ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine finished third in the 2014 America East Academic Cup, released on Wednesday, June 18 by the America East Conference. Black Bear student-athletes posted a 3.16 grade point average for the academic year.
The University of Hartford earned its third straight America East Academic Cup, while New Hampshire finished in second place. Maine was followed by Vermont, Binghamton, Stony Brook, UMBC, Albany and UMass Lowell. All nine America East institutions and 109 of the 141 teams compiled a 3.0 grade point average or higher in 2013-14. The league student-athletes averaged a 3.12 average during the year, the single highest mark in league history.
The Maine women’s cross country team had the highest grade point average of any team in the conference at 3.64. Maine women’s basketball (3.34), women’s indoor track and field (3.45) and women’s outdoor track and field (3.48) also had the highest grade point averages among the America East teams.
The overall institutional grade-point averages were calculated by dividing each student-athlete’s quality points by the total credits completed for grade.
Hartford also won the 2012-13, 2011-12 and 1996-97 Academic Cups, while Vermont, which has won a conference-best eight cups, won the award seven years in a row from 2004-05 through 2010-11 and also took home the award in its inaugural year (1995-96). New Hampshire won the Academic Cup in 1998-99 and 1999-2000 and Binghamton garnered the cup in its first two years in the conference (2001-02, 2002-03). Maine, which shared the cup with Vermont in 2006-07, also won the honor in 2003-04.
America East is proud to have one of most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country. In addition to the Academic Cup, an All-Academic team comprised of student-athletes that excel both academically and athletically is chosen in each of the conference’s 20 sports by a committee consisting of faculty athletic representatives, academic advisors and sports information directors. Additionally, a scholar-athlete, someone who distinguishes himself/herself as the top student-athlete in his/her sport, is awarded. From that group, one male and one female is selected the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Finally, the conference recognizes all student-athletes who achieve at least a 3.0 GPA on its Academic Honor Roll, with those achieving a 3.50 average or better receiving Commissioner’s Honor Roll status.
Aaron began his career at WVII in March of 2008. He attended Old Town High School, where he graduated in 2004. From there he moved on to the New England School of Communications, majoring in Sports Broadcasting and Journalism. Originally a sports radio major, Aaron co-hosted a weekly sports radio show on WHSN called This Week in Sports while also doing play by play and color commentary of Husson Eagle sporting events. He also spent a semester as the stations sports director. After his sophomore year he realized he had run out of radio classes to take, so he began taking TV courses while also working at Stephen King’s sports station WZON. Aaron graduated from NESCom in May of 2008 with a degree in communications, and was named the top broadcast journalist of his class. Since joining ABC-7 and Fox Bangor he has won multiple Maine Association of Broadcasting Awards.
In his free time Aaron likes, surprise, to watch sports and play sports. From mountain climbing to basketball, there are very few sports Aaron doesn’t enjoy. He also likes traveling when he gets the chance, and is happy he has been able to pursue his passion for sports while staying close to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @AaronRJackson, and you can catch him weeknights at 6, 10 and 11 on ABC-7 and Fox Bangor. He can also be reached via email at [email protected].