Seniors Heather Kilar and Kyle Norton have been named Georgia Gwinnett College’s first-ever Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, it was announced by the NAIA on Monday.
Kilar, a third baseman on the softball team from Griffin, Ga., is pursuing a history degree with a teacher’s certification. She is a Director of Athletics’ Honor Roll recipient and is on track to graduate in May 2015.
Norton, an outfielder on the baseball team from Suwanee, Ga., is a history major. He is an AD’s Honor Roll as well as a President’s List recipient, also on track to graduate in May 2015.
The Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete program recognizes excellence in the classroom by NAIA-member student-athletes who are juniors or above in academic standing with a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA.
Students must appear on the eligibility certificate for the sport and have attended two full years as a non-transfer or one full year as a transfer. The awards are given annually to outstanding student-athletes in the various sports in which the program is active and their respective teams are eligible for NAIA postseason competition.
Norton also was named GGC’s Champions of Character award winner at the 2014 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series banquet in Lewiston, Idaho, last week.
“We are very proud of Heather and Kyle for being our first-ever winners of this outstanding award,” said Dr. Darin S. Wilson, GGC’s Director of Athletics. “These two individuals are model student-athletes who embrace what it means to be a Grizzly and are outstanding examples for their teammates.”
The pair also excelled on the diamond.
Kilar started all 50 games for the Grizzly softball team, batting .344 with 38 RBIs as GGC went 39-10-1.
Norton made 52 appearances for the Grizzly baseball team, batting .408 on the year with 24 runs scored. The Grizzlies went 53-13 on the year and Norton went 3-for-4 at the plate in World Series action.