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18th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards


2003-2004 CUNY Athletic Conference
Honorable Mention Scholar-Athletes

Juwariya Abdul-Karim                              City College of New York           
                 3.38 GPA                       Major: Architecture
The recipient of CCNY’s Malamed Scholarship and the 2004 Nat Holman Scholarship….Started all 52 games during her 2-year career for the Lady Beavers...Averaged 6.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game this past season.

Elizabeth Amato                                        John Jay College       
Softball                     3.49 GPA                       Major: Legal Studies
A First Team All-Star in 2004 after she hit .361 with 27 runs scored and she led the team with 97 strikeouts on the mound.….Also was a First Team All-Star in 2003 after hitting .413 at the plate and going 6-3 on mound. 

April Avena                                                College of Staten Island               
Softball                     3.36 GPA                       Major: Elem.  Education
Played 4 seasons of volleyball and softball for the Dolphins…Led the volleyball team in assists last season…A member of the 2004 CUNYAC Championship softball squad…Batted .250 this past season.

Emrah Ertamay                                          Baruch College          
Swimming                 3.23 GPA                       Major: Accounting
The best swimmer in the 2-year history of Baruch’s program as evidenced by his five school records…Won three gold medals in the in the 2003 CUNYAC Championships and five overall…Co-Captain of the Team in 2003…

Jason Francis                                            Manhattan Community College    
Soccer                      3.66 GPA                       Major: Liberal Arts
Was an NJCAA Region XV Academic Award recipient in 2002 & 2003…A 2-year player for the Panthers, who finished as Runners-up for the CUNYAC championships the last 2 seasons.

Jay Frank                                                   City College of New York           
3.51 GPA                       Major: Broad.Journalism
A member of the Honors College at CCNY…A member of the 2002-2003 CUNYAC championship basketball team…Co-Captain of the team this past season…A hard nosed player who played all five positions on the floor despite being only 6 feet tall.

Craig Kafko                                               Hunter College          
Tennis                       3.40 GPA                       Major: Psychology
Has been accepted to the doctorate program for psychology at Hofstra University…Member of the 2003 CUNYAC regular-season champions and CUNYAC tournament runners-up…Won the CUNYAC championships at the #5 singles and #3 doubles flights in 2003…Runner-up at #2 doubles this past season.

Aleksey Khapov                                         Brooklyn College       
Swimming, Tennis       3.46 GPA                       Major:Computer Science/Economics
Captain of the swim team this past season…A member of the gold medal winning 200 medley relay team at the 2004 swimming and diving championships…Won a bronze medal in the same event at the 2003 Championships… Deans List student 2001 through 2004

Luz E. Liriano                                              City College of New York           
3.54 GPA                       Major: Biology
Owns a 3-year record of 39-28…This past season, she was the Women’s Fencing Conference All-Conference Fencer of the Year in Sabre with a 20-8 record…EWFC First Team All Conference selection… A Deans List student as well…

KEISHA MC LeaN                                           York College             
Swimming                 3.88 GPA                       Major: Psychology
A charter member of the York Swim Team in 2001...Was named Team MVP as a freshman and continues to be a team leader…She placed 12th in the 1000 Freestyle at the 2004 CUNYAC Championships back in February.

Cliff MedinA                                                Hunter College          
Wrestling, Track & Field                                   3.35 GPA                  Major: Economics/Political Science
Hunter Scholar-Athlete (4 years)…National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-American (2002-03 Season & 2003-04 Season)…An All-American after placing eighth in the 133 lb weight class at 2004 NCAA D3 Championships…Concluded career with individual record of 90-33 (.732 winning percentage)

Nikishe Neckles                                           Medgar Evers College
Basketball, Softball, Volleyball     3.43 GPA      Major: Business
Graduated Cum Laude…Made the Dean’s List in 6 different semester…Now a member of the US Army…A Hudson Valley All Conference selection in 2002 and 2003 in softball…She averaged 2.5 steals for her career in basketball.

ndidi osunde                                               Bronx Community College
                      3.61 GPA                       Major: Business
Won back-to-back CUNYAC soccer titles for the Broncos and head coach Lew Lattari in 2002 and 2003…. Was also named Academic All-Region XV each of the last two seasons…

Manny pantiga                                          Lehman College         
Swimming                 3.25 GPA                       Major: Accounting
Lehman’s team-MVP the past 3 seasons…Three-year ECAC Championship Meet qualifier…School record-holder in 50 freestyle…Broke CUNYAC Swim Meet records in 100, 200 Free and as a member of the  200 Freestyle Relay team.

Hana Pechackova                                    Baruch College          
Cross Country, Swimming      3.70 GPA            Major: Economics
Graduated with honors –Magna Cum Laude… The CUNY individual champion in Cross Country in 2000 and has placed in the top four each of the last 3 seasons… Also holds the school record in swimming in the 500 and 1000 meters.

Giorgia Penso                                            College of Staten Island               
Tennis, Volleyball       3.84 GPA                       Major: International Business
Played 3 years on the women’s tennis team and participated on a CUNY Championship squad in 1999 and was the individual champion at #6 singles that season.  She led the volleyball team in nearly every category the past 2 years… Also named to the National Dean’s List.

Marcel Sandougout                                 College of Staten Island               
                       3.75 GPA                       Major: International Studies
Has won two CUNY Team championships in 2001 and 2003 with the Dolphins…The runner-up at #5 singles for the past 2 years, Marcel is always a true gentleman on the court. He also reached the CUNYAC #3 Doubles final in his sophomore season.

david sealy                                                Medgar Evers College
Volleyball                 3.24 GPA                       Major: Business Management
A two-time CUNYAC and NECVA All-Star, he averaged 13.6 assists and 3.30 digs per game this past season, following a championship match appearance for the Cougars in 2003. A real team leader, David is regarded as the best setter in MEC’s four-year history of men’s volleyball.

bETH tUCCILLO                                             Hunter College          
Softball, Volleyball
     3.30 GPA                       Major: Psychology
Dean’s List 2 years…member of the 2001 and 2002 CUNYAC volleyball champions….Member of the 2002 and 2003 softball champions…A CUNYAC All-Star in volleyball in 2002…Holds the school record in volleyball for most digs in a match with 39 and is fourth on the school’ all-time list in the category with 1,076.

Jackie Ventura                                          John Jay College       
                       3.24 GPA                       Major: Criminology
Graduating Cum Laude…A three-year team captain…Won the gold medal at #2 singles this past season and took a silver at #1 doubles…The Flight 2 Singles Champion and Flight 1 Doubles Champion in 2002…John Jay’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2003…

Leroy white                                                York College             
Volleyball, Soccer
      3.73 GPA                       Major: Physical Education
A terrific fullback in soccer and a solid defensive specialist in volleyball for the Cardinals…Was Deans List twice, a true team leader, both squads made the CUNYAC Tournament semifinals in 2003-04.

Eric Zinke                                                    College of Staten Island               
                      3.20 GPA                     Major: Accounting
Was a CUNY All-Star centerfielder, after each of his four seasons, winning three CUNYAC Championships in baseball… Always batted in the leadoff position, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2003 CUNY Tournament. Batted .393 this season for the Dolphins.

CUNY 2003-04 All-Americans

Athletic Achievement

lorris adams                                              Kingsborough Community College                
Track & Field                                                  National Champion        400 Meter Dash
                                                                     National Champion        4x400 Meter Relay

                                                                     National Runner-Up        200 Meter Dash

nicole bailey                                              Bronx Community College                           
Track & Field                                                 
4x100 Meter Relay        5th Place 

dominika bajuk                                         Kingsborough Community College
Women’s Tennis                                              First Singles                National Runner-Up
                                                                     First Doubles               National Runner-Up 

marie blackwood                                      Bronx Community College              
Track & Field                                                  4x100 Meter Relay        5th Place

Tiffanie Clarke                                           Hunter College          
Indoor Track & Field                                       55 Meter Dash            5th Place 

elena dadanina                                         Kingsborough Community College
Women’s Tennis                                              First Doubles               National Runner-Up 

tracy dallemand                                      Queensborough Community College            
Track & Field                                                  4x400 Meter Relay        6th Place
                                                                     4x800 Meter Relay        6th Place                               

yanique drummond                                  Bronx Community College                           
Track & Field                                                  4x100 Meter Relay        5th Place 

erica francis                                              Queensborough Community College            
Track & Field                                                  4x400 Meter Relay        6th Place
                                                                     4x800 Meter Relay        6th Place 

peter greaves                                             Kingsborough Community College                
Track & Field                                                   Triple Jump                   National Runner-Up
                                                                     110 Meter Hurdles          3rd Place             

shanna hamilton                                      Hostos Community College          
Women’s Basketball                                       First Team All-American 

aRNel henry                                               Kingsborough Community College                
Track & Field                                                  4x400 Meter Relay        1st Place

igor ilyasov                                              Queensborough Community College            
Track & Field                                                  4x400 Meter Relay        4th Place 

sheena johnson                                        Queensborough Community College            
Track & Field                                                  4x400 Meter Relay        6th Place
                                                                     4x800 Meter Relay        6th Place

nickeysha lewis                                          Bronx Community College                           
Track & Field                                                  4x100 Meter Relay        5th Place 

ray miley                                                    Kingsborough Community College                
Track & Field                                                 
4x400 Meter Relay        National Champions
                                                                     400 Meter Dash             2nd Place

SHARMONA MILLER                                       Kingsborough Community College                
Track & Field                                                  100 Meter Dash             5th Place 

stacy mohammed                                      Queensborough Community College            
Track & Field                                                  4x400 Meter Relay        6th Place 

mark moulton                                          Queensborough Community College            
Track & Field                                                  4x400 Meter Relay        4th Place
                                                                     4x100m Relay               5th Place

keyon russell                                            Kingsborough Community College                
Track & Field                                                  4x400 Meter Relay        1st Place 

robert reid                                                 Queensborough Community College            
Track & Field                                                  4x400 Meter Relay        4th Place
                                                                     4x100m Relay               5th Place

sasha stanford                                         Queensborough Community College            
Track & Field                                                  4x800 Meter Relay        6th Place 

juan valdez                                               Queensborough Community College            
Track & Field                                                  4x400 Meter Relay        4th Place
                                                                     4x100m Relay               5th Place

Edwin vidal                                                 Queensborough Community College            
Track & Field                                                  4x100 Meter Relay        5th Place

Academic Achievement

cliff medina                                                Hunter College          
Wrestling                                                       Academic All-American                NWCA 1st Team

ERJA VETTENRANTA                                      City College of New York           
Women’s Volleyball                                       Academic All-American - CoSIDA 1st Team 

Team Award                                                  Hunter College          
Women’s Swimming                                       Academic All-American                CSCAA Award

2003-2004 CUNY Scholar-Athletes of the Year

ELENA DADANINA • Kingsborough Community College

Being one of the top Division III junior college tennis players in the country notwithstanding, Elena Dadanina is also a valedictorian nominee for graduation at Kingsborough next month due to a cumulative 4.0 GPA. A liberal arts major, Dadanina is fresh off an appearance in last week’s NJCAA Women’s Tennis Championships, finishing as the national runner up at the number one doubles flight with partner Dominka Bajuk after winning the Region XV title in the fall. Individually, she finished second in the Region and reached the national quarterfinals at the #2 singles flight. A native of Russia before coming to the United States at age 10, Elena has already been accepted to Baruch for the fall where she plans to study Public Policy. Reared in Brooklyn, Elena played tennis at Brooklyn Technical High School before leaving school for personal reasons. She enrolled at KCC in the fall of 2002 after earning her GED and decided not to play tennis in her freshman year, citing a 20-credit workload. After concentrating on academics last year, Elena really enjoyed the tennis experience this season, “I really never liked playing doubles before,” she said. “But playing with Dominika has really changed my perspective.” This spring, along with her teammate, the duo became the Wave’s first ever female All-Americans.

TIFFANIE CLARKE • Hunter College

It sounds like a line, but Tiffanie Clarke, a 22-year old native of Trinidad, had such a terrific year we all wish it could continue. A true talent at all aspects of her life, Tiffanie refuses to back down from a challenge - whether it comes from her commute to school, her internship, academics or, lastly, athletics. First she starts her day with a 1:15 commute to Hunter from her family’s Staten Island home; then she manages to maintain a 3.33 GPA in Political Science in the classroom. Athletically, she has competed for the Hawks since 2001 in cross country, helping Hunter win one CUNYAC championship, along with indoor and outdoor track. Following a rigorous summer routine with her club sprint coach, Tiffanie broke the Hunter records in the 55 and 60 meter dashes. She became a first time All-American in March in the 55 meter dash, by finishing 5th at the NCAA Championships. Tiffanie recently won the gold medal at the CUNYAC Indoor championships in February. Off the track, the former Erasmus Hall High School class valedictorian (2000) recently began an internship for Manhattan City Councilman Bill Perkins. In her spare time, she also volunteers with the All-Stars Project Inc. as a host for youth events and was a recipient of the Young Leader for Change Award. She plans to attend law school in 2005, after finally finding the time to study for the LSAT this fall.

SANTIAGO HELMAN • City College Of New York

Upon his arrival to New York City from Buenos Aires, Argentina in the summer of 1999 at the age of 23, Santiago Helman knew little English. He moved to Jackson Heights, Queens and worked at restaurants for about a year, while learning enough to begin classes at City College and to begin work at an Engineering firm. Four years later, he’s one of the most accomplished soccer players in CCNY soccer history. In three years in uniform, the Beavers were 35-13-3 overall and 27-4-3 in CUNYAC play. CCNY reached the CUNY championship game in all three of his seasons, winning once this past fall, and qualified for two ECAC (2001, 2002) and one NCAA Tournament (2003). Individually, he moved up the CUNYAC ladder quickly, earning the Rookie of the Year in 2001, a first Team All- Conference selection in 2002 and Player of the Year honors in 2003. “This season was thrilling with Osborne Carter coaching us,” the two-time team captain said. “His knowledge of the game was outstanding and the team made the sacrifices that it takes to be successful.” Meanwhile, Santiago owns a 3.70 GPA in Civil Engineering and plans to pursue graduate studies in Civil Engineering at CCNY or Columbia in the fall. In 2003, he received the Edward J. Maloney Scholarship issued by the

ABDOULAHAT DIOP • Manhattan Community College

A NJCAA Region XV first team all-star in 2003, Abdoulahat Diop has sacrificed everything to be successful in life. He came to Manhattan from Senegal in April of 2000 without the comfort of immediate relatives. Abdoulahat began working full-time to save money for college. He enrolled at BMCC in 2002 and in his freshman season was not able to find the time to play soccer, a sport he played back home since he can remember. Abdoulahat now works in a Manhattan parking garage 50- 60 hours a week to make ends meet, despite substantial support from family members in France, Italy and Spain. “I am only able to get four hours of sleep a night, due to my work and school schedule. It’s not easy, but this year I played soccer for my future.” Abdoulahat currently holds a 3.63 GPA in Engineering Science, earning an NJCAA Region XV Academic Award (2003) and a BMCC Faculty Honor Award (Spring and Fall 2002). On the soccer field, he controls the midfield, Abdoulahat helped lead the Panthers to the CUNYAC title game last September. On the season, he scored only three points on one goal and an assist, but head coach Kenechi Yatsuhashi can attest to anyone about the unmistakable value of his speedy midfielder.

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