Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Male Finalists

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Male Finalists

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Leroy (Jevon) Carter, a sports management major at West Virginia University, is a basketball sensation. He is the only player in the country to average more than 16 points, six assists and three steals per game, and he leads the country in steals, with 70, and has played 128 career games, the second-most played among active basketball players in the most recent season. He has been extremely active in the community, talking to students about the importance of staying away from drugs and alcohol, as well as about the importance of education and responsibility. He is a frequent visitor to WVU Children's Hospital and visits patients at Health South Rehabilitation Center.

University of California at San Diego human biology major and tennis athlete Justin Zhang was ranked in national Top-50 singles. In his most recent singles, he finished with a record of 14-8 in singles and 13-7 in doubles, with a 10-match streak in the singles category. He has coordinated and organized several community service events in the San Diego area and has participated in Empty Cradle, Row for the Cure, Martin Luther King Day of Service, Make-A-Wish fundraisers, and Team-Up and IMPACT programs. He was selected for the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large Second Team and CoSIDA Academic All-district 8 At-Large First Team, and he has a 3.87 overall GPA.

MALE SEMI-FINALISTS

Chase Almendarez is a baseball star at University of Houston at Victoria, where he majors in communications. His stats include 37 GP, 35 starts, .246 batting average, 24 RBI, 13 runs, 5-2B and 3 home runs. He works with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, participates in cancer awareness with the baseball team and has helped in the restoration of Riverside Stadium--home of the UHV baseball team--following Hurricane Harvey. He was named a 2017 Red River Athletic Scholar Athlete and named to the dean's list from 2016-2017 and to the president's list in spring 2017.

Texas Tech University senior Cameron Batson is a wide receiver football player and accounting major. He was selected as a 2017 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and Campbell Award Semifinalist and throughout his collegiate athletic career caught 157 passes for 1,499 yards and had 14 touchdowns. His community service work includes volunteering with organizations like the Ronald McDonald House, Lupus Foundation, Children's Home of Lubbock, Lubbock Children's Hospital and Finish Strong: Phea Boys and Girls Club. He was named to the president's list in the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters and to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

An economics, strategy and finance major and swimmer for Washington University in St. Louis, Ross Brown is a seven-time All-American and four-time University Athletic Association (UAA) Champion. He is an active member in Relay for Life, after one of his fraternity brothers passed away from cancer in 2015, and the group has been able to consistently raise $20,000 each year since, including their highest contribution of around $50,000 during the 2016 Relay for Life event. He also participates in Campus Kitchen, which serves meals to people in need, and he serves as the vice president of finance in the National Black MBA Association, which provides networking and professional development opportunities to Black undergraduate students.

Soccer player Mariano Cepeda is a finance major at Holy Family University. He was named to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) weekly honor roll twice, October 2015 and 2017, and to the CACC Fall All-Academic Team three times, 2015-2017. He participates in many local fundraisers with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Coats for Chester, Build a Library and Bowling for a Cause organizations. He was the recipient of the Division II Athletic Director's Association Scholar-Athlete Award and has a 3.81 GPA.

Hampton University senior Stanley Davis is an electrical engineering major and track and cross country athlete. …

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