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17th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards

Honorable Mention Scholar-Athletes

Name Sport GPA College Major
Honorable Mention Scholar-Athletes

NOSA AIGBE

 Soccer 3.27  Medgar Evers Biology
EUGENE BALAGULA  Tennis 3.84  Baruch

Ad Hoc Biology

FADUL BAMBINO

 Baseball  3.80  Queensborough  
 Community
 

Liberal Arts

ALBINA BJELIC

 Volleyball 3.52  Bronx Community

Undecided

KIM BROWN

 Tennis, Cheerleading 3.20  Lehman

Speech Pathology

MONAIR BROWN

 Soccer 3.61  John Jay

Computer Info. Systems

BJORN BURKE

 Soccer 3.19  Manhattan Community

Business

GARY BYRNE

 Soccer 3.28  City College Of NY

Electrical  Eng.

LAUREN CARGILL

 Basketball 3.34  City College Of NY

Communications

SALAHUDIN CLARK

 Basketball 3.29  Hostos Community

Liberal Arts

JAMILLA DICK

 Track & Field 3.24  Medgar Evers

Environmental Science

CHRIS FUGARINO

 Volleyball        3.90  Hunter

Political Science

TARA GIANOULIS

 Swimming 3.88  College Of Staten
 Island

Bio-Informatics

PIERRE GORDON

 Swimming, Track3.38  York

Biology

ORVILLE HALL

 Basketball, Soccer3.77  Bronx Community

Computer Science

ADOLFO LEE

 Soccer 3.24  Hunter

Film & Media Studies

ANDREY LOGVINENKO

 Swimming 3.58  College Of Staten
 Island

Computer Science

MARIA LOZA

 Swimming 3.52  John Jay

Criminology

KATE LUSHPENKO

 Swimming 3.65  College Of Staten
 Island

International Studies

JUNIOR MANON

 Volleyball 3.36  Lehman

Fine Arts

NICOLETTA MASULLO

 Softball, Track, Volleyball 3.29  Queensborough
 Community

Liberal Arts

IRWIN PASCAL

 Volleyball 3.85  Medgar Evers

Environmental Science

JUNIOR PIERRE

 Cross Country, Track 3.49  Hunter

Media Studies

REGINALD RALPH

 Soccer   3.80  Manhattan Community

Computer Operations

YUSUF RANSOME

 Soccer, Track & Field 3.36  Brooklyn

Business & Finance

IRIS RESTREPO

 Volleyball 3.29  Hostos Community

Liberal Arts & Science

ANDRES RODRIGUEZ

 Soccer 3.53  Hostos Community

Liberal Arts & Science

JEN ROGERS

 Basketball 3.19  Hunter

Physical Education

STEPHANIE TRAHAN

 Basketball 3.35  Baruch

Business Communications

MICHAEL YEE

 Lacrose 3.92  City College Of NY

Biomedical Education

VITALY ZUBRY

 Tennis 3.45  John Jay

Criminal Justice

CUNY 2002-03 All-Americans

Name Sport College Event Place
CUNY 2002-03 All-Americans

 PAULETTE  BALDWIN

 Indoor Track
 &  Field
 Lehman

 4x400 Relay, 55 Hurdles,
 Long Jump

 2nd Place

 MECHELLE  BARNWELL

 Indoor Track
 & Field
 Lehman

 4 x 400 Relay, 400 Meter
 Dash

 2nd & 3rd Pl.

 KENYA BENJAMIN

 Indoor Track
 &  Field
 York

 800M Dash, 4 x 400 Relay

 5th & 7th Pl.

 MARTINIA HEATH

 Indoor Track
 & Field
 Lehman

 Long Jump, High Jump

 5th & 10th Pl.

 TOLULOPE OJO

 Indoor Track
 & Field
 York

 4 x 400 Relay

 7th Place

 LIVANGAH PITTS

 Indoor Track 
 & Field
 Lehman

 4 x 400 Relay

 2nd Place

 FANTA SISSOKO

 Women's
 Basketball
 Manhattan
 CC

 Second Team

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 SHAKIMA  THOMAS

 Indoor Track
 & Field
 York

 4 x 400 Relay

 7th Place

 ALECIA WATSON

 Indoor Track
 & Field
 Lehman

 4 x 400 Relay, 55M Dash,
 Triple Jump

 2nd, 2nd & 3rd Pl.

 DAPHINE WILSON

 Indoor Track
 & Field
 York

 4 x 400 Relay

 7th Place

2003 CUNY Student-Athletes of the Year

Owen Niles - City College Of New York

One of the most gifted athletes ever to grace a CUNY school, Owen Niles, a three-time CUNYAC Player of the Year, led the CCNY men's volleyball team to a 74-24 overall record the last four seasons. In 2002, the only year Owen did not win the CUNYAC award, he earned the NECVA (a 32-school regional league) Player of the Year honor, as well as the ECAC Championship, where the 6'3" middle hitter was named Tournament Most Valuable Player. In 2000, his freshman season, fresh from playing on the National Volleyball team in his home country of Barbados, he led the Beavers to the CUNYAC title and was named Tournament MVP. Owen finished his NCAA career ranking first in NCAA in blocks per game (3.3) and second in hitting percentage (.497). Meanwhile, Owen will be graduating in May of 2003 with a Bachelor's of Science while maintaining a 3.53 GPA. Now living in Queens, NY, Owen is enrolled in a five-year program at CCNY that allows him to graduate with a Bachelor's of Architecture, a professional degree which is necessary to the field, in May of 2004. Owen has already achieved many academic accolades including CCNY's Fred L. Leibman Book Award (School of Architecture, 2001), and the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award in 2002. He is on CCNY's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a teaching assistant in the first year design studios program.

Israel Henriquez - Queensborough Community College

A former all-conference basketball player in high school, Israel Henriquez, chose to skip the hardwood for the track in college. “If I played basketball there was a chance I'd get hurt and not be able to run track," said the Great Neck, NY native, a secondary education major with a 3.62 GPA. The 5'11" guard has been a very successful runner, finishing in sixth place overall (senior and community college runners included) at the 2002 CUNYAC Cross Country Championships, followed by a bronze medal performance at the CUNYAC Indoors in the 800 Meters and a second place nod in the Distance Medley Relay. Israel has competed in the Penn Relays (2001 and 2002) and the Millrose Games (2002 and 2003), the country's two biggest track events. At the Indoor District Championships in 2002, he won the gold in the 800 Meters, followed by a 9th place showing in the same race at the NJCAA National Championships, where he competed every semester at QCC. An NJCAA Academic All-American as well, Israel also plays men's volleyball for QCC's club team. He's a member of the Spanish and Philipino Clubs and still has time to be a counselor at Great Neck high school, a tutor at QCC and a part of a youth ministry service. Israel expects to transfer to Hunter College next semester to take on a double major of special education and language and play on the Hawks teams' as well.

Maria Castro - Lehman College

After beginning her athletic career for Lehman as a swimmer, a workout with a teammate and a conversation with coach Lesleigh Hogg put Maria Castro on a different track. Since joining the Lightning cross country and track program, Maria has made her mark in the CUNYAC record books, finishing in the top four at the CUNYAC Cross Country Championships each of the last three years and winning six gold medals at the CUNYAC Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships over the same span, helping the Lightning to four CUNYAC titles. A distance specialist both on the track and in the pool, Maria moved to the Bronx with her family in 1993 from Puebla, Mexico. The first-ever HSS Scholar-Athlete of the Month (September 2002), Maria will be graduating this month with a Bachelor's degree in Multilingual Journalism with minors in Italian and computer graphics with a 3.75 GPA, while working full-time in the Lehman College provost's office. She is also a freelance writer for the “Meridian", a staff reporter and copy editor of the Bronx Journal, a staff reporter for Lehman's television show “Inside Lehman," and a volunteer Spanish-English translator for Prima News. Maria will pursue a master's degree in legal and financial translation at New York University in the fall with hopes of working for the United Nations in the near future.

Brigette Burke - Queensborough Community College

Being a successful multi-sport athlete takes dedication, perseverance and energy – Brigette Burke has all of those qualities. “She's a remarkable person and player," said Queensborough head coach and athletic director, Pete Marchitello. “Brigette displays sportsmanship, athleticism and enthusiasm at all times. She leads by example on and off the field." The captain of the Tigers' softball team, Brigette plays shortstop, pitcher and catcher, while batting over .500 each of the last two seasons. Born and raised in Queens, she was named to the NJCAA Region XV Second Team All-Star in 2002 – all while maintaining a 3.40 GPA, majoring in psychology at QCC. This past year, she decided to run indoor track with hopes of getting faster for softball and participated in the NJCAA Championships in the 200 meter dash and the 4 x 400 relay. Brigette was also named Academic All-Region XV the last two years and has been on the dean's list for both the spring and fall semesters of 2002. She will be graduating this May and hopes to transfer on scholarship to a four-year college where she plans to study forensic psychology. 

2002-2003 Results:  Scholar-Athletes

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2000-2001 Results:  Scholar-Athletes