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- Darius Law
by William J. Ford

At a recent talk with 20 middle school boys with academic and behavioral problems at an alternative school in Charlotte, N.C., Darius Law made the case as a living example that earning good grades, studying and setting goals are “cool.”

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- Marcia Newby
by Lois Elfman

It’s easy to spot Marcia Newby, a member of the University of Georgia women’s gymnastics team, a powerhouse that has won five national championships in the last six seasons. She has the biggest and heaviest book bag.

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  • Roman Martinez

    Roman Martinez, a senior business administration major, led the University of New Mexico in 3-point percentage and ranked second in scoring in 35 games at forward in the 2009-10 season. The El Paso, Texas, native has earned Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors three times and has also participated in a 2009 summer mentorship program in various Albuquerque, N.M., community centers. He has a 3.48 cumulative GPA.

  • Robert Griffin III

    Robert Griffin III, a sophomore political science major, accounted for a school-record 28 touchdowns (15 passing, 13 rushing) as a true freshman quarterback at Baylor University (Texas) in 2008. Griffin tore his right anterior cruciate ligament against visiting Northwestern State University on Sept. 26 and missed the final nine games of the 2009 season. The Cooperas Cove, Texas, native speaks at elementary schools and participates in Food For Families can food drives. He has a 3.58 cumulative GPA.

  • Christopher Pintado

    Christopher Pintado, a senior finance major, has made 24 career special teams starts for the University of Florida, which spent seven weeks atop the 2009 Bowl Championship Series standings. Pintado has twice made the Fall Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll. An avid community service volunteer, the 5-foot-11, 209-pound linebacker works with the Alachua County Health Department’s tobacco prevention organization to develop policies for smoke-free environments in the county. He holds a 3.4 cumulative GPA.

  • Adam H Rundh

    Adam Rundh, a senior finance and international business major, led Valparaiso University (Ind.) in quarterback hurries and tied for third on the team in tackles for loss in seven games as a defensive lineman in 2009. Rundh received the Outstanding International Student Award from VU’s Office of International Studies this semester. The Aalbarg, Denmark, native participated in a volunteer tutoring program at a Valparaiso elementary school throughout February. He has a 3.95 cumulative GPA.

  • Kevyn Scott

    Kevyn Scott, a junior information management and technology major, tied for the team lead in passes defensed and ranked second in pass breakups in eight starts at defensive back for Syracuse University (N.Y.) in 2009. Scott received an invitation to the 2009 University Presidential Inaugural Conference in Washington as a member of the National Honor Society. The Tamarac, Fla., native visits the Onondaga County Justice Center in Syracuse to speak with teenagers. He holds a 3.41 cumulative GPA.

  • Desmond Maurice Taylor

    Desmond Taylor, a communication studies graduate student, started five games at left guard for Northwestern University (Ill.) in 2009 and was named the team’s offensive player of the week for his performance in a Sept. 12 win against visiting Eastern Michigan University. Taylor earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the second consecutive season in 2009. The Los Angeles native volunteers with the Campus Kitchen at Northwestern, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger in the Evanston, Ill., community. He has a 4.0 cumulative GPA.

  • Evans Kosgei

    Evans Kosgei, a junior computer science and engineering major at Lehigh University, placed second at the 2009 Patriot League Cross Country Championship. Kosegi, the first Lehigh runner to earn Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year honors, has made the dean’s list — which requires a minimum 3.60 GPA— every semester of his undergraduate career. The Moiben, Kenya, native also mentors 10 young men from his homeland. He holds a 3.95 cumulative GPA.

  • Justin Taylor Kremer

    Justin Kremer, a senior art major, competed in the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships on Arizona State University’s 1,600-meter relay team. Kremer earned Academic All-Pac 10 honors in the 2009 outdoor season. The Grand Canyon, Ariz., native is a member of ASU’s student-athlete advisory committee. He holds a 3.93 cumulative GPA.

  • Kenneth Avila

    Kenneth Avila, a senior economics and legal studies major, led Northwestern University (Ill.) with a .298 batting average in 2009 while splitting time between center field and designated hitter. The Corpus Christi, Texas, native also earned a 2009 Academic All-Big Ten selection and helped raise $10,000 for a New York elementary school through the help of J.P Morgan. He holds a 3.47 cumulative GPA.

  • Kirin Mushtaq Khan

    Kirin Khan, a senior political, legal and economic analysis major, is a starboard-side sweep rower in the varsity four and eight for Mills College (Calif.) women’s crew. Khan, an Academic Honors student, has encouraged academic excellence as a peer tutor and a teaching assistant at Mills since 2008. The Albuquerque, N.M., native volunteers as an ambassador for the Mills admissions office, meeting with prospective students and speaking on panels about her experience as a student-athlete. She has a 3.85 cumulative GPA.

  • Maranda Smith

    Maranda Smith, a senior anthropology major, earned All-America honors in all-around, floor exercise and vault for the University of Florida women’s gymnastics team in 2009. Smith also made the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll last year. The Placerville, Calif., native has volunteered for the March of Dimes by visiting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. She has a 3.41 cumulative GPA.

  • Danielle Stallings

    Danielle Stallings, a junior history/pre-law major, led Spelman College’s women’s soccer team in shots on goal and earned her third consecutive Great South Athletic Conference All-Conference selection in 2009. Stallings has made the dean’s list in each of her semesters at Spelman. The Plano, Texas, native volunteers for Hands on Atlanta, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals, families, corporate and community groups find flexible volunteer opportunities at more than 400 service organizations and schools. She holds a 3.85 cumulative GPA.

  • Bree Thornton

    Bree Thornton, a senior psychology major, ranked among the top-five team leaders in goals and points for the University of Missouri women’s soccer team in 2009. Thornton last fall also earned Academic All-Big 12 first team honors for the second straight season. The Lake View Terrace, Calif., native has collected soccer balls for the Kick for Nick Foundation, a program that distributes soccer balls to impoverished children in Iraq. She has a 3.6 cumulative GPA.

  • Katrina Gaudier

    Katrina Gaudier, a senior English major, pitched the 15th no-hitter in Drexel University (Pa.) softball history against St. Francis University on March 15, 2009. Gaudier has remained a fixture on Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences dean’s list since 2006. The Irvine, Calif., native has volunteered for Drexel’s Inspire a Child to Dream Day, an event where children age 9-16 tour the campus and attend group sessions and programs organized by various university departments. She holds a 3.77 cumulative GPA.

  • Nana Bulaba Sang-Bender

    Nana Sang-Bender, an international relations graduate student, competed on Syracuse University’s 3,200-meter relay team that earned an Eastern College Athletic Conference-qualifying time at the 2009 Big East Indoor Championships. Sang-Bender has twice earned Big East All-Academic selections. Last summer, the Syracuse native served as research intern for the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Africa program, which conducts research and analysis on major elements of U.S. policy toward Africa. She holds a 3.41 cumulative GPA.

  • Windy Santa Cruz

    Windy Santa Cruz, a senior chemistry major, ranked as one of Valparaiso’s top middle-distance runners throughout the 2009 outdoor season. Cruz received the Lumina Award, which VU’s College of Arts and Sciences presents to junior students whose accumulated GPA for the five preceding semesters is 3.60 or above, in the fall 2009 semester. As a member of VU’s Chemistry Club since 2007, she has participated in Chemistry in the Schools, an outreach program that puts club members in fifth-grade classrooms for hourlong chemistry demonstrations. She has a 3.92 cumulative GPA.

  • Aundeah Kearney

    Aundeah Kearney, a senior English major, recorded the eighth-best long jump (18’ 4.5”) in Princeton University history at the 2008 Larry Ellis Invitational. Kearney has published an article, “The Emancipation of Approximation: The Social Work of Kara Walker’s Imagery” in the Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Journal. For three consecutive summers, the Paterson, N.J., native has participated in the Princeton Internships in Civic Service program and has chosen to work with the Girls Preparatory Charter School of New York and The East Harlem School at Exodus House. She has a 3.2 cumulative GPA.

  • Margaret Antwinette Smith

    Margaret Smith, a senior psychology major, ranked among Dartmouth College’s (N.H.) leaders in blocks, rebounds and steals as a starting guard/forward in the 2009-10 season. During her sophomore spring semester, Smith participated in a 10-week language study abroad program in Puebla, Mexico, where she studied Mexican language and culture. The Fort Worth, Texas, native has mentored children at a local shelter and has tutored elementary school students. She holds a 3.3 cumulative GPA.

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