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Seven Catamount Student-Athletes Named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars

July 6, 2010

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina University student-athletes Kristen Feemster (women's basketball), Jessica Jackson (women's basketball), Brittany Ferguson (women's basketball), Antoine Childs (men's basketball), Renee Anderson (soccer), Jettana Thomas (women's track and field), John Julien (football) were named 2010 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars, the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards were established to honor undergraduate students of color who have outstanding achievements in academic and athletic performance, as well as community activism. To be included, students must compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2, and be active on their campuses or in their communities. The awards were inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr. and his commitment to education and love for the game of tennis. The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards have been presented since 1995.

Feemster, from Clover, S.C., is making her third appearance on the Arthur Ash Jr. Sports Scholar list. She graduated in the fall of 2009 with a degree in psychology and took graduate courses in the spring semester. She graduated with a 3.94 grade point average. Feemster was a candidate for the Lowe's Senior Class Award, named ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-District III and to the 2010 Southern Conference Winter All-Academic Team.

Jackson, from Roswell, Ga., completed her career with a 3.22 GPA in Marketing and graduated in May, 2010. She was named to the 2010 Southern Conference Winter All-Academic Team.

Ferguson, the third Catamount women's basketball player to make the list, is a sophomore from Macon, Ga. She has a 3.45 GPA in social service and was named to the 2010 Southern Conference Winter All-Academic Team. She played in 26 games, in the 2009-10 season, and scored a career-high 12 points against UNC Greensboro.

Childs, a sophomore from Beaver Falls, Pa., ended his second year at Western Carolina with a 3.21 in management. He was named to the 2010 Southern Conference Winter All-Academic Team, appearing in six games for the Catamounts, coming off the bench in each contest.

Anderson, a sophomore from Sandhills, N.C., has a 3.29 GPA in athletic training. She was named to the 2010 Southern Conference Winter All-Academic Team, starting 17 of 19 games in the 2009 season.

Thomas, a sophomore from High Point, N.C., has a 3.62 GPA in construction management. She was named to the 2010 Southern Conference Winter All-Academic Team, starting 17 of 19 games in the 2009 season.

Julien, a sophomore from Marietta, Ga., has a 3.54 GPA in pre-business. He sat out the 2009 season due to injury.

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