Dothan, Ala. – Makayla Scott and Chelsea Sizemore each had a vision when they became Lady Govs two years ago: strive for excellence on the field and in the classroom.
Not only have they received scholarships to play softball at the next level, both students have been named NJCAA Academic All-American Student-Athletes. Both girls have accepted athletic scholarships to the University of Mobile.
Of the 58,446 NJCAA student-athletes who played during the 2013-14 academic year, 3.08 percent – or 1,799 student-athletes – were recognized with academic awards for their achievements in the classroom. Makayla Scott received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence, which requires a GPA of 4.00. Chelsea Sizemore received the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement, which recognizes student-athletes with a GPA of 3.80 to 3.99 on a 4.00 scale.
Ryan Spry, director of student life and athletic administrator, has seen Scott and Sizemore grow as student-athletes since they began their college career at Wallace Community College. “I am extremely proud of Chelsea and Makayla’s academic accomplishments, and this recognition is indicative of the diligence that these students exhibited in the classroom,” he remarked. “To be sure, they are excellent examples of what we expect from all of our student-athletes. Their leadership will be missed next season, but I wish them well in their athletic and academic endeavors at the University of Mobile and beyond.”
Scott and Sizemore are honored to receive the recognition – on and off the field.
"I am extremely honored to be named as an Academic All-American,” said Chelsea Sizemore, who is from Ozark, Alabama. “It has been one of my goals since I started at Wallace two years ago.” Sizemore played second base for the Lady Govs. Makayla Scott, who pitched for WCC, is from Chesterfield, South Carolina. “I have always striven to excel in the classroom as well as on the softball field, but my education has always come first,” she said. “Receiving this honor would not have been possible without the support of the faculty and staff at Wallace Community College.”
For now, the opportunity to receive a quality education and to play the sport that they both love was the incentive to attend WCC.
And when they meet at the University of Mobile in the fall, they will bring that drive to excel with them.