The Clark Atlanta University Department of Athletics has announced its plans to honor 82 scholar-athletes who have achieved a 3.0 semester or cumulative grade point average (GPA) as of Fall 2012, including two football student-athletes who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Student-athletes in all 11 sports will be recognized for their academic achievements at halftime of the women’s basketball game during a double-header when the Panthers (6 p.m.) and Lady Panthers (8 p.m.) go against Claflin University men’s and women’s teams at Epps Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Freshman kicker/punter Austin Castillas, a biology major from Gilbert, Ariz., along with linebacker Bernard Williams, an SIAC second-team All-Conference player from Tifton County High School in Omega, Ga., topped all student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Collectively, the CAU football team will celebrate its highest number of the scholar-athletes in recent years with 20, while 16 other student-athletes have earned a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA as listed below.

” I applaud our student-athletes and staff who continue to uphold the department’ s 5As standard of excellence by maintaining high academic achievement, producing athletic championships, serving as ambassadors, and being accountability and accessible as leaders on and off the playing field,” said Director of Athletics Dr. Tamica Smith-Jones. “We will sustain our overall success with continued support of our faculty and administration.”

Student-Athletes with a Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or Higher

Justin Parham-Mass Media Arts (3.81), Terrance Pryor- Criminal Justice (3.66), Jeremy Roberts- Social Work (3.66) and Vincent Hembrick- Biology (3.51).

Deja Francis-Psychology (3.71, Tatiana Smith-Accounting (3.66) and Breanna Collier- Social Work (3.62)
Kelvin Tanner –Computer Information Systems (3.55)

Men’s Cross-Country
Tyree Squires-Math (3.64)
Women’s Cross-Country/Track and Field
Ariel Lomax-Accounting (3.7) and Nekesha Whitaker –Criminal Justice (3.73)

Women’s Tennis
Kasey Dawson-Psychology (3.76), Brionne Bachus- Accounting (3.78) and
Vonnick Boyogueno- Accounting (3.75)

Women’s Track and Field
Asia McClain- Education (3.56)

Kailyn Blackmon- Psychology (3.74)

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