East Mississippi Community College was honored with the Halbrook Award for having a 100% graduation rate among its student-athletes during the 2018-19 school year at Tuesday’s Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities Conference in Bay St. Louis.
EMCC tied Copiah-Lincoln for the honor by graduating all 55 second-year student-athletes and had one completer during the year. The graduates numbered 29 football players, 10 baseball players, eight men’s basketball players, six softball players and three women’s basketball players.
“Receiving the Halbrook Award is a wonderful recognition of the hard work and efforts of EMCC’s student-athletes. This recognition represents the dedicated efforts of EMCC’s faculty, counselors and staff that work so diligently to ensure student success,” EMCC President Dr. Scott Alsobrooks said in a release from the school. “Our head coaches and assistant coaches are committed to excellence both in the classroom and on the scoreboard. A special thanks also goes out to the Halbrook family for sanctioning these awards for community college students.”
It’s the seventh time EMCC has received the Halbrook Award since the awards system began in 1984.
Softball player Avery Bouchillon and baseball player Dillon Brown were the school’s individual recipients of the David M. Halbrook Award. Bouchillon posted a 4.0 grade point average and received the school’s Presidential Partnership Scholarship to attend Mississippi State. Brown posted a 3.84 GPA and is playing for Point University in West Point, Georgia.
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