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OSU's Markel Brown Garners National Academic Award
January 28, 2014
Markel Brown, a senior on the Oklahoma State men's basketball team, has been named a recipient of the 2013 Academic Momentum Award, presented annually by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS), it was announced. Brown was one of 10 student-athletes named a first team selection, joining others across all sports at the Division I level. Majoring in education at Oklahoma State, he will graduate in May.

Other members of the First Team were: Melissa Arthur, Rutgers lacrosse; Shavon Coleman, LSU basketball; Anthony Creecy, N.C. State football; Marion Grice, Arizona State football; Larissa Melendez, Adelphi track & field; Ariel Morton, LSU tennis; Trovon Reed, Auburn football; Kourtney Roberson, Texas A&M basketball and Morgan Steigerwalt, Arizona State gymnastics.

Top nominations were categorized into three teams based on each student-athlete's academic improvement and the impact each student-athlete's academic performance had on his or her classmates, teammates, academic advisors and professors. A total of 10 male and female award recipients from NCAS partner schools were selected for the Academic Momentum Award First Team, and 15 recipients were chosen for the Second and Third Teams.

The NCAS is an ever-growing organization of colleges and universities that provides opportunities for current and former student-athletes to continue their pursuit of higher education, while working in the community with children to address social issues. Established in 1985, the overall mission of the NCAS is “to create a better society by focusing on education attainment and using the power appeal of sport to positively affect social change.”

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