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 WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- USA TODAY named 20 college undergraduates to its All-USA College Academic First Team today, honoring the students for outstanding scholarship, intellectual achievement and leadership.
 The 20 will be honored at an awards luncheon at USA TODAY headquarters in Arlington, Va., today. Each winner will receive a $2,500 cash award.
 "USA TODAY is proud to continue its tradition of commitment to honoring excellence throughout the country, particularly in the field of academics," said USA TODAY Editor Peter S. Prichard.
 The first team was selected from 1,342 scholars nominated by their colleges and universities. Additionally, 20 students were named to second and third teams.
 Candidates were judged on academic performance, honors, awards, rigor of academic pursuits and the ability to express themselves in writing. The criterion given the most weight by judges was a student's outstanding original academic or intellectual product. The judges relied on the student's ability to describe the effort in writing, supplemented by recommendations from the nominating professor and up to three other persons of the nominee's choice.
 The 20 members of the All-USA Academic First Team are:
 -- Cheryl D. Bankston, senior, University of Alabama at Huntsville. Home: Huntsville, Ala.
 -- Narquis Barak, senior, University of California, Los Angeles. Home: Northridge, Calif.
 -- Dan H. Barouch, senior, Harvard University. Home: Bethesda, Md.
 -- Kamala D. Dansinghani, junior, Dartmouth College. Home: East Hartford, Conn.
 -- Mirah J. Dow, senior, Emporia State University. Home: Eureka, Kan.
 -- Njeri (Jerry) K. Fuller, senior, University of Iowa. Home: Conyers, Ga.
 -- Franklin Garrett, senior, Long Island University. Home: Brooklyn, N.Y.
 -- Leigh Anne Gatewood, senior, Baylor University. Home: Columbus, Miss.
 -- Peter G. Hartigan, senior, Duke University. Home: Kenilworth, Ill.
 -- Chad B. Hovey, junior, Montana State University. Home: Great Falls, Mont.
 -- Maria Josefina Lopez, senior, Columbia College at Chicago. Home: Los Angeles.
 -- Mary C. Meaney, senior, Princeton University. Home: Corpus Christi, Texas.
 -- Lara A. O'Connor, senior, Georgia Institute of Technology. Home: Clarkston, Ga.
 -- Hung T. Pham, senior, Regis University. Home: Denver.
 -- Randal D. Pinkett, senior, Rutgers University. Home: East Windsor, N.J.
 -- Stefan E. Radloff, senior, University of Tulsa. Home: Albuquerque, N.M.
 -- Cynthia L. Riemann, senior, Kansas State University. Home: Derby, Kan.
 -- Karen S. Schlangen, senior, University of Minnesota. Home: La Crescent, Minn.
 -- Danielle C. Sepulveda, senior, William and Mary. Home: Washingtonville, N.Y.
 -- Joanna E. Stone, junior, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Home: Hollywood, Calif.
 Criteria for judging were developed in consultation with USA TODAY's co-sponsors: the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
 Final judges were: Lew Armistead, National Association of Secondary School Principals; Frank Balz, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; Penelope Earley, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; Suzanne Forsyth, American Council on Education; Jade Gingerich, American Association of State Colleges and Universities; Roz Hiebert, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges; Shanda Ivory, National Association of College Admission Counselors; Allan Kirschner, United Negro College Fund; Sheila McDaniel, Council for Advancement and Support of Education; Molly Meeks, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society; Iris Molotsky, American Association of University Professors.
 Stouffer Hotels and Resorts, continuing its commitment to educational excellence, is the sponsor of special events related to the All-USA College Academic Team.
 This marks the fourth year USA TODAY has named a college academic team. In April, USA TODAY will announce its third annual All-USA Junior College Team and in May, the seventh annual All-USA High School Academic Team.
 USA TODAY, the country's only national, daily, general-interest newspaper, is printed at 32 locations across the USA and is available nationwide. USA TODAY's International Edition, printed in Europe and in Asia, is available worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Steven Anderson, manager of media relations, USA TODAY, 703-276-5872 or, after hours, 703-771-8042.

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