HAGUE - The National Junior College Athletic Association is proud to announce Jocelyn Fischer of Hague has received national recognition.
Fischer, a student at Adirondack Community College in Queensbury, is the winner of the 2009-2010 Lea Plarski Award given by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
The Plarski Award is handed out annually by the NJCAA to the student-athlete who exemplifies sportsmanship, leadership, community service and academic excellence coupled with athletic ability and achievement.
The Hague woman is the lone recipient of the award. There are 57,000 junior college athletes nationally.
She is the daughter of Pam and Robert Fischer.
Fischer led Adirondack as captain of the women's tennis squad, while also contributing in her community.
Fischer is currently pursuing a degree in nursing and volunteers with the Hague Fire Department as a critical care emergency medical technician. She also serves as an EMT with the Warrensburg EMS.
As part of her volunteer work Fischer has created her own training videos to help instruct fellow EMS staff members and students. She also teaches EMT continuing education courses, is the webmaster of the Hague Fire Department website and regularly visits local schools to lecture about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Outside of her commitments in the medical service community, Fischer has volunteered for the past seven years at the Silver Bay YMCA Conference Center, giving tennis lessons, teaching weight training, first-aid courses, lifeguarding and photography classes, while also helping with marketing and day-to-day operations.
Fischer has also found time to excel on the tennis court. She has earned both All-Mountain Valley Conference and All-Region 3 honors in back-to-back seasons at Adirondack CC. She was the No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles finalist the past two seasons in Region 3. She helped guide Adirondack to its first undefeated regular season in school history in 2008-09.
The two-time Adirondack CC Female Athlete of the Year has also found time to complete two triathlons and earn a Black Belt in Taekwondo. She also traveled to South Africa to study nursing through the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Fischer, a NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American in 2008-09, looks to continue to pursue her nursing degree.
The 2010 NJCAA Lea Plarski Award will be presented to Fischer at the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance (CTSA) 12th annual AT&T National Sportsmanship Awards banquet.
Tabbed the "Most Inspiring Night in Sports," the National Sportsmanship Awards banquet honors the nation's top athletes and administrators who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship, citizenship, ethical conduct and community service. Award recipients represent the CTSA's member organizations, including the NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, National Federation of State High School Associations, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League.
Athletes who have been recognized at previous CTSA banquets include St. Louis Cardinal slugger and former NJCAA All-American Albert Pujols, New York Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett, former Houston Astro Craig Biggio, Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwyn, Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Crawford, NFL quarterback Marc Bulger and NBA veteran Grant Hill.