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Chester Named a I-AAA Scholar-Athlete



CLEVELAND, Ohio - DePaul's Felicia Chester was among the 26 winners of the eighth annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Teams that was announced today by the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA).
 
"On behalf of the Division I-AAA ADA, I want to extend my congratulations to the student-athletes for their outstanding academic and athletics achievements," stated Tim Hall, chair of the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee and athletics director at the University of Missouri Kansas City. "They model the phrase student-athlete at the highest level.  We share the joy of acknowledging their momentous accomplishments."

Men's and women's basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials.

Additionally, from the Scholar-Athlete teams, one male and female student-athlete was selected as the Division I-AAA Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Receiving the women's honor was Miranda Ayim, a wellness public relations major from Pepperdine, with a 3.71 GPA; while the men's award went to Matt Howard, a finance major from Butler, with a 3.77 GPA.

Chester, who was also named to the I-AAA Scholar-Athlete in 2008-09, boasts a 3.79 GPA and is enrolled in DePaul's dual Bachelors/Masters program in Sociology with a concentration in Cultural Studies.   The junior forward averaged 10.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while Chester led the Blue Demons with 43 blocks.

The Blue Demons finished the 2009-10 season with a 21-12 record and finished in a tie for sixth in the BIG EAST Conference.  DePaul advanced to the NCAA Championship for the eight consecutive season and made the program's 15th overall tournament appearance.