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Brooke Brenton, a member of the women’s softball at East Central College, will be awarded the Female Scholar Athlete of the Year Award  by the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA).  The presentation will be made June 25 at the annual NATYCCA Awards Luncheon in Dallas, Texas.

 

The recipients of the annual NATYCAA Scholar-Athlete Award  are sponsored by Kathy Polanshek and Carol Malouf, NATYCAA friends.   As the first place award winner, Brenton will be  flown to NATYCAA's convention and will receive a $1,000 scholarship award.   Criteria for the award includes a minimum 3.6 GPA and selection for All-Conference, All-Region or All-American honors.

 

As Brenton completes her sophomore year on ECC's women’s softball team, she continues to accrue honors.  As a member of the softball Falcons she helped elevate her team to win the NJCAA Region 16 championship, a NJCAA district championship and an eventual trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in Clinton, Mississippi. 

 

On the athletic honor side, Brenton was a two-time 1 st Team NJCAA All-Region selection and named a Midwest Community College Athletic Conference honorable mention selection on two separate occasions. The academic honors will roll in as she will also receive the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence for the second consecutive year.  Brenton will be the first student athlete at ECC recognized as an NJCAA Academic All-American twice.  

 

Brad Wallach, coach of the softball team stated, “When I recruited Brooke, I knew she was an outstanding student and had many options academically.  She trusted our program and East Central College and she has set the bar for all future student athletes at ECC.”

 

The Lebanon High School graduate has been the epitome of student athlete since she enrolled at ECC in 2010. A model student and caring individual, she has taken on a number of roles at East Central.  Majoring in elementary education, Brenton will transfer to Evangel University in the fall on an academic and athletic scholarship to complete her degree and continue playing intercollegiate softball.

 

Established in 1987, NATYCAA is the only professional organization for athletic administrators that represents all two year institutions of higher education in the United States.  The organization is comprised of the athletic governing bodies of the National Junior College Athletic Association,CaliforniaCommunity Colleges, and the Northwestern Athletic Association for Community Colleges. Since its creation 25 years ago with a small number of founding members, the organization has grown to more than 400 members.

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