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STAR Awards Nominations

Please nominate a fellow teammate for the following awards:

1. Super STAR Award

And/or

2. The Individual Community Spirit Award

You may obtain the STAR Awards 2017 Nomination Form , through your coach or Kristy Carson

RSVP by Friday, April 14th or sooner

2017 Honoree: the late, Jan Ellis

2017 Keynote: U.S. Olympian and Mesa Coach, Brittney Reese

What is the STAR Awards?

With 10 men's and 11 women's intercollegiate teams, Mesa College has one of the largest competitive community college athletic programs in the region. The annual STAR Awards recognizes the academic achievements, community spirit, and athletic excellence of Mesa College student athletes.

Awards are given in a variety of categories including highest individual and team GPA, individual and team community spirit award, team attendance award and Super STAR award. According to our previous athletic director Dave Evens, student-athletes at Mesa College have a 34% transfer rate to 4-year institutions. "We are very competitive in all intercollegiate sports as members of the Pacific Coast, Orange Empire, and Foothill Conferences," notes Evans.

The award program is presented by the Mesa Academic and Athletics Program (MAAP) at San Diego Mesa College, which assists student-athletes in achieving their educational, career and personal goals.

** Highlights from the 2017 event **

Photos from the event, click here

Youtube video of the event, click here

2017 Honoree: Jan Ellis, former Exercise Science Department Chair and Head of the Dance Department, click here to watch this particular honor

2017 Keynote: Brittney Reese, U.S. Olympian and Mesa assistant Track and Field Coach

2016-2017 STAR Awards Winners:

Team Attendance Award: Baseball  

Obtained a 4.0 GPA during their season of sport in 2016 (student-athlete had to be enrolled as a full time student).

Derek Fernandez from Football

Gabriela Nordeman from Women’s Swimming

Devin O’Donnel from Men’s swimming

Nicholas Plum from Football

Vincent Ray from Football

Ciara Turner from Women’s track and field 

Shane Fisher from Men’s Tennis

Georgina Hererra from Women’s Soccer

Bryan Moser from Men’s Swimming

Michelle Navarro from Women’s Cross Country

Mong Ng from Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field

Michelle Rodriguez from Softball

Miguel Sauceda from Men’s Track and Field

Melanie Stuart from Badminton

Bryce Towne from Men’s Soccer

Leah Veleker from Women’s Basketball

Top Women's GPA Winner for Spring 2016: Softball with a cumulative GPA of 3.22

Top Men's GPA Winner for Spring 2016: Men's Tennis with a cumulative GPA of 3.41

Top Women's GPA Winner for Fall 2016: Women's Indoor Volleyball with a cumulative GPA of 3.11

Top Men's GPA winner for fall 2016: Men's Cross Country with a cumulative GPA of 3.05

Team Community Spirit Award: Women's Basketball (2nd year in a row)

Individual Community Spirit Award: Leah Veleker from W. Basketball  

SUPER STAR Award Winner: Georgina Herrera from Women's Soccer