Former Saddleback College Soccer Player Honored as Top Female Scholar-Athlete


Mission Viejo, CAFormer Saddleback College soccer player Danielle Scelsi was honored as the top female scholar-athlete for the 2015-16 academic year at the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Scholar-Athlete Luncheon on Wednesday, March 29.

Scelsi was selected out of nearly 26,000 female student-athletes participating throughout the CCCAA. She posted a perfect 4.00 grade average while at Saddleback and earned both the Fair-Play Character Champion Award for sportsmanship and the college’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor.

Scelsi is a product of Mission Viejo High School and spent two seasons at Saddleback College. During her sophomore season in fall 2015, she served as the team’s captain and helped the Gauchos win a record 16 games while also reaching the post-season playoffs for the third consecutive season. Scelsi earned first-team all-Orange Empire Conference honors and went on to earn Academic All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NCSAA). She currently attends UC Santa Barbara.

Former Saddleback baseball standout Luke Jarvis was also honored by the CCCAA as one of nine male scholar-athletes on the CCCAA State Honor Roll.  Jarvis, a product of Clairemont High School in San Diego, posted a 3.94 grade point average.  While playing shortstop for the Gauchos, Jarvis was a first-team all-conference selection during the Spring 2016 season.  He was named as Saddleback’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2015-2016.  Jarvis currently attends Auburn University where he is a member of their baseball team.

Tony Lipold, athletic director stated, “This is the highest academic honor in the state. To have Danielle win this award is a huge honor and a credit to the work she put in.  And Luke’s inclusion on the CCCAA Honor Roll shows the emphasis we put on academics and the message we’re trying to get across.  You can be successful both as a student and as an athlete.”

In addition to these individual awards, the 2016 Saddleback College men’s golf team was honored as a top CCCAA Scholar-Team.  The team posted an overall team grade point average of 3.12 to be recognized as the top golf program in the state for this academic honor under first-year head coach Wayne Westling.

Tod A. Burnett, Saddleback College president added, “To excel on the field and off the field is no easy feat, so I am thrilled for our student-athletes who were honored, and I congratulate them on their achievements. I am also proud of the Program Assisting Student-Athlete Success (PASS) academic program offered in our Learning Resource Center for helping our student-athletes be successful in the classroom.”


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