EMCC Wins Second Halbrook Award in Four Years for Student-Athlete Academic Excellence
Posted 3:14 p.m. Friday, October 7, 2022
TUPELO — For the second time in four years, East Mississippi Community College has won the David M. Halbrook Award for achieving a perfect 100 percent graduation rate among the school’s sophomore student-athletes during the 2021-22 academic year. The prestigious award was presented at the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities (MAC) business meeting, held this week in Tupelo.
Having already won the coveted Halbrook Award in the 2018-19 academic year, this year’s EMCC contingent graduated all 62 sophomore student-athletes in addition to having three graduates in the 2021 academic year. -22. The College’s 65 certified student-athletes consisted of 30 players from the 2021 Lions MACCC North Division Championship Football Team, 19 from the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament Baseball Club, six from softball and five from the Tournament Championship Team MACCC female and male. Rodeo was not included in the graduation statistics because the sport is not affiliated with the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference (MACCC).
“Receiving the Halbrook Award is a wonderful recognition of the hard work and effort of EMCC student-athletes,” said EMCC President Dr. Scott Alsobrooks. “This recognition represents the dedicated efforts of EMCC faculty, advisors and staff who work so diligently to ensure student success. We continue to take great pride in performing at a high level both in the classroom and in athletic competitions. Special thanks to the Halbrook family for sanctioning these awards for community college students.
Established in 1984 and made possible by endowments of former Representative David M. Halbrook, of Belzoni, and his brothers, John C. and James G. Halbrook, of Belzoni, and JA Halbrook, of Beaumont, Texas, in l Honored by their parents, John C. and Ernestine McCall Halbrook, the Halbrook Awards program recognizes colleges and universities that achieve and maintain high academic standards for student-athletes while encouraging high graduation rates.
“It is so amazing to see our student-athletes being recognized for their dedication and commitment to their academic success,” said Sharon Thompson, EMCC Director of Athletics and Dean of Students/Scooba Campus. “Congratulations to our student-athletes and coaches for winning the prestigious David M. Halbrook Award. I would also like to express my gratitude to the entire EMCC family for their investment in the academic success of our student-athletes. We also greatly appreciate the Halbrook family for their commitment to academics.
This year marks the eighth time overall that East Mississippi Community College has received the Halbrook Award since the awards program was authorized in 1984. (tied with Hinds) academic years, EMCC has already achieved recognition five times ( 1983-84, 1985-86, 1988-89, 1989-90 and 1992-93) over a 10-year period.
In addition to EMCC winning this year’s David M. Halbrook Trophy for having the highest percentage of graduating student-athletes in the community and junior college division, the University of Mississippi won the men’s awards. and women of the public university division. Mississippi College won top honors in the independent colleges and universities division.
Individually for EMCC, Kaitlynn Stroud and Wesley Sides were the respective female and male recipients of the school’s David M. Halbrook Certificate for Academic Achievement 2021-2022 among student-athletes in the Community College Division. From Enterprise, Stroud posted a 4.00 GPA in nursing as a two-year softball player for the Lions. The sides, from Southaven, posted team-leading numbers with 13 homers, 40 RBI to go along with their best .346 batting average to go along with the 28-19 Lions in their first appearance at the region’s baseball tournament. 23 in the NJCAA since 2015 and a third-place finish in the MACCC regular-season standings with a 20-8 conference record last year. The DeSoto Central High School product is currently pursuing his collegiate baseball career at Mississippi College.
In the 2021-22 school year, East Mississippi Community College had an academic record of 45 student-athletes who achieved national recognition for academic excellence, including setting a new academic standard with 17 student-athletes achieving perfect averages of 4.00 last year. Additionally, EMCC’s softball (3.70 GPA), baseball (3.53), women’s basketball (3.33), and soccer (3.00) teams have all received recognition from the EMCC. NJCAA varsity team.