Three student-athletes recognized nationally for academic achievement

Anuar Khvan-Beiseoub, Anita Rios, and Robert Holdren earned 2012-13 NJCAA academic recognition.
Anuar Khvan-Beiseoub, Anita Rios, and Robert Holdren earned 2012-13 NJCAA academic recognition.

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has recognized three Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) student–athletes for their outstanding scholastic achievements.

Anuar Khvan-Beiseuov, a sophomore, achieved the NJCAA’s highest academic honor earning the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence with a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA). He was a two-year member of NOVA’s men’s basketball team and started in four games while averaging 2.4 points and 1.8 rebounds this season. He will be attending Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He previously attended Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Va.

Sophomore Anita Rios earned the Exemplary Achievement Award for having a cumulative GPA of over 3.7. Rios was a two-year member of NOVA’s women’s volleyball team. She led the team, and was 24th nationally, with 599 digs in her sophomore campaign. Rios will be attending George Mason University and majoring in biology. Rios is originally from Woodbridge, Va. and previously attended Garfield High School.

Robert Holdren, a NOVA sophomore from Lawton, Okla., also earned the Exemplary Achievement Award. He was a member of NOVA’s men’s soccer team. Holdren is transferring to the University of Virginia and majoring in aerospace engineering.

The trio also earned the NJCAA Region XX All-Academic Team recognition. In addition, Alanah Jones, a member of the women’s volleyball team, earned the Region XX honor. Jones transferred to George Mason University in January.

“We are very proud of these students who exemplify all the positive attributes of being a student-athlete,” said Brian Anweiler, NOVA college-wide student life coordinator.

The 2012-13 season was the first year of full membership in the NJCAA for NOVA and the first time student-athletes could be recognized for academic and athletic achievements. The NJCAA is the second-largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the United States with more than 500 member schools in 43 states. Each year over 60,000 student-athletes compete in one of 28 different sports and the organization sponsors 48 national championship events and nine football bowl games.


Over 1,600 NJCAA student-athletes met the requirements for individual academic honors, including 169 that earned the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.0 GPA). Superior Academic Achievement (3.8+ GPA) honors went to 592 student-athletes and over 900 met the standard for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.6+ GPA). 

Academic team accolades (3.0+ team GPA) were earned by over 500 programs with 24 winning the distinction as the Academic Teams of the Year.

This season, close to 60,000 student-athletes competed in the NJCAA across 3,500 teams in 28 different sports.

The 2012-2013 academic year marks the 30th consecutive season the NJCAA has recognized the success of its student-athletes in the classroom. With minimal changes, the NJCAA academic awards program has been in place since 1983. 

Below are links to this year's winners. 

2012-2013 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards

2012-2013 NJCAA All-Academic Teams


Academic Student-Athlete Awards
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 on a 4.00 scale)
NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60 to 3.79 on a 4.00 scale)

Academic Team Awards
Teams that have the highest overall GPA for their sport are designated as the 2012-13 NJCAA (Sport) Academic Team of the Year. Example: 2012-13 NJCAA Baseball Academic Team of the Year.

Teams that qualify with an overall team GPA above 3.0 are designated as a 2012-13 NJCAA (Sport) All-Academic Team. Example: 2012-13 NJCAA Baseball All-Academic Team.