JACKSON, Miss. – Lizzy Van Manen, a Pella Christian graduate, received Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Academic All-State recognition for the 2018-19 school year at Northeast Mississippi Community College.

A total of forty young men and women from each of the college’s competitive athletic programs were honored with the recognition. This year’s students are tied for the most MACJC Academic All-State selections in school history, and the college originally set this scholarly record during the 2016-17 campaign.

“Northeast has a proud tradition of academic excellence and our student-athletes continued to achieve at a high level,” said athletic director Kent Farris. “I would like to commend our coaching staffs and Leigh Treloar in our student success center for their hard work to ensure that out student-athletes succeed.”

The softball program provided the most honorees for the second straight year, which Van Manen participates in. Sixteen of its 21 total members, or roughly 76 percent of its entire roster, captured one of these intellectual prizes.

Both freshmen and sophomores are eligible for the MACJC’s educational accolades. Student-athletes must complete a minimum of 24 cumulative hours during both the fall and spring semesters.

Student-athletes with a grade point average between 3.25 and 3.79 earn Academic All-State status while those with a grade point average of 3.8 or higher receive Distinguished Academic All-State laurels. Van Manen received All-State status with a 3.32 grade point average.

The association annually acknowledges individuals from each of its 15 member institutions with scholastic awards. It is the fifth consecutive year in which the college placed more than 20 players on the Academic All-State list.