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NOVA, NBC4 recognize women athletes in honor of Women’s History Month

women’s cross country team

NOVA President Scott Ralls recognizes the women’s cross country team for their accomplishments during the women’s History Month Celebration Wednesday, March 23. Keynote Speaker Head Coach Nicole Mancini delivered her speech via video chat during the ceremony.

women’s cross country team

Annandale Interim Provost Charlotte Calobrisi hosted the Women’s History Month celebration March 23 at the Brault Building where President Scott Ralls recognized the women’s cross country team and the coaches who lead them to success.


Northern Virginia Community College and NBC4 (WRC-TV) celebrated Women’s History Month by recognizing NOVA’s female student athletes’ and their accomplishments, as well as the coaches who guide them to success.

In a celebration ceremony at the Annandale Campus’ newly-renovated Brault Building, President Scott Ralls recognized and commended the women’s cross country team on not only being amazing athletic representatives of the College, but also being just as successful in the classroom. Ralls also noted the success of other female athletic teams including women’s basketball and volleyball.

“The athletics department is a big part of what we’re about at NOVA, but it’s only a part of the learning process here,” Ralls said. “Today we celebrate great athletes, but we also recognize them as great students.”

The students honored during the ceremony include, Setareh Bagherzadeh, Gracie Billingsley, Cary Brown, Karla Evora, Alyssa Johnson, Tamyka Mason, MacKenzie Morris, Daniela Romero and Brittany Spivey. NOVA also recognized Women’s Cross Country Head Coach Nicole Mancini and Assistant Coach Beth Bisbee.

Mancini also served as the keynote speaker for the event. Mancini was named the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Atlantic Region 2015 Coach of the Year. After Ralls recognized Mancini and the student athletes for their hard work and success, Mancini encouraged them to move forward with just as much ambition.

“My cross country team means so much to me. They’re amazing athletes and amazing women,” Mancini said. “You’re making a tremendous impact everywhere and I encourage you to keep pushing forward.”

NBC4’s Kerwin Speight highlighted their recent initiatives to connect with the community and their Women’s History Month segments called “The Women We Love.” In partnership with Allstate Insurance, NBC4 helped recognize NOVA student athletes and Allstate donated $5,000 to Doorways of Virginia – a nonprofit organization located in Arlington that creates pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault leading to safe, stable and empowered lives.

Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu



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 NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.