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Student-Athletes of the Month announced

October 14, 2009

The Office of Student-Athlete Development has named four Sun Devil Student-Athletes of the Month for September. Junior Omar Bolden of the Sun Devil football team and Senior Josh Spence of the baseball team are two males honored. Sophomore Kimberly Brandon of the women's basketball team and Freshman Bianca Doller of the soccer team have been named female Student-Athletes of the Month. The athletes are recognized for their athletic, academic and community involvement.

Bolden, the highly recruited cornerback and a two-year starter in the Sun Devil defensive backfield balances a challenging athletic and academic schedule.

"Bolden is off to his best start academically this fall," said Corinne Corte, a Student-Athlete Academic Coach. "He is at the top of his game in the classroom, which is especially impressive with his performance at a high level in football. Bolden has always been a hard worker, but this semester he has put in extra effort into his schoolwork and has had a higher level of enthusiasm to succeed in the classroom."

Bolden's academic interests include Sociology and Justice Studies. "At some point he may want to pursue a career in law enforcement, including the FBI if possible." said Corte. "He set an academic goal for himself this semester and is determined to reach it."

Spence finished his first season at ASU being named the National Newcomer of the Year by, earning Third Team All-American honors from both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, and being a First Team All-Pac-10 selection. During the summer, the Los Angeles Angels drafted Josh in the third round of the MLB draft. Josh passed on this opportunity to come back to ASU and finish his career as a Sun Devil graduate.

With great success on the field, Spence has maintained a solid academic career. "Since he has been at ASU Spence has maintained 17-18 credit hours each semester in order to graduate in the Spring of 2010 with a degree in BIS," said Patrice Feulner, an Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Development. "He currently is enrolled in 18 credit hours and is off to another great start this semester earning all A's and B's through the first month of the semester."

Balancing both baseball and classes, Spence manages to also be involved on the ASU campus.

"In his first month back this fall Spence spoke at the ASU Convocation welcoming all of the new freshman as well as the student-athlete orientation," said Feulner. "Spence continues to work extremely hard both in both athletics and academics."

Brandon, the Explatory major, has demonstrated what it means to be a student athlete.

"The sophomore has been motivated with her coursework setting the tone in the classroom," said Shay Jewett, an Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Development. "Brandon has been on time and accountable for all of her academic responsibilities becoming an example for her teammates."

Last season, Brandon balanced her academics with her role on the women's basketball team. She played in 30 games recording a career-best in points (11) rebounds (6) and steals (2) in the win at Oregon last January.

"Not only is Brandon excelling in academics and on the court," said Jewett, "she has been looking out for her teammates and doing community service. Often offering her new teammates a ride to workouts and taking time to give back to the community, Brandon has demonstrated what it means to be a Sun Devil student-athlete."

Doller, the Elementary Education major, started her college career with a 4.0 GPA after taking summer courses. "She is continuing her academic success in the classroom so far this fall earning all A's and B's in her courses," said Academic Coach Stephanie Viola.

Doller is not only successful in the classroom but on the soccer field as well.

"Doller has been a key contributor to the success of the team, which is off to its best start in several years," said Viola. "With an infectious personality that can set the tone in any situation, Doller has great will and determination to continue to be a huge asset as a Sun Devil."