Oakton Student-Athletes Receive Skyway Academic Honors

(July 6, 2017) The Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) recognized 38 Oakton Community College student-athletes with academic honors during the 2016-17 academic year. The list includes 21 Owls earning Freshman Academic Awards and 17 earning the Skyway Conference Academic Gold Medallion.

“When our students first join our program, we enstill in them that they are a student first--academics are a major part of being a student-athlete,” says Athletic Academic Support & Compliance Specialist Taylor Wright, noting Oakton’s cumulative student-athlete GPA was 2.72 during the 2016-17 academic year. “Our student-athletes put in countless hours of hard work toward their academics during the school year.”

To qualify for freshman all-academic honors, student-athletes must have earned at least 24 credit hours and a 3.0 grade-point-average (GPA) or higher. Oakton honorees include the following student-athletes, listed by sport(s):

  • Christopher Broccolino (Baseball), Schaumburg, Schaumburg High School
  • Daniel Schneberger (Baseball), Palatine, Palatine High School
  • Giancarlo Cheesman (Baseball), Miami, Fla., Doral Academy High School
  • Kyle MacRae (Baseball), Northbrook, Glenbrook North High School
  • Nicholas Torres (Baseball), Bolingbrook, Home Schooled
  • Sawyer Price (Baseball), Colorado Springs, Colo., Air Academy High School
  • Thomas Smart (Baseball), Evanston, Loyola Academy
  • Christopher Winters (Men’s Basketball), Chicago, Leo High School
  • Patrick Hamitlton (Men’s Basketball), Northbrook, Glenbrook North High School
  • Chingis Enkhbayar (Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Track & Field), Park Ridge, Maine East High School
  • Julian Zavala (Men’s Cross Country), Des Plaines, Maine West High School
  • Stephen Bukielski (Men’s Golf), Schaumburg, Schaumburg High School
  • Ayush Syal (Men’s Soccer), Skokie, Niles West High School
  • Hugo Rabier (Men’s Soccer), Des Plaines, GED
  • Maciej Chlopek (Men’s Soccer), Kraków, Poland, Okregowa Komisja Egzaminacyjna w Krakowie
  • Anais Deac (Softball, Volleyball), Chicago, Alliance Academy
  • Arnisha Dobbey (Women’s Basketball, Softball), Chicago, Wendell Phillips Academy
  • Incoenia Cabrales (Softball), Park Ridge, Maine East High School
  • Jenny Chitlango (Women’s Track & Field), Mozambique, Christian Academy in Mozambique
  • Nicole Bertucci (Volleyball), Arlington Heights, John Hersey High School
  • Margaret Stangel (Volleyball), Des Plaines, The Willows Academy

To qualify for a Skyway Conference Academic Medallion, second-year student-athletes must earn at least 48 credit hours with a 3.0 GPA or better. Oakton honorees include the following student-athletes, listed by sport(s):

  • Bailey Egan (Baseball), Chicago, Mount Carmel High School
  • Ramiro Milar (Baseball), Buenos Aires, Argentina, Universidad de Buenos Aires
  • Adrian Santiago (Baseball), Skokie, Niles West High School
  • Matthew Bohanon (Baseball), Downers Grove, Downers Grove North High School
  • Austin Sublett (Men’s Basketball), Des Plaines, GED
  • Jalen Wilbert (Men’s Basketball), Merrillville, Ind., Merrillville High School
  •  Anthony Calderone (Men’s Golf), Park Ridge, Maine East High School
  • Armin Ogorinac (Men’s Soccer), Chicago, Mather High School
  • Edmund Obermeyer (Men’s Soccer), Chicago, Whitney Young Magnet High School
  • Peter Kloda (Men’s Tennis), Park Ridge, Maine East High School
  • Samson George (Men’s Tennis), Park Ridge, Maine East High School
  • Ashith Chirayath (Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Track & Field), Park Ridge, Maine East High School
  • Atorena Michael (Women’s Basketball, Softball), Lincolnwood, Niles West High School
  • Sarina Lakhani (Volleyball, Women’s Basketball), Skokie, Niles North High School
  • Brenda Valdez (Women’s Soccer), Northlake, West Leyden High School
  • Jacqueline Mendoza (Women’s Soccer), Chicago, Von Steuben High School
  • Abigail Deac (Volleyball, Softball), Chicago, Alliance Academy

The league office also recognized the male and female student-athletes with the top GPAs at each member institution. Three Oakton student-athletes received the Dick Durant Award for achieving the highest GPA after completing four semesters of college work and at least 48 semester hours of credit:

  • Peter Kloda (Men’s Tennis), Park Ridge, Maine East High School
  • Ramiro Milar (Baseball), Buenos Aires, Argentina, Universidad de Buenos Aires
  • Atorena Michael (Women’s Basketball, Softball), Lincolnwood, Niles West High School

The award is named for the former teacher, coach and athletic director at Elgin Community College who served from 1961-1985.

“I couldn’t be more proud,” Wright adds. “To have 38 student-athletes recognized with ISCC academic honors is a testament to the focus on academics and the hard work of our student-athletes, coaches and support staff. It’s really a team effort.”