees attain between a 3.79 and 3.60 GPA.

All-Academic Award recipients

SSC recipients include:

  • First Team: Taylor Vandommelen – Volleyball
  • Second Team: James Burke – Baseball
  • Second Team: Harrison Dubois – Baseball
  • Second Team: Amaris Gonzalez – Women’s Soccer
  • Second Team: Michael Pawyza – Baseball
  • Second Team: Seungjun Song – Baseball
  • Third Team: Osiris Atisso ­– Men’s Basketball
  • Third Team: Cameron Bartmann – Men’s Basketball
  • Third Team: Samya Gardner – Women’s Basketball
  • Third Team: Jacob Mucha – Baseball

Taylor Vandommelen

Taylor Vandommelen, a student-athlete at South Suburban College, was named to the NJCAA All-Academic First Team. (Photo provided)

Taylor Vandommelen of Highland, IN recently completed her sophomore year at SSC. She enjoyed both playing volleyball and interacting with her instructors in the classroom. Vandommelen said, “I really enjoyed the teachers, especially Becky Walters, the Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice Program Coordinator. She really makes sure that students understand the course material.”

Vandommelen will continue her studies in the field of criminal justice at Indiana University Northwest, while extending her student-athlete status as a Redhawk volleyball player.

For information about Bulldogs Athletics, contact Steve Ruzich at (708) 596-2000, ext. 5843 or email [email protected]. SSC is located at 15800 South State Street in South Holland.