Three Timberwolves Honored with NWAC Academic Excellence Award


Blue Mountain Community College volleyball, women’s soccer and men’s soccer student-athletes were honored with the Northwest Athletic Conference’s (NWAC) Fall Academic Excellence Award for outstanding academic excellence in addition to their athletic prowess.

Abigail Ives
Olivia Luna Castellanos
Olivia Luna Castellanos

Abigail Ives, a sophomore setter from Eagle, Idaho, was awarded the honor for volleyball, Olivia Castellanos Luna, a sophomore midfielder from Irrigon, was awarded the honor for women’s soccer, and Esgar Garcia Avila, a sophomore defender from Hermiston, was awarded the honor for men’s soccer.

Qualifications for recognition by the NWAC are to be a sophomore in eligibility, have a minimum of 36 credits earned and a 3.25 cumulative GPA.

Esgar Avila

“The BMCC Athletic program is designed to provide a positive influence in developing the studentathlete’s mind, body and character,” said Dawn DiFuria McClendon, BMCC Director of Athletics, Outreach & Student Life. “Students participating in athletic activities at Blue Mountain Community College are required to be full-time students and are expected to make satisfactory progress toward completion of their educational goals.”

BMCC Athletics has three pillars to which student-athletes are held: 1) academic 2) character 3) athleticism.

“We use these as a basis for recruiting, conduct and professional academic and athletic growth,” DiFuria McClendon said. “This award is a testament to all three.”


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