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By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON — A 2017 graduate of Wellington High School, Ashley Watts continues to stay involved and excel at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.
A member of the Lady Ranger golf team, Watts earned a place on the All-Academic Great American Conference team.
“Division II places the balance of athletic pursuit and academic excellence in its highest regards,” GAC Commissioner Will Prewitt said. “We again shattered our record for All-Academic honorees. I commend all of these student-athletes for maintaining their commitment to excellence in the classroom during this unprecedented year.”
For student-athletes to be recognized on the Academic All-Conference team, they must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and must have completed at least one full academic year at the nominating institution.
In addition, their grade-point average must be a minimum of 3.30 based on the 4.0 system. The GPA shall be cumulative for the athlete’s entire collegiate career.
As a mass communications major, Watts has a 3.81 grade-point-average. A junior at NWOSU, Watts also received a Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) Academic Achievement Award (AAA).
In its 13th year, the AAA is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level.
“In a year when we can use all of the good news, the D2 ADA Officers and Board of Directors are proud to recognize the highest number of student-athletes with the Academic Achievement Award than ever before,” said D2 ADA President JR Smith, director of athletics at Chadron State College. “The nominations also came from a record number of institutions, showcasing the passion and dedication of our Association and Division II as a whole.”
Watts is the daughter of Robert and Czrena Watts of Wellington.