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Kilar, Norton named Georgia Gwinnett College's first NAIA Scholar-Athletes

Seniors Heather Kilar and Kyle Norton have been named Georgia Gwinnett College’s first-ever Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Kilar, a third baseman on the softball team from Griffin, is pursuing a history degree with a teacher’s certification. She is a Director of Athletics’ Honor Roll recipient and is on track to graduate in May 2015.

Norton, an outfielder on the baseball team and a North Gwinnett grad, is a history major. He is an AD’s Honor Roll selection as well as a president’s list recipient, and also on track to graduate in May 2015. Norton also was named GGC’s Champions of Character award winner at the NAIA Baseball World Series banquet in Lewiston, Idaho, last week.

The Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete program recognizes excellence in the classroom by NAIA-member student-athletes who are juniors or above in academic standing with a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA.

“We are very proud of Heather and Kyle for being our first-ever winners of this outstanding award,” GGC Athletic Director Darin Wilson said. “These two individuals are model student-athletes who embrace what it means to be a Grizzly and are outstanding examples for their teammates.”

Kilar started all 50 games for the Grizzly softball team, batting .344 with 38 RBIs as GGC went 39-10-1.

Norton made 52 appearances for the Grizzly baseball team, batting .408 on the year with 24 runs scored. The Grizzlies went 53-13 on the year and Norton went 3-for-4 at the plate in World Series action.