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Bethune-Cookman Places Three on MEAC All-Academic Team

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NORFOLK, Va. – Three student-athletes from Bethune-Cookman University were honored Friday in being named to the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) All-Academic Bowling Team announced by the conference office in Norfolk, Va. The MEAC recognizes student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, including sophomores to seniors, as well as transfer student-athletes, who have been in residence at the institution for at least one year.

Natalee Armstrong, Felicia Baker and Staci Hilliard were all present on the team representing Bethune-Cookman.

"I applaud our bowling student-athletes who have maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average during the current academic school year," said Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas. "In addition to acknowledging the accomplishments of these student-athletes, I also commend the athletic academic support staff, personnel and coaching staffs who contributed to the academic success of these student-athletes.”

Natalee Armstrong, a sophomore from West Palm Beach, Fla., served as a key contributor for the Wildcats this season, holding the third-highest average on the team throughout the campaign. In four tournaments this year, she picked up high games of 220 or better, including a career-best 235 twice (Wildcat Invitational / Fred E. Underwood Classic).

Felicia Baker, a sophomore from Marietta, Ga., held the second-highest average on the year for the Cats, and turned in a career-high game of 235 at the MEAC Southern Division event in which the Wildcats served as host in nearby DeLand, Fla.

Staci Hilliard rounds out the student-athletes for B-CU as she was also a member of the 2012 Commissioner’s All-Academic Team. A native of Port Huron, Mich., she was recently named to the All-MEAC Bowling Team, announced earlier today. Throughout the 2012-13 campaign, Hilliard was selected to six all-tournament teams, including picking up Most Outstanding Performer accolades at the MEAC Southern Division event on Nov. 11, 2012. In fact, she finished ranked as one of the top six individualists in all three southern divisional events on the campaign. Hilliard was also named to the 2012-13 Preseason All-MEAC Team to begin the year.

Listed below are the 2013 Women’s Bowling All-Academic honorees (by institutions):

Bethune-Cookman (3)

Natalee Armstrong

Felicia Baker

Staci Hilliard


Delaware State (5)

Victoria Bush

Crystal Connelly

Courtney Davis

Ashlen Kuhar

Noe'l Walker


Florida A&M (4)

Amber Brunson

Janell Dykes

Carrie Hopkinson

Carrie Jeffris


Hampton (3)

Rebecca Glazier

Pamela Kettler

Cierra Stancil


Howard (3)

Jordan Frazier

Jasmine Hardesty

Chantel Mitchell


Maryland Eastern Shore (7)

Mariana Alvarado

Megan Buja

Valentina Collazos

T'nia Falbo

Victoria Jones

Tatiana Munoz

Anggie Ramirez


Morgan State (4)

Danielle Hale

Atoya Leatherbury

Cedale Templeton

Ciera Troy


Norfolk State (8)

Thea Aspiras

Delilah Bethel

Courtney Brown

Ashley Buck

Carrie Hickey

Jessica Overton

Shelia-Marie Smith

Courtney Williford


North Carolina A&T State (2)

Amber Brown

Cherise Poole

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