Female Finalists

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Female Finalists


Brittney Reid is a track and field standout at Oklahoma State University (OSU), where she majors in sports management. Her best time in the 60-meter dash is 7.91 seconds, 11.86 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 24.79 seconds in the 200-meter event. Reid has already made her mark academically, making the President's, Dean's and Commissioner's Honor Rolls many times over. The senior is a Big 12 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award winner and volunteers for a multitude of organizations, including local food drives, the children's hospital, homeless shelters, parks and the TRIO Program.

Victoria Fubara is a soccer forward at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The junior is a two-time varsity letter winner and is the first player in the school's history to win multiple academic team awards from Conference USA. In 2014 and 2013, she made the Conference USA All-Academic 2nd Team and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society in 2014. Fubara is majoring in psychology and pre-med and is active in volunteering efforts in the Charlotte area.

University of Missouri senior gymnast Katelyn Trevino is making a comeback after suffering a season-ending injury as a junior. Despite her injury, she was named co-captain of the team for the 2014 season. As a sophomore, she took home the Big 12 Championship floor title, where she earned a score of 9.900 for the event. Some of her career highlights include earning 9.875 twice on the vault in 2012 and a 9.800 on the bars against Illinois in 2011. She is working toward a master's in positive coaching. Trevino has volunteered for a variety of causes, including Starlight Reading, Habitat for Humanity and a Read-a-Thon at Field Elementary School.

Baylor University senior Nicole Bardaji is majoring in health science studies and pre-physical therapy. She plays volleyball for the Bears and had a breakout season in 2013, when she tied for second on the team in blocks and was third on the team in kills. She made the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll six times and the Baylor Dean's List six times as well. She was also recognized with the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award. Bardaji earned Academic All-District this year. In her junior year, Bardaji traveled to Zambia with the Baylor Sports Ministry.

Oklahoma State University junior economics major Michela Ongaro made the President's, Dean's and Commissioner's Honor Rolls. As a sophomore goalie on the varsity soccer team, she was named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team, and her 0.82 goals against average ranked her as seventh best in a single season in program history. A knee injury sidelined her for the 2014 season. Ongaro has volunteered at the food pantry and in a city beautification project in her hometown of Hartland, Wisconsin.

Andrea Macchiavello is a junior at Norfolk State University (NSU), where she majors in business entrepreneurship. Her leadership on the tennis team and on campus was apparent early on. As a freshman, she was named team MVP, and as a sophomore was named the NSU Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Team Spirit Award winner. Macchiavello was also an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete in her freshman and sophomore years, and made the Dean's List and Honor Roll in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2014, she was invited to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Leadership Institute.

West Virginia University (WVU) senior varsity basketball player Averee Fields majors in social work with a minor in psychology. Her academic work is impressive--in addition to being named to the Big 12 All-Academic First Team for the past three years, she recently earned Academic All-America Second Team honors. As a senior, Fields was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. …

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