Motlow State Baseball’s Gilmer Earns National Academic Recognition

John Reese Gilmer (Photo compliments of MotlowSports.com)

John Reese Gilmer (Photo compliments of MotlowSports.com)

Motlow State Community College student athletes posted another strong performance in the classroom during the 2015-16 year, led by a pair of baseball players who were recently honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Sophomore John Reese Gilmer, who played at Coffee County Central High School in Manchester and transferred to Motlow following his freshman season at Tennessee Temple University, earned the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award from the NJCAA, recognizing those who post a grade point average between 3.60 – 3.79.

Classmate Charter Helton earned the Superior Academic Achievement Award, which goes to student-athletes who post a grade point average between 3.80 – 3.99. Helton played his high school baseball at Lewis County in Hohenwald. He was injured for much of the season and received a medical hardship, giving him an additional season of eligibility.

Motlow’s softball team led the school’s four athletic programs in overall classroom performance, posting a team GPA of 3.0. Overall, 66 percent of Motlow’s sophomore student athletes graduated in May, with multiple others scheduled to complete their associate degree in August.

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