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    Nine Named NC State Academic All-Stars

    May 23, 2013

    RALEIGH, N.C. - Three men's soccer players and one women's player were among the nine recipients of NC State's Academic All-Stars for April and May, the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes has announced.

    The newly instituted feature is designed to recognize specific academic accomplishments of up to five Wolfpack student-athletics 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.

    MAY Academic All-Stars

    A.J. Ferguson, senior, Africana studies, football - Ferguson took strong initiative this semester by requesting additional tutorial support and showing flexibility by being able to work with a variety of tutors.  He also devoted his spring break to a volunteer trip as part of his AFS 497 course, calling the trip "the most enlightening experience" of his life.  Ferguson always had a great attitude, even if things seemed overwhelming.  He is on track to graduate in Fall 2013.

    Stanhope Johnson, freshman, First-Year College, men's golf - Johnson showed marked improvement this semester, posting a 3.198 GPA.  He utilized tutorial services and was consistently on time for appointments.  Johnson has also agreed to serve as a peer instructor for ASPSA's M.A.G.I.C Program this summer (a bridge program for freshman and transfer student-athletes).

    Tyler Lewis - freshman, management, men's basketball - Lewis utilized tutorial services regularly in the spring and even requested additional sessions on occasion.  He consistently had a great attitude while in Case Academic Center. He never questioned his tutoring load and always came prepared to learn. For his efforts, Lewis posted a 3.305 term GPA.

    Robbie Mudge - sophomore, First-Year College, men's tennis - Mudge had a great semester, posting a 3.143 GPA in a tough course load that included economics and anthropology.  He consistently utilized tutorial support and was always engaged in sessions.  Mudge was timely in his response to academic matters.

    Seth Poole - freshman, First-Year College, men's soccer - After a challenging start to the semester, Poole exhibited tremendous effort in his coursework.  He visited his instructors during office hours and went above and beyond to exceed.  Poole posted a 3.4 GPA for the term in a rigorous course load that included Chemistry and Calculus II.

    APRIL All-Stars

    Holden Fender, freshman, First-Year College, men's soccer - As a transfer student-athlete, Fender has quickly adapted to the classroom at NC State.  He has received outstanding grades in his 16 credit hours to date.  Most impressively, Fender earned grades of 95%, 100% and 94% on the first three exams in his elements of calculus course.

    Jake Fincher, sophomore, sport management, baseball - Fincher has shown tremendous improvement this semester.  He consistently uses tutorial services and is always on time for appointments.  Fincher has exhibited strong performance in the classroom and is currently earning no lower than a B in all of his courses.

    Sydney Sawaya, freshman, First-Year College, women's soccer - Sawaya has displayed marked progress in her second semester at NC State.  She is currently earning all As and a B+ in a challenging course load.  She is committed to academics and is consistently on time to advising appointments.

    Nick Surkamp, senior, philosophy, men's soccer - Surkamp was recently accepted into the philosophy program, one of the less-seen majors among student-athletes.  Nick has shown steady improvement from the fall semester and is currently enrolled in three 300-level Philosophy courses.  Surkamp is currently earning As in almost all of his courses. 

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