Group photo of girls' volleyball team

Girls’ volleyball team earns Coaches Association Academic Award for sixth year in a row

For the sixth year in a row, the Penn Manor girls’ varsity volleyball team has earned the United States Marine Corps/American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award.

The Comets also, for the fifth time, were named to the Team Academic Award Honor Roll for earning a cumulative grade-point average in the top 20 percent of all girls’ high school teams in America during 2021-2022.

Penn Manor was the only Pennsylvania high school team to make the honor roll. 

The team’s cumulative GPA was 4.028, and eight of 13 players earned GPAs of 4.0 or higher: Jordan Bailey, Janelle Bowmaster, Magnolia Garvey, Eliana Knaub, Natalie Krahulik, Cassidy McCollum, Sophia Millhouse, and Emma Saylor. 

Senior captain Natalie Krahulik led the team with the highest GPA, at 5.0625, and was named class valedictorian.

“This award demonstrates that Penn Manor’s girls’ volleyball athletes are some of the hardest-working student athletes in the district, if not the whole state and nation,” said head coach Tim Joyce.

“The honor also acknowledges the valuable opportunities that Penn Manor provides to its students by offering so many weighted honors and dual-enrollment collegiate classes,” he said. “Credit must also go to the teachers and staff of Penn Manor High School.”

Teachers have provided flexibility to team member who have missed classes due to tournament traveling, Joyce said, allowing them to keep up with their work.

Congratulations, ladies, on this tremendous award, and thank you to all the Penn Manor teachers, coaches and parents who helped make this possible.