OSAD announces Student-Athletes of the fall semester

<p>The Office of Student-Athlete Development (OSAD) recently announced that Brandon Magee (football), Olivia Major (basketball), Anthony Robles (wrestling) and Nicki Stone (soccer) have been selected as the Student-Athletes of the Semester for Fall 2010. The recipients were among 15 Sun Devils nominated for the honor by their respective academic coaches in OSAD.</p><separator></separator><p>The academic coaches these four individuals based upon their achievements in academics and their community all while training and competing for their respective Sun Devil teams throughout the fall semester.</p><separator></separator><p>Here is more information on why Magee, Major, Robles and Stone were selected for the semester honor:</p><separator></separator><p><strong>Brandon Magee - Football</strong><br /> Brandon is the epitome of a student-athlete – not only does he excel in athletics, but he has also developed into an excellent student. When Brandon arrived at ASU, he was not prepared for the demands of university coursework. But, because of his commitment and a strong work ethic, he has acquired the necessary skills to be successful in the classroom. In fact, Brandon earned Scholar Baller status this fall by achieving a GPA over 3.00! Prior to the start of the fall semester, he decided that he was going to earn all A’s and B’s and never wavered in that pursuit. He did that in combination with dedicating himself to excelling as a key defensive player for Sun Devil football (especially the week prior to the Arizona game – he was as committed to winning that game as he was to earning all A’s and B’s). Brandon is also developing into a strong leader who encourages and inspires his teammates and other student-athletes. He is an exceptional student-athlete and a great Sun Devil!</p><separator></separator><p><strong>Olivia Major - Basketball</strong><br /> After transferring to ASU, Olivia has adopted the Sun Devil way. Not willing to settle for being average or just blending in, Olivia committed herself to making the most of her first semester. She participated in community service, including a Character Code assembly and the “Race for the Cure.” She pushed herself in rehab so that she could return to the court and help her team, netting a season high 11 points against Oregon (01/02). She engaged in her academics and earned a greater than 3.00 cumulative grade point average. Olivia has demonstrated what it means to be a Sun Devil.</p><separator></separator><p><strong>Anthony Robles - Wrestling</strong><br /> Anthony is one of the most remarkable men to ever wear the maroon and gold. Even the word dominant cannot come close to describing the success that he has had on the mat this season. He went over the 100 win mark for his career and bested his own school record for technical falls in a season. He was also crowned champion of the Las Vegas Invitational and the Reno Tournament of Champions. He is currently undefeated and holds a #2 national ranking. Anthony also had one of his best semesters academically. He was able to translate his intense work ethic in wrestling to the classroom and is on track to finish his BIS degree this spring. Anthony is the clear leader of ASU wrestling and understands the impact he can have in the community. He has been involved in various service activities to help those around him and promote his sport. He is constantly looking for ways to better himself and there is no doubt he will be a success after his time at ASU.</p><separator></separator><p><strong>Nicki Stone - Soccer</strong><br /> Nicki is a redshirt freshman forward majoring in Tourism Development &amp; Management. Expecting to partake in a minimal role this season and nursing an ACL injury suffered last fall, she filled much bigger shoes. She rehabbed back earlier than expected and was able to play in three games this season. Nicki also became a leader off the field. In addition to participating in SAAC, she was named Team Promoter, a responsibility given to her to raise awareness for the soccer team. Academically, Nicki had a phenomenal semester. In Professor Biaett’s PRM 120 class, Nicki became “the first student I have ever had that exceeded the maximum total (of points) for any class I've ever taught.” She finished the semester with a 4.21GPA while taking 16 credit hours. Described as sarcastic, passionate and genuine, Nicki has a quiet confidence and ASU will see more great things in the future.</p><separator></separator><p><em><strong>Also nominated (listed alphabetically):</strong></em><br /> Daniel Auberry (men's track &amp; field)<br /> Cameron Bradshaw (men's diving)<br /> Kyle Cain (men's basketball)<br /> Megan Fox (women's swimming)<br /> Jordyn Green (women's swimming)<br /> Beate Jones (gymnastics)<br /> Julia Katolik (volleyball)<br /> Morgan Leech (water polo)<br /> Abe Ruiz (baseball)<br /> Aderious Simmons (football)<br /> Erica Wilson (volleyball)</p>