Dodson is Scholar Athlete of the YearBy Dave Loveton, sports information
Monday, March 12, 2012
Basketball player has 3.71 GPA
JP Dodson has been selected as SBCC's Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2011-12 school year. The sophomore received his award on Monday during the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry's Plaza Cafe.
Dodson, a 6-foot-1 guard, was the top scorer on the men's basketball team. He has a 3.71 GPA, majoring in physics.
"I like the whole environment at SBCC," said Dodson, who grew up in Santa Barbara and attended San Marcos High. "The teachers are good and I like the facilities. The library is an awesome place. Just the whole environment."
He said the key to being a good student is "keeping on track with all your work and not getting behind. I learned that early on. Being an athlete makes it tougher because you're constantly busy with practice and games."
Two years ago, he had a 4.3 GPA at San Marcos. He was named MVP of the Channel League after helping the Royals to the league title.
Dodson described physics as "a real passion of mine. I want to pursue it as far as I can." He'll continue his studies at UCSB in the fall and plans to try out for the basketball team.
Dodson is a member of the National Honor Society, the California Scholarship Federation, the SBCC Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa.