Massucco Named to First Team Academic All-America

Jessie MassuccoBerea College junior Jessie Massucco has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America soccer team. Selection for the First Team All-America designation is made by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.30 GPA and be a starter or key reserve on his team. Massucco carries a 3.94 GPA. Out of the 22 First Team members, Massucco is one of just eight players whose GPA is above 3.90.  

Massucco, a three year starter for Berea College, has been the Mountaineers’ primary offensive weapon for the past two seasons. In 2014, led the team in goals (nine), points (22), shots (28), shots on goal (12), and was second in assists with four.  His season high came against Crown College, when he scored nine points (four goals and one assist). 

A junior from Moravian Falls, NC, Massucco is majoring in Agriculture and Natural Resources. He was named to the College Division All-District team earlier this month. That selection advanced his name for consideration for his All-America selection. In achieving this honor, Massucco joins other Berea College students who down through the decades have distinguished themselves as nationally recognized scholar athletes.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.