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    Marissa Kastanek selected a candidate for Senior CLASS Award
    Marissa Kastanek accepts the 2012 ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year award
    Marissa Kastanek accepts the 2012 ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year award

    Nov. 1, 2012

    Senior CLASS Award Profile

    - Marissa Kastanek of the NC State women's basketball team has been selected as a candidate for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award.

    30 women's basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as candidates for the award. Kastanek is the only representative from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

    Kastanek ranks No. 1 among over 5,500 students in her psychology major at NC State with a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average. She is also working on minors in coaching, Spanish and sports science.

    Kastanek is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and was named the 2012 ACC Women's Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year.

    On the court, Kastanek is a two-time honorable mention All-ACC selection that has amassed 1,230 points in her career to date, the 20th best mark in school history with one year left with the Wolfpack.

    To be eligible, a student-athlete mist be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

    An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior  CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in the their communities.

    Kastanek is one of seven candidates who was recognized as a 2012 Academic All-American. The women's winner will be announced during the NCAA Women's Final Four in New Orleans April 7 and 9.

    The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans.

    From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select ten finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award in February.  Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.



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