MAY 12, 2008
KING'S VENARCHICK NAMED
TO ESPN THE MAGAZINE DISTRICT II ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
-- King's College baseball standout Jon Venarchick
(Lehighton/Lehighton Area) has been named to the 2008 ESPN The
Magazine District II All-Academic Team as a second-team selection.
To be nominated, student-athletes must maintain a minimum 3.20
overall grade-point average and be at least a sophomore in class
standing. It marked the second straight year Venarchick was named a
second-team All-District II selection.
Academically. Venarchick owns a 3.59 grade-point average
in biology and has been named to the
King's Dean's List on four occasions. He was named to both the Alpha
Epsilon Delta Honor and Aquinas Honor societies.
Venarchick has also been heavily involved with community service
through the King's baseball program's Extra Inning Club. He has
volunteered to visit the elderly at River St. Manor; read to
students at Pringle St. Elementary; serve food at St. Vincent DePaul
Kitchen; and works with the local Headstart program. He has also
volunteered three years with local Challenger Division Baseball
League and played in marathon fund-raising games for Parents of
Downs Syndrome and the Mike Coolbaugh Foundation.
On the field, Venarchick started 37 games for the Monarchs at both
third-base and the outfield where he enjoyed an outstanding junior
year. He finished the season with a .393 (59-150) batting average
recording 11 doubles, two home runs, one triple, 35 RBI, and scored
33 runs while going 9-for-9 in stolen bases.
"Jon has been a tremendous asset to not only the King's College
baseball team, but to the college and local communities as well,"
said King's sports information director Bob Ziadie, who nominated
Venarchick for the award. "He has been a superb player at King's for
three years; is an outstanding student; and is a dedicated community
volunteer. In a day and age where some people find it difficult to
manage a full course load, Jon has been able to balance academic,
athletics, and community service in a highly successful manner. He
is very deserving of this honor and stands a great representative of
the King's College Athletic Department."