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- Victor Olayemi Ojeleye
by Craig T. Greenlee

Victor Ojeleye’s devotion to exercising due diligence on the basketball court and in the classroom served him well at Kansas State. But there’s so much more to Ojeleye than baseline jumpers and a stellar grade-point average. He also has the heart of a servant.

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- Chelsea Tanille Garcia
by Diane Hayes

Softball, a love of learning and an extremely competitive spirit runs in Chelsea Garcia’s family. After choosing softball over ballet, jazz and tap dance, Garcia credits her father for her wins and her mother for her academic discipline.

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  • Jeremy T. Perry

    Jeremy Perry completed 48 passes for 702 yards and five touchdowns through seven games this season as a member of the Tennessee State University football team. He threw the longest pass in nearly 10 years with an 89-yard touchdown strike. He serves on the TSU student-athlete advisory committee and has a 4.0 GPA.

  • Mustafa Chopan

    Mustafa Chopan started 14 of 16 matches as a central defender and midfielder for the University of California, Davis soccer team in 2011. In 2012, he was named the Big West Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. He also was named to the Capital One All-America third team in 2011 and the Big West Fall All-Academic team for three consecutive years. Chopan has a 3.9 GPA.

  • Guy Kubi

    Guy Kubi, a senior at Winthrop University, helped lead Winthrop’s tennis team and finished the 2011 season 13-9 overall. He was the 2011 Big South Scholar Athlete of the Year and was named to the 2011 Big South All-Academic team. He has been named to the All-Eagle Academic team and the Big South Conference’s Presidential Honor Roll. He has a 3.9 GPA.

  • Miguel - Pineda

    Miguel Pineda has recorded 53 topthree finishes and won 20 titles in gymnastics events as a member of the Penn State team. This season, Pineda served as captain of a Nittany Lion squad that finished the season ranked first in the NCAA. Pineda, has a 3.98 GPA and has also been a two-time Big 10 Distinguished Scholar and three-time CGA First Team All- American Scholar Athlete.

  • Tiago Reichert

    Tiago Reichert maintained a 3.8 GPA as a member of the University of Memphis soccer team. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma National Scholastic Society and a member of the 2011 Conference USA Academic honor roll. As a redshirt junior, he played 237 minutes in 16 matches.

  • Zane Samuel Tharakan

    North Carolina State University senior Zane Tharakan was named to the All-ACC Academic soccer team in both 2010 and 2011. As a senior in 2011, he started six games and played in nine total as an outside defender, finishing the season with a pair of assists. Tharakan has maintained a 4.0 GPA.

  • Darrell Luis Carroll

    Darrell Carroll has amassed career totals of 408 points, 242 rebounds, 40 assists, 18 steals and seven blocks over 84 games as a member of the Catholic University men’s basketball team. The senior is a multiyear member of the Landmark Conference Academic honor roll and a member of Sigma Delta Pi, Gamma Mu and Phi Sigma Tau Honor Societies. Kevin

  • Kevin A Deherrera

    Kevin DeHerrera played in three tennis tournaments during the fall as a member of Valparaiso University’s tennis team, securing two victories with doubles partner Eric Honert. He also was awarded Valparaiso University Student-Athlete Presidential Academic honors and is a consistent presence on the Horizon League honor roll lists. DeHerrera has a 3.8 GPA.

  • Emmanuel Chinedum Acho

    Emmanuel Acho was drafted in April by the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. As a linebacker for the University of Texas, Acho recorded 278 tackles (159 solo), 41 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two INTs, 13 pass break-ups and 26 pressures. Following his senior year, he was named to the All-Big 12 first team and he maintained a 3.5 cumulative GPA.


  • Krista Thi Lopez

    Krista Lopez is top 10 all-time in Oklahoma State University soccer in goals, assists and points and helped the team to a record 22-win season last year. She is ranked ninth nationally for goals scored, with 20 in 2010. Lopez was named to NSCAA All-Central Region first team in 2011 and 2010. She was the Capital 1/ CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year in 2011 for soccer, 2011 and 2010 Academic All-American and OSU Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2012. Lopez has a 3.9 GPA.

  • Jamila S. McKinnis

    Jamila McKinnis, a senior at Stillman College, was named 2011 and 2009 SIAC Volleyball Player of the Year. She also has been named to the volleyball All-Conference team for four seasons. McKinnis is a two-time basketball All- Conference team member and is the national leader in blocked shots as well as a member of the school’s 1,000-point club. She is also a 4.0 honor student, ranked in the top 1 percent of her class and is a top candidate for school valedictorian.

  • Karissa - Garcia

    Pepperdine University’s Karissa Garcia started all 21 games of her senior season on the softball team in the central midfield. She was a member of the Capital One All-District 8 first team, West Coast Conference All-Academic first team and won All-WCC honorable mention in 2011. She is a three-time WCC Commissioner’s honor roll “gold” awardee and holds a 3.9 cumulative GPA. She is a two-time Arthur Ashe Award recipient.

  • Catherine W Chan

    Catherine Chan finished ninth at the 2012 CUNYAC Swimming Championships in the 200-yard breaststroke. She was a member of the 200-yard medley relay team that finished fifth. She has maintained a 3.9 cumulative GPA through four years at Brooklyn College.

  • Miranda Simone Wilson

    Miranda Wilson has won multiple awards in track and field events as a member of the University of Miami’s team. She is fourth all-time at the school in the hammer throw, with a record mark of 52.40m (171- 11.00), and placed seventh in shot put at the ACC Championships with a seasonbest mark of 13.78m (45-02.50). Wilson made the ACC Academic Honor Roll for 2009-2010 and 2010- 2011. She graduated this month with a 4.0 cumulative GPA.

  • Altrese A. Hawkins

    Altrese Hawkins was named a member of the All-Conference USA Volleyball First Team, COBRA Magazine All-Southeast Region Performer, AVCA Honorable Mention All-America and Conference USA All-Academic Team. Hawkins also was named Memphis Invitational Most Valuable Player after leading the Tigers to four-straight victories. The University of Memphis senior is in the Top 10 all time with 1,350 career kills. She finished the season tied for fourth for the most kills in a single season with 532. She has a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

  • Iman T Kennedy

    Iman Kennedy last season was third on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County volleyball team with 188 kills, second in blocks with 80 and had the second-best hitting percentage with 0.287. Kennedy ranks second in school history in block assists (276) and fourth in total blocks (306). She was named to the 2010 and 2011 America East All-Academic teams, America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times and the president’s list (4.0 semester GPA) three times. She has a 3.9 cumulative GPA.

  • Beth Lynn West

    Texas A&M’s Beth West was named to the 2008 Big 12 All-Newcomer soccer team, 2008 Top Drawer soccer all-rookie first team, 2008 Soccer Buzz freshman All-American, 2008 Soccer Buzz All-Central Region Second Team, 2008 Soccer Buzz and All-Freshman Central Region Team her rookie season. In 2011, she was named to the All-Big 12 first team and the NCAA All-Central Region third team. Also in 2011, she was first among Big 12 peers in assists per game in all games (0.64). West has a 3.6 GPA.

  • Bridget Sanchez

    Eastern Illinois University senior and track and field athlete Bridget Sanchez broke the school record for the 4x400m races, finishing with a 3:46.2 time. She is ranked in the Top 10 all-time in nine outdoorand indoor events, and was a member of the Ohio Valley Conference indoor and outdoor championship teams in 2008, 2009 and 2010. She also was named to the All Academic Women’s Track & Field Team in 2011 and serves as president of Psi Chi psychology honor society.

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