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Three NOVA student-athletes recognized nationally for academic achievement

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has recognized three Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) student–athletes for their outstanding scholastic achievements.

Anuar Khvan-Beiseuov, a sophomore, achieved the NJCAA’s highest academic honor earning the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence with a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA). He was a two-year member of NOVA’s men’s basketball team and started in four games while averaging 2.4 points and 1.8 rebounds this season. He will be attending Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He previously attended Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Va.

Sophomore Anita Rios earned the Exemplary Achievement Award for having a cumulative GPA of over 3.7. Rios was a two-year member of NOVA’s women’s volleyball team. She led the team, and was 24th nationally, with 599 digs in her sophomore campaign. Rios will be attending George Mason University and majoring in biology. Rios is originally from Woodbridge, Va. and previously attended Garfield High School.

Robert Holdren, a NOVA sophomore from Lawton, Okla., also earned the Exemplary Achievement Award. He was a member of NOVA’s men’s soccer team. Holdren is transferring to the University of Virginia and majoring in aerospace engineering.

The trio also earned the NJCAA Region XX All-Academic Team recognition. In addition, Alanah Jones, a member of the women’s volleyball team, earned the Region XX honor. Jones transferred to George Mason University in January.

“We are very proud of these students who exemplify all the positive attributes of being a student-athlete,” said Brian Anweiler, NOVA college-wide student life coordinator.

The 2012-13 season was the first year of full membership in the NJCAA for NOVA and the first time student-athletes could be recognized for academic and athletic achievements. The NJCAA is the second-largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the United States with more than 500 member schools in 43 states. Each year over 60,000 student-athletes compete in one of 28 different sports and the organization sponsors 48 national championship events and nine football bowl games.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.