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by Cassandra West

After a basketball game or hard practice, don’t expect to find Sai Tummala taking a break or chilling out. Expect to find the lights on and his head buried in an organic chemistry. A junior at Arizona State University (ASU) with another year of athletic eligibility, Tummala learned recently that he scored in the 80th percentile on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). He flew to Dallas for less than 24 hours in January to take the test.

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- Krystal Rivers
by Cassandra West

Krystal Rivers always rises to meet a challenge, whether it’s on the volleyball court, in the classroom or in her personal life. In the last year, Rivers has maintained a 3.8 grade point average and made history by becoming the first University of Alabama women’s volleyball player to be named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Third Team All-America list.

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  • Caylin Moore

    Marist College backup
    quarterback Caylin Moore
    excels on the field and off.
    An economics major and
    psychology minor, he has
    made the dean’s list each
    of his semesters at Marist
    College and is the first Red
    Fox to receive the US-UK
    Fulbright Summer Institutes
    scholarship. Moore is
    involved in numerous
    community service efforts
    including the Special
    Olympics, the White Ribbon Campaign, Take Back the Night, and
    the Dutchess ARC, which serves members of Dutchess County
    with developmental disabilities.

  • Brian Barney

    University of Cincinnati (UC) senior track and field middledistance runner Brian Barney was named the American Athletic Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2014-15. At the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships this year, Barney led the men’s distance medley relay. He and his teammates finished with a time of 10:09.54, the sixth fastest in the university’s history. Barney was president of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., president of the ADVANCE diversity program and a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

  • Felipe Da Silva

    Felipe da Silva, whose
    hometown is Rio de Janeiro,
    Brazil, has been making
    the most of his time at the
    University of Nebraska
    Omaha. A senior business
    finance and investment
    major, da Silva is also a threeyear
    letter winner for the
    Mavericks, and has been
    named twice to the Summit
    League Academic All-League
    team. He has made both the
    Dean’s and the Chancellor’s
    Lists, and consistently volunteers for youth soccer clinics and
    elementary school mentoring programs.

  • Suleiman Thomas

    Suleiman Thomas is a soccer forward at Valparaiso University. He appeared in one match in his freshman season with the Crusaders. A sophomore, Thomas is majoring in business management and digital media. He is heavily involved in community service, such as tutoring with preschool, elementary and middle school students; collecting food for and serving at the Café Manna; and assisting with MLK Day diversity events, among other activities.

  • Edwin Rogers

    Edwin (E.J.) Rogers is
    a Norfolk State University
    redshirt senior majoring
    in mass communications.
    He has been named to the
    MEAC Commissioner’s All-
    Academic Team and the
    Virginia Sports Information
    Directors (VaSID) Academic
    All-State Team several years
    in a row. As a junior, he
    was a member of NSU’s
    all-academic team as the
    upperclassman football
    player with the highest cumulative GPA. He has served as an
    academic tutor and as a youth leader at the New Life Open Bible
    Church since 2003.

  • Ezra Baeli-Wang

    A peace, war and defense major, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sophomore Ezra Baeli- Wang is also minoring in creative writing and Chinese. He was elected to be captain of the fencing team as a freshman, and qualified for the NCAA Regionals in his first year. Baeli-Wang is a first-year recipient of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. He has helped organize and run the annual Galloway Ridge 5K event to benefit Alzheimer’s awareness and research as a freshman and sophomore. Baeli-Wang is co-chair of the legislative subcommittee in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a member of the Rising Stars program at the Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy.

  • Michael Salguero

    Graduating with a civil engineering degree this past December, Michael Salguero was on the Valparaiso University cross-country team. He ran the 5K in 16:35.52 and posted a top time of 9:20.12 in the 3K indoors. Salguero was named to the Horizon League Fall Academic All-League and the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll this past fall. In addition to his academic work, he volunteered for Operation Christmas Child. Salguero assisted with organizing diversity events on campus on MLK Day, too.

  • Paul Stewart

    Paul (Andrew) Stewart is a University of Louisville senior majoring in political science. He runs indoor and outdoor track and cross country, and his personal best for the indoor mile event is 4:10.39. Off the field, he made the Dean’s List every year from 2011 to 2014. Additionally, he is fully committed to an extensive array of volunteer opportunities, including working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) to rebuild homes devastated by tornadoes. Stewart traveled to the town of Mango Creek in Belize on a mission trip in the summer of 2014.

  • Igor Braga

    As a freshman, Igor Braga was named MEAC Rookie of the Year, the first Norfolk State University student to be accorded that honor since 2006. Braga has not slowed down since. As a junior, Braga was named the NSU Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Brasilia, Brazil, native plays tennis for the Spartans, and is a member of the NSU Honors College. He is majoring in computer science.

  • Luis Ochoa Ramirez

    Luis (Jerry) Ochoa Ramirez, a junior majoring in finance at the University of Louisville, has maintained a 4.0 GPA every semester. He plays soccer for the Cardinals and has made the Athletic Director’s and Dean’s Lists since 2012. He is involved with the FCA and on the executive board of the Student- Athlete Advisory Committee. Ramirez is a native of Chihuahua, Mexico.

  • Alexis Cooper

    Arizona State University junior Alexis Cooper is a pitcher for the Sun Devils softball team. She finished her sophomore season with a 3.65 earned run average in 15.1 innings pitched. As a nursing major, she was named a Sun Devil Scholar-Athlete five times and to the Dean’s List for five semesters. Cooper volunteers at youth softball clinics. She volunteered at the Methodist Hospital in Sacramento, California, during the summer of 2014.

  • Lina Padegimaite

    A native of Kaunas, Lithuania, Lina Padegimaite is a senior tennis player at The University of Texas at Austin, where she majors in exercise science. She was named Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year in 2012. Padegimaite has continued to stack awards as Team Academic MVP in 2013-14, and was named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar in 2014. She is also a three-time Provost Award winner.

  • Averee Fields

    West Virginia University
    (WVU) senior varsity
    basketball player Averee
    Fields majors in social work
    with a minor in psychology.
    Her academic work is
    impressive — in addition to
    being named to the Big 12 All-
    Academic First Team for the
    past three years, she recently
    earned Academic All-America Second Team honors. As a senior, Fields was named All-Big
    12 Honorable Mention. She has dedicated hundreds of hours
    of service work to the Morgantown community, via Stepping
    Stones, an organization that helps individuals with special needs,
    and volunteered at local hospitals and the WVU Child Learning

  • Brittney Reid

    Brittney Reid is a track and field standout at Oklahoma State University (OSU), where she majors in sports management. Her best time in the 60-meter dash is 7.91 seconds, 11.86 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 24.79 seconds in the 200-meter event. Reid has already made her mark academically, making the President’s, Dean’s and Commissioner’s Honor Rolls many times over. The senior is a Big 12 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award winner and volunteers for a multitude of organizations, including local food drives, the children’s hospital, homeless shelters, parks and the TRIO Program.

  • Victoria Fubara

    Victoria Fubara is a soccer forward at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The junior is a two-time varsity letter winner and is the first player in the school’s history to win multiple academic team awards from Conference USA. In 2014 and 2013, she made the Conference USA All- Academic 2nd Team and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society in 2014. Fubara is majoring in psychology and pre-med and is active in volunteering efforts in the Charlotte area.

  • Michael Macchiavello

    Andrea Macchiavello is a junior at Norfolk State University (NSU), where she majors in business entrepreneurship. Her leadership on the tennis team and on campus was apparent early on. As a freshman, she was named team MVP, and as a sophomore was named the NSU Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Team Spirit Award winner. Macchiavello was also an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete in her freshman and sophomore years, and made the Dean’s List and Honor Roll in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2014, she was invited to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Leadership Institute.

  • Katelyn Trevino

    University of Missouri senior gymnast Katelyn Trevino is making a comeback after suffering a season-ending injury as a junior. Despite her injury, she was named co-captain of the team for the 2014 season. As a sophomore, she took home the Big 12 Championship floor title, where she earned a score of 9.900 for the event. Some of her career highlights include earning 9.875 twice on the vault in 2012 and a 9.800 on the bars against Illinois in 2011. She is working toward a master’s in positive coaching. Trevino has volunteered for a variety of causes, including Starlight Reading, Habitat for Humanity and a Read-a-Thon at Field Elementary School.

  • Nicole Bardaji

    Baylor University senior Nicole Bardaji is majoring in health science studies and pre-physical therapy. She plays volleyball for the Bears and had a breakout season in 2013, when she tied for second on the team in blocks and was third on the team in kills. She made the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll six times and the Baylor Dean’s List six times as well. She was also recognized with the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award. Bardaji earned Academic All- District this year. In her junior year, Bardaji traveled to Zambia with the Baylor Sports Ministry.

  • Jessica Glennie

    Jessica Glennie may have been an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar finalist last year, but she surpassed her many prior accomplishments by winning a Rhodes Scholarship from her home nation of New Zealand in 2014. She is just starting the spring racing season as a redshirt graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture. Prior to missing her senior year of rowing, she represented UT-Austin racing on the second varsity 8, placing third at the Big 12 Championship in 2013.

  • Bethany Andrews

    Bethany Andrews is a member of the Oklahoma State University pom team. The OSU Distinguished Scholar is majoring in biochemistry with a minor in microbiology. Her goal is to attend medical school and serve as a medical missionary abroad. She won the Academic Excellence Award for Student- Athletes in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Andrews volunteers at the Wish Week Philanthropy Program, the Humane Society, the McAlester Mercy Medical Clinic and the Into the Streets Clean-Up Program.

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