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  • Paul Pitts III

    A junior wide receiver for San Diego State University’s Aztecs, Paul Pitts III is a five-time scholar-athlete and two-time dean’s list winner. During his sophomore year, he received the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Idaho Sports Medicine Institute Humanitarian Award. Pitts supports youth and emphasizes the importance and benefits of sports for elementary children.

  • Deterrian Shackleford

    A University of Mississippi graduate student, Deterrian Shackelford received a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA to play in 2014 for the Rebels. Last year, he played in every game at linebacker and defensive end
    with two starts at DE after missing two years with knee injuries. Shackelford was selected as an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and has been on the SEC Academic Honor Roll for five consecutive years.

  • Shavon O'Day Shields

    Sophomore Shavon Shields plays guard and forward for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Huskers. During his freshman year in 2012-13, he played in 29 games, racking up a .676 free-throw percentage and 5.1
    rebounds per game. As a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Shields was 11th in conference rebounding.  A microbiology major, Shields was onthe Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in 2012 and 2013.

  • Jeremy Towns

    As a senior, Samford University’s Jeremy Towns served as a backup on the defensive line and saw action in all 11 games during the 2012 season. He finished with 36 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2013. Towns has been on the dean’s list and earned Southern Conference Academic All-Conference honors, majoring in sports medicine.

  • Justin Bullock

    Justin L. Bullock is a mid-distance runner on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s men’s track and field team. As a junior last season, he earned his second All-America honor in indoor track and field as a member of the distance medley relay team.  The senior chemical engineering major volunteered last summer in the epidemiology department at a hospital in Mexico.

  • Iosua Siliva

    A defensive end for Austin Peay State University’s football team, senior Iosua A. Siliva played eight games during the 2013 season, missing four due to a leg fracture. He started in all 11 contests in 2012, making 28 total tackles. He is a four-time member of the president’s list, along with three other semesters on the dean’s list.   A Vailoa, America Samoa, native, Siliva is on track to graduate in May with a 3.89 GPA in agriculture with a concentration in sustainable development.

  • Jonathan Coleman

    A defensive back for the Kansas State Wildcats, senior Jonathan Coleman had three tackles in eight career games. He’s actively involved in community service efforts, including coordinating food drives for the holidays and collecting gifts for families in need. He also volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club and Humane Society.

  • Kevin Junior Ware

    As a guard for the University of Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball team, Kevin Ware scored at least five points off the bench on 18 occasions, including scoring eight or more points five times in his last 12 games
    as a sophomore. He was a Big East Tournament Champion, NCAA National Champion (2012-13), on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and a Big East Scholar, all in 2012-13.

  • Lance Gray

    Junior Lance Gray, a member of Oklahoma State University’s track and cross-country teams, logged two top 10 finishes last year: seventh in the 400 meters at the Tulsa Duels (50.85) and eighth in the 800 meters
    at the 2013 Michael Johnson Classic (1:54.08). He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.

  • Dorian Hairston

    A right-handed outfielder for the University of Kentucky’s baseball team, sophomore Dorian Hairston batted .286 and had a .375 on-base percentage in limited time in his freshman year. In the 2014 season,
    he’s batting .500. Hairston made the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in fall 2013 for highest GPA on the team.

  • Deja Mann

    Deja M. Mann is co-captain and starting guard of Arizona State University’s women’s basketball team. Though a torn ACL caused her to sit out the 2012-2013 season, this season Mann was the team’s leader in coring (11.1 ppg), 3-pointers (46) and free throw percentages (85.4). She’s ranked seventh overall in the Pac-12 Conference in free throw percentage.  Currently working on her master’s in liberal studies, she’s a fivetime
    Sun Devil scholar-athlete.

  • Sarah Means

    Since joining Florida Gulf Coast University’s women’s tennis team in 2012, junior Sarah Means has become one of the Eagles’ top performers, accumulating 42 wins. Consistently playing the No. 1 singles position,
    Means is 18-8 overall for the season. A pre-business management major with a 3.90 GPA, Means’ academic recognitions include the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, president’s list and dean’s list. She volunteers frequently in the community.

  • Carlotta Pham

    A senior majoring in mechanical engineering, Carlotta Pham competes in cross-country and track for the University of California, Irvine. She was a Big West qualifier last season in the 5,000 meters and UC Irvine’s top runner at the NCAA Inter-Regional Jamboree. Pham was named a UCI Scholar-Athlete in 2009-2010.

  • Kierra Smith

    Kierra Smith is an intermediate hurdler on the women’s track and field team at Augustana College. She was an NCAA Division III All-American in 2013, finishing seventh in the 400-meter hurdles at the outdoor national meet. Also in 2013, Smith was named co-MVP for Augustana after both the indoor and outdoor seasons. A senior political science and accounting major, she received the 2013 Advancing Women in Accounting Scholarship from the Illinois CPA Society.

  • Kastine Evans

    In her senior year, Kastine Evans has played for the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team for four years.  She is sixth on the team in scoring this year, shooting 32 percent from three-point territory. The business management major was awarded UK’s Darrell A. VanMeter Community Service Award after creating her own nonprofit organization called “Shooting at Success,” which teaches children strong character development, how to establish dynamic and powerful personalities and how to achieve in academics and life.

  • Louise van den Heuvel

    Louise van den Heuvel is a twotime All-American in indoor track and field, earning both distinctions as a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s distance medley relay team. She currently holds the MIT school record in the indoor mile. She is a member of the MIT Student-Athlete Advisory Committee executive committee and treasurer of the MIT chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

  • Tia Gibbs

    University of Louisville senior Tia Gibbs is averaging 8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game this year. She scored a careerhigh 23 points at Oklahoma this season.  As a business major, Gibbs has been on the dean’s list and athletic director’s honor roll for four consecutive years.  She devotes her free time to community service organizations, among them, Girls on the Run and Habitat for Humanity.

  • Glory Zhou

    As one of the strongest singles players on Benedict College’s women’s tennis team, Senior Glory T. Zhou was named to the SIAC All-Conference First Team in singles. On the academic dean’s list, Zhou, a native of Mutare, Zimbabwe, is a prospective spring 2014 summa cum laude graduate majoring in environmental health science.

  • Jessica Glennie

    A member of the rowing team, Jessica Glennie helped the University of Texas at Austin second varsity 8+ team place third at the Big 12 Championship in the 2012-2013 season. The senior architecture major and Auckland, New Zealand, native is a three-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll winner and the 2013 CRCA National Scholar-Athlete.

  • Terae Sweeting

    A junior accounting major from Nassau, The Bahamas, Terae Sweeting is an outside hitter on Benedict College’s women’s volleyball team.In 2013, she was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Conference Volleyball Team. As a sophomore, Sweeting had a .273 hitting percentage. She’s a student member of the board of trustees and on the All-Conference Academic Team in three sports: softball, volleyball and track.

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