ORLANDO, Florida -- The Scholar Baller program, in conjunction with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS), announced the recipients of the 2013 Academic Momentum Award and of the 40 student-athletes recognized nationally, seven were Texas A&M student-athletes.
“In collegiate athletics we see young people from diverse and varied backgrounds,” Aggie Director of Athletics Eric Hyman said. “We are proud of all of our student-athletes, but there are some who have achieved success by overcoming obstacles and other circumstances that could derail others. We are especially proud of our Aggie student-athletes who have been honored and have shown the same fight and determination in achieving success on the athletics fields, as well as in the classrooms, and in our community.”
The nominations were based on each student-athlete’s academic improvement and the impact each student-athlete’s academic performance has on his or her classmates, teammates, academic advisors and professors.
The top 10 earned first-team honors and Aggie junior basketball player Kourtney Roberson, from Arcadia, Louisiana, was awarded top honors.
The next 15 student-athletes were tabbed second-team award winners with another basketball player, Fabyon Harris, a senior from Chicago, Illinois, being recognized along with Aggie sophomore tennis player Stefania Hristov from Romania.
The final 15 student-athletes earned third-team honors with four Aggies among the group led by Liliana Ibanez, a junior swimming and diving student-athlete from Mexico. Senior track and field standouts Melissa Mays from Harker Heights, Texas, and LaQue Moen-Davis, a sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska, were also honored. Rounding out the Aggie contingent honored by the organization was senior golfer Natalie Reeves from Euless, Texas.
Award nominations included stories of overcoming diversity and persevering through academic and athletic adversity, improving grade point averages through determination and intrinsic motivation, implementing programs aimed at ending violence with local communities, actively participating in community service events including Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity, helping children become educated about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and dealing with financial and family related difficulties.
The NCAS is an ever-growing organization of colleges and universities that provides opportunities for current and former student-athletes to continue their pursuit of higher education, while working in the community with children to address social issues. Established in 1985, the overall mission of the NCAS is “to create a better society by focusing on education attainment and using the power appeal of sport to positively affect social change.”
Listing of all three teams.
The names, schools, majors, and sports of the First Team Academic Momentum Award recipients are:
Melissa Arthur, Rutgers University, Communications, Lacrosse
Markel Brown, Oklahoma State University, Education, Basketball
Shavon Coleman, Louisiana State University, Interdisciplinary studies, Basketball
Anthony Creecy, North Carolina State, Sport Management, Football
Marion Grice, Arizona State University, Interdisciplinary Studies, Football
Larissa Melendez, Adelphi University, Exercise Science, Track and Field
Ariel Morton, Louisiana State University, Interdisciplinary Studies, Tennis
Trovon Reed, Auburn University, Rehabilitation and Disabilities Studies, Football
Kourtney Roberson, Texas A&M, Agricultural Leadership and Development, Basketball
Morgan Steigerwalt, Arizona State University, Exploratory, Gymnastics
The names, schools, majors, and sports of the Second Team Academic Momentum Award recipients are:
Mohammed Ahmed, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science, Track and Field
Danielle Bowcut, Idaho State University, Radiology, Track and Field
Francisco Dias, George Washington University, Business Administration, Tennis
Fabyon Harris, Texas A&M, Youth and Development, Basketball
Stefania Hristov, Texas A&M, Sport Management, Tennis
Andrae Kirk, Florida Atlantic University, Criminal Justice, Football
Ashley Kotero, Auburn University, Public Administration, Soccer
Danni Jackson, George Washington University, Leadership Development, Basketball
Alysha Lewis, Florida International University, Track and Field
David Lewis, Adelphi University, Management Information Services, Track and Field
Devin Marshall, Arizona State University, Family and Human Development, Soccer
Denzell Perine, Florida International University, Criminal Justice, Football
Michael Quinn, Florida Atlantic University, International Business, Soccer
Nick Visicaro, Rutgers University, Human Resources and Labor Studies, Wrestling
Erin Willoughby, Oklahoma State University, Undecided, Equestrian
The names, schools, majors, and sports of the Third Team Academic Momentum Award recipients are:
Promise Amukamara, Arizona State University, Communications, Basketball
Dana Costello, Monmouth University, Health and Physical Education, Soccer
Michael Franco, Florida International University, Criminal Justice, Baseball
Sophie Godley, Florida International University, Recreation & Sports Management, Golf
Liliana Ibañez, Texas A&M, Urban and Regional Science, Swimming
Tyler Iocco, Queens College, Physical Education, Soccer
Ed Kramer, Monmouth University, Business, Track and Field
Melissa Mays, Texas A&M, Agricultural Leadership and Development, Track and Field
Riley McCormick, Arizona State University, Family Studies, Diving
LaQue Moen-Davis, Texas A&M, Agricultural Leadership and Development, Track and Field
Natalie Reeves, Texas A&M, Agricultural Leadership and Development, Golf,
Lorena Russi, Queens College, Media Studies, Soccer
Kayvon Sherrill, Florida Atlantic University, Criminal Justice, Football
Morgan Toles, Florida State University, Social Science, Basketball
Jonathan Wallace, Florida Atlantic University, Sociology, Football