Atlantic Cape Community College student-athlete Chelsy Seelman of Milmay received a national academic award from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for her exemplary achievement during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Seelman was softball team captain and played first base. She maintained a .408 batting average and 3.98 GPA. She received the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement. Earlier this year she was named a Woman of the Year by the New Jersey Association for Girls and Women in Sports.
Her other accolades include receiving Atlantic Cape’s first NJCAA All-Academic Team Award for the 2014 softball team and being named All-Academic Garden State Athletic Conference and Academic All Region in 2014 and 2015.
“In my opinion, Chelsy is the ideal team leader. She’s a great player, but her contribution is much more than that. She’s an excellent student and she’s a positive role model for her teammates,” said Mike Rennick, assistant director of athletics.
Seelman is a general studies major with plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology following graduation from Atlantic Cape.
Seelman led this season’s team to the Region 19 playoff for the first time since 1995. The team is coached by Sean Thomas, Jeff Costa and Wendy Dorofee. They finished the season 12-14.
The NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards were previously known as NJCAA Academic All-American honors. The NJCAA has renamed its academic awards program to the following: NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale); NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80 to 3.99 GPA on a 4.00 scale); and NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60 to 3.79 GPA on a 4.00 scale).