Former Howard University student-athletes Michelle Brown and Anna Akhimien were recently named to the 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete list, an honor reserved only for premiere athletes with excellent academic grades.

Howard sophomore Talia Johnson, a current member of the Lady Bison tennis team, also earned a slot on the list.

Besides their stellar success on the tennis court, all three student-athletes dominated in the classroom.

Brown notched a perfect 4.00 grade point average last academic year, while Akhimien earned a 3.79 grade point average; Johnson finished her freshman year with a 3.64 grade point average.
“I am extremely proud of their accomplishments in the classroom,”

Howard head tennis coach Larry Strickland said. “It was a goal we set and met during the 2011-12 season.”

According to ITA Scholar-Athlete criteria, student-athletes are able to earn the award by being a varsity letter winner, having a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and having been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.

Howard’s entire women tennis team, which combined for a program-high 3.51 grade point average, was also named to the ITA All-Academic Teams list, marking the second consecutive year the team has garnered the award.