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    NC State ASPSA Initiates Academic All-Stars of Month Program

    March 20, 2013

    RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State's Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes has begun a new feature, the Academic All-Stars of the Month, beginning in March 2013, to recognize specific academic accomplishments of five Wolfpack student-athletes each month of the academic calendar.

    To be eligible for this recognition, which is selected by the ASPSA staff, a student-athlete must achieve an outstanding grade on a test or major assignment; make significant improvement in assigned coursework; show consistency in punctuality and attendance to tutor and study hall appointments; exhibit above-and-beyond effort on an assigned project; receive an excellent progress report from an instructor.

    Brett Austin, sophomore, communication, baseball - After requesting and utilizing ASEP's tutorial services, Austin showed significant improvement on his second MA 103 exam, earning a grade of 93.

    Mardel Gabriel, RS-freshman, criminology, wrestling - Gabriel has shown steady progress in his coursework, highlighted by several quality grades.  Additionally, he exhibits outstanding commitment to tutorial services, participating in four hours of tutoring each week.

    Christian McCurdy, freshman, engineering, men's swimming - McCurdy has shown great success in a rigorous course load.  Most impressively, he earned grades of 100 percent and 96 percent on the first two exams in his Calculus III course.

    Mary Catherine Preddy, freshman, First-Year college, volleyball - Mary Catherine graduated a semester early from high school and enrolled at NC State in January.  Preddy has shown tremendous success in a course load of 16 credit hours in her first college semester.

    Josh Sessoms, RS-freshman, First-Year College, football - Sessoms has earned impressive grades this semester including a B on his first psychology exam, and an A on his first Africana studies paper. He has shown great commitment to utilizing tutorial services, participating in nine hours each week.

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