2019 Female Finalists

Gymnast Stephanie Relova is a senior business management major at San José State University. SJSU Gymnastics team captain for two years in a row, Relova is one of the team’s top competitors on bars and beam. Relova was named to the First Team All-MPSF on beam in 2018 and received Specialist of the Week honors in 2017. She has received several honors and awards while at SJSU, such as being named to the First Team All-MPSF on beam in 2018, a three-time NACGC/W Scholastic AllAmerica honoree, two-time Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars, San José President’s Scholar and Academic All-MPSF honoree. She has an overall GPA of 3.92
Lauren Waller, a biology behavioral health major at Penn State University, is a golf sensation. Waller carries a 74 stroke average and is a consistent starter for the Penn State Women’s Golf team since her freshman season and has never missed a collegiate tournament. She is a three-time NCAA Academic All American and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipient and was named the 2017 recipient of the Penn State Katie Futcher Outstanding Academic and Athletic Performance Award. Waller is a member of the Penn State Wellfare Committee which helps to collaborate and implement new ideas to improve student-athletes’ academic endeavors and well-being. Waller also volunteered with Birdies of the Heart where she helped raise funds and awareness for Women’s Heart Health.
Kendall Skuse, who is lacrosse team captain at Buffalo State College, is a senior majoring in speech language pathology. Skuse’s overall stats include a total of 44 points, 23 of which were goals and 21 assists, 31 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers. She is heavily involved in her community, volunteering at the City of Lights, where she decorated downtown Buffalo neighborhoods with Christmas lights; walks and plays with abandoned dogs at the Scottsville Animal Shelter; works at a Soup Kitchen through Church and Foreign Language Honor Society, a Delaware Park Cleanup, a tutor at Buffalo State’s Tutoring Learning Center, a youth sports instructor, recreation supervisor and a camp counselor to third and fourth graders. Skuse was named to the Buffalo State Dean’s List for the 2017-18 academic year and has an overall GPA of 3.98.

2019 Male Finalists

J.T. Escobar, a criminology major at the University of North Florida (UNF), is a basketball sensation. In the 2017-18 season, Escobar played and started in every game, averaging 11.5 points per game. He frequently made the UNF Dean’s List and was ranked fifth in the ASUN for three-point percentage and was nationally listed in the Top 50 for both three-point percentage and points made. Escobar finished the season with 66 rebounds, 43 assists and 91 three-pointers. Escobar has been extremely active in the community, participating in church events with children, providing basketball lessons to underprivileged children and serves as a mentor and leadership teacher to middle and high school students. He also frequently helps load and unload materials for Alzheimer’s Association’s various weekend walk-a-thons.
Volleyball player Sanil Thomas is a finance and marketing major at The Ohio State University. Thomas was a starting setter for all 31 matches of the season and helped steer the team’s offense to a .343 team hitting percentage and 13.44 kills per set, both ranking top-3 nationally. In OSU’s most recent season, Thomas posted a total of 1,309 assists, 16 digs, 39 blocks, 31 aces and seven kills. With an overall GPA of 3.847, Thomas is a two-time recipient of the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award, a three-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree and was awarded a National Buckeye Scholar and Maximus Scholarship. Thomas is a frequent advocate of Team IMPACT, which matches children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses with local college athletic teams to help build strength, camaraderie and support. He also participates with Buckeye Buddies, closely interacting with BuckeyeThon miracle families and spending time with children diagnosed with cancer and other lifethreatening diseases.
North Carolina State University graduate student Grant Rivers is a track and cross country superstar and studies communication. Rivers placed 5th in the outdoor decathlon at the ACC Championships during the 2018 season and was selected to the Second Team All-ACC Honors in the decathlon placing 5th overall. He also made the Bermuda National team in 2017 and trained for the Olympics. Rivers’ volunteer work focuses on helping children and families in need, in addition to the Boys and Girls Club, working at youth track camps and mentoring high school athletes. He has written chapters for a book titled Reimagining Communication and is working on a second publication set to be finished in fall 2019. He has a 3.889 overall GPA.

2019 Female Semi-Finalists

Cheerleader Amari Black is a Fayetteville State University junior, majoring in English language and literature with a minor in Spanish. The 2018-19 cheerleading captain was named a 2018-19 All-Central Athletic Association Cheerleader and her stunt skills range from basic twolegged stunts, to one-legged stunts, to twist cradles and high flying basket tosses. She often volunteers when not competing or practicing, working with breast and colon cancer awareness projects, working in the local March to the Polls and at SAAC’s canned food drive, toiletry collection for the homeless and sock drive. Black has been named to the Fayetteville State Dean’s List, a Fayetteville State Chancellor’s Scholar and received a Scholar Athlete Award.
Arizona State University senior Katelyn Lentz is a member of the women’s gymnastics team and is an interior design major. Named to Pac-12 All-Academic first team by maintaining a 3.92 GPA, Lentz’s personal records include a 9.775 on vault and 9.850 on floor. She scored 9.800s Gymnast on floor in the first two meets of the 2019 season before suffering a season-ending injury when competing against UCLA. Her volunteer work focuses on people’s health and well-being, as she volunteers at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, with the Cystic Fibrosis – Great Strides annual national fundraiser and with the Tempe Healing Fields, a licensed program of the Colonial Flag Foundation where volunteers erect 3,000 flags to honor the almost 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks each year.
Kristin Quah is a bowler at Vanderbilt University, where she majors in electrical and biomedical engineering. A starter on Vanderbilt’s 2018 NCAA Championship team, Quah is a three-time All-American on bowling’s official honor team (NTCA) and was NTCA’s 2016 National Rookie of the Year. She was the recipient of the NCAA’s Elite 90 Award for having the highest GPA of all competitors – an overall GPA of 3.966 – and was named to nine all-tournament teams throughout her time on the team and has won four Most Valuable Player Awards at various tournaments. Quah has completed over 75 hours of community service, volunteering at events such as Feed the Children; SAAC Holiday Party, which benefitted local Caldwell and Buena Vista elementary schools; SAAC Field Day that benefitted Buena Vista Elementary; and is a V2 School of Engineering mentor and engineering department tutor.
Nina Radulovic is a senior majoring in psychology and political science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A rifle team member, Radulovic’s career bests include a smallbore score of 586 and an air rifle score of 593. With an overall GPA of 3.833, Radulovic has been on the Dean’s List and Nebraska Scholar AthleteHonor Roll every semester since she first enrolled at the university. In 2017 and 2018, she earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and academic All-Big Ten honors and was a two-time recipient of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award. She has a wide range of volunteering experience, working in community events such as carnivals or school fun nights for the Husker Heroes Outreach Event for Special Needs children and Friendship Home for Victims of Domestic Violence.
Rugby player Juah Toe is a junior psychology major at West Chester University. She is a three-time PSAC Academic Honor Roll recipient, was named to West Chester AD Academic Honor Roll for five consecutive times and is a member of the university’s Dean’s List. Her overall career stats include 3 trys, 15 points and 8 total games played. Toe does a lot of fundraising for South Africa, such as for Study Abroad programs to South Africa, for South African organizations that provide children with after school programs and assistance with homework. She also helps establish recreational games for children in Pennsylvania to enhance their physical activity and build teamwork in addition to leading “The World Needs More Love Letters” event where people handwrote letters to those around the world who are in need of motivation and provide them with kind words during a rough patch in their life. Toe has a 3.907 overall GPA.
Karrington Winters is a track and cross country athlete at The Ohio State University, where she majors in communication. She is a three-time USTFCCCA First Team All-American, a two-time USTFCCCA Second team All-American, two-time Big Ten Champion and two-time First Team All-Big Ten selection. Winters holds the university record in the indoor 4x400m relay, with a time of 3:31.23 and the indoor 600m, with a time of 1:27.60. She was a part of three of the four fastest indoor 4x400m relays in program history. Winter has received many honors for her 3.8 cumulative GPA, such as the Distinguished Scholar Award, Ohio State Scholar Athlete Award and USTFCCA Academic All-American Award. Winters is a regular volunteer for Active Girls on the Run! and Boys and Girls Club and is an advocate and virtual rider for Peletonia, a weekendevent that raises funds for cancer research at OSU’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – The James.

2019 Male Semi-Finalists

Golfer David Baker is a senior computer science major at Prairie View A&M University. The 2017 Prairie View Men’s Golf MVP, Baker has been named to the 2017-18 SWAC Golf All-First Team and SWAC Tournament Top 5. He is extremely involved in the Prairie View community, volunteering in several highway and campus clean ups, for the House of Help and Houston food banks, assisting with creating shelter after Hurricane Harvey and volunteering as a math and science tutor. Baker’s honors include being selected as a Prairie View Regent Merit Scholar, the Most Outstanding Sophomore Computer Science Student for the 2017-18 academic year and has been on the College of Engineering’s Dean’s List for six semesters.
Myles Brown is a soccer star at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, where he majors in psychology. In 2017, he was selected to the C-USA All-Academic team and played an integral role in helping the 49ers reach the Conference USA Tournament Championship game. Brown recorded 13 shots in his most recent season, with five being on goal. Brown is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has participated in several campus research efforts. For instance, he volunteered for the Health Psychology Research Team in spring 2019 where he evaluated the effects of discrimination on the well-being of African-American students at the Charlotte campus. Brown was nominated for the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Association Award, received the Scholar All-American Award and the Men’s Soccer Team Academic Achievement Recognition. Brown has been named to the Chancellor’s List since 2017 and has a 4.0 overall GPA.
Tennis player Brooks Campbell is a finance major at North Carolina Central University. In the 2017-18 season, he played No. 5-6 singles for the team and went 3-14 wins against Howard, North Carolina A&T and Hampton universities. Campbell also posted a 6-7 No. 3 doubles record, including 3-1 mark in the MEAC Southern Division. The treasurer for the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Campbell was selected to the MEAC All-Academic Team and was named an ITA ScholarAthlete. Campbell has completed 114 community service hours, working at the Church Food Bank Fellowship, Read Across America, Research Triangle Academy Career Day, Boys & Girls Club Trunk or Treat, and is a member of APPLE Institute team that educates the public about alcohol awareness.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges senior Alex Kerai is a member of the school’s sailing team and is an English and media & society double major. Kerai finished first as crew in B Division in first collegiate regatta, which helped Hobart and William Smith win the Arnoff Trophy. He also is the Editorin-Chief for the colleges’ student newspaper The Herald and won the Cobb Prize for his English essay. Kerai has a wide range of volunteer experience, doing lighting design work at the Marblehead Little Theatre, to working with a small group of first grade students on literacy and social skills at Horace Mann Lab School, to filming and editing a series of PSAs for the local non-profit Sustainable Marblehead, to being a sailing instructor and tutor with local Geneva High School students. Kerai has a 3.94 overall GPA.
Anthony Orozco is a member of the wrestling team at Menlo College, where he majors in accounting. The 2018 Menlo Don Baike Male Athlete of the Year, he is currently ranked #2 in the NAIA National Rankings, with a record of 24 wins and 2 losses. Orozco was selected to the CCC All-Conference in wrestling and won first place in the 174 lb. class and was named the 2018 Outstanding Wrestler and 2018 Newcomer of the Year for the Menlo wrestling team. He has helped raise $2,200 in funds for local charities and non-profits that help displaced and homeless families in San Mateo County, for cancer research, that give children in need shoes and gifts and has helped assist seniors and veterans to move into senior homes. He was twice named to the Cascade Collegiate Academic All-Conference and to the college’s Dean’s List for consecutive three semesters.
Lacrosse player Erik Suh is a St. John’s University student majoring in finance. His career stats include appearing in a total of 13 games, with 40 faceoff wins and eight groundballs. Suh is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society and of the BIG EAST AllAcademic team. He has also been named to the university’s Dean’s List from 2016-2018 and has a 3.968 overall GPA. Suh’s service work includes volunteering at the university’s Fun Run, Service Day, with the Ronald McDonald House and with the Boys and Girls Club.