Meet the top 20 USA TODAY 2004 College Academic All-Stars, all members of the first team:

Posted February 16, 2005
2005 College Academic All-Stars First Team

Jordan Paul Amadio, Princeton University: Home: Cazenovia, N.Y.; Age: 21; Major: Physics; GPA: 3.86; Graduating: May; Career goal: Physician, global science advocate, writer. Accomplishments: A physics major with minors in biophysics, materials engineering and Italian literature, Amadio developed nanotechnology techniques that may lead to improved biomedical devices and investigated the molecular pathway of Alzheimer's disease; founded Princeton Undergraduate Research Symposium; head scientific and technical writing tutor; traveled to Africa as Student Global Science Corps founder to network with scientists; Princeton University Press Club president has had dozens of articles published by newspapers such as The Independent in Great Britain; Goldwater Scholar; Spirit of Princeton Award.

Daniel Boothe,Radford (Va.) University:Home: Radford (formerly Salisbury, Md.) Age: 26; Major: Music composition; GPA: 3.806; Graduating: May 2006. Career goal: Conductor. Accomplishments: Commissioned to compose a symphonic piece as a memorial to three Minnesota teens, Boothe spent months composing Trinitas, which has been performed in three states; one of four selected for National Band Association Young Composer's Mentor Project; principal percussionist, Radford wind ensemble; substitute percussionist, Roanoke Symphony and Roanoke Opera; adjudicator, Winter Guard International Percussion; sang in Russian choral festival with the Radford Singers; president, Music Majors Organization and founder of National Band Association student chapter; Conductor's Guild master class with Frederick Fennell; student government senator; RU Presser music scholarship.

Daniel Clemens, Yale University: Home: Redlands, Calif.; Age: 22; Major: Political science; GPA: 3.9; Graduating: May. Career goal: Improving health and education policy. Accomplishments: Earning bachelor's and master's degrees concurrently, Clemens has won multiple political science fellowships to study the Cuban preventive health care system at Universidad de La Habana and how the initiative process affects the policy arena; founded Lift for Kids preventive health care program in New Haven; wrote book on history of health supplement industry; varsity tennis/team manager; election analysis for NBC; Yale University Community Outreach Committee; Rhodes Scholar.

Molly Crockett, University of California, Los Angeles: Home: Irvine, Calif.; Age: 21; Major: Psychobiology; GPA: 3.995; Graduating: June. Career goal: Psychology professor. Accomplishments: Crockett has presented posters on research using neuroimaging techniques to study how thinking about emotion affects emotion at two undergraduate and two professional conferences, including the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting; president, UCLA Alumni Scholars Club, an 800-member community service organization; UCLA Chorale and Chamber Singers; peer help line counselor and Regents Scholar mentor; American Psychological Association Summer Science Institute.

Melissa Dell, Harvard University: Home: Enid, Okla.; Age: 21; Major: Economics; GPA: 3.96; Graduating: June. Career goal: International development research and policy. Accomplishments: A rural Oklahoma student with a severe vision impairment who made it to Harvard, Dell is national director of College Matters (, a student-run non-profit organization to improve college access, and co-authored The College Matters Guide to Getting Into the Elite College of Your Dreams (McGraw-Hill); spent a summer in Peru doing policy analysis for Pro Mujer, a microfinance organization for women, and co-founded a non-profit organization assisting women's microfinance institutions (; Rhodes and Truman Scholar; Harvard Women's Leadership Network; varsity cross-country and track teams.

Pablo Durana, University of North Carolina: Home: Montreal, Quebec, Age: 21; Majors: Communications; business; GPA: 3.435; Graduating: December 2006. Career goal: Non-profit sector. Accomplishments: A trilingual student born in Colombia, Durana won a $1,500 Social Entrepreneur scholarship to start and lead the Carolina Language Partnership, a student-run program offering free English tutoring to campus cafeteria workers, housekeepers and gardeners, which now serves 70 Spanish- and Farsi-speaking campus employees; conducted two-week Spanish workshop for 13 dining managers; varsity cross country and track; produced two short films selected for local film festivals; salsa performing group; Hispanic mentoring program mentor; used travel scholarship to bicycle across Western China; Blue & White magazine's 2004 "Person of the Year."

Scott Erwin, University of Richmond: Home: Kansas City, Mo.; Age: 23; Majors: Political science, classical civilization; GPA: 3.97; Graduating: May. Career goal: Lawyer, public servant. Accomplishments: Spending last year working with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, Erwin founded Ambassadors of Democracy to teach Iraqi students the tenets of democracy; program has continued since Erwin was wounded June 2 in a car ambush that killed two Iraqi friends; Defense of Freedom Medal; internships with Vice President Cheney and Rep. Tom DeLay; founder, Veterans Engaged in Teaching Service and Sacrifice, in which veterans promoted civic education to adolescents; honor society president; student government vice president; mock trial co-captain; Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Caesar Garcia, Auburn University: Home: Baton Rouge; Age: 23; Major: Mechanical engineering; GPA: 3.91; Graduating: May. Career goal: Defense contracting in control systems. Accomplishments: A diver who placed 23rd at the Athens Olympics and who rescued five canoers and kayakers from a 2003 flash flood, Garcia started a character education program based on NCAA "Life Skills" principles at Yarbrough Elementary School, featuring fellow college athletes taping morning closed-circuit TV announcements; varsity diving team captain and student athlete advisory council; athlete representative for United States Diving; Cupola Engineering Society; Catholic Student Organization; 2003 mechanical engineering student of the year.

Rachel Husfeld, Valparaiso (Ind.) University: Home: Katy, Texas; Age: 20; Major: Civil engineering; GPA: 4.0; Graduating: June 2006. Career goal: Civil engineer. Accomplishments: Husfeld is chapter president of Engineers Without Borders, helping coordinate a three-year project designing and installing a windmill-powered well and drip irrigation system in Nakor, Kenya; co-authored article for American Society of Engineering Educators; volunteered with two construction projects in Mexico and is coordinating a third; Dean's Student Advisory Committee; Intervarsity Christian Fellowship small group leader; on a committee of students that successfully relocated a 32-foot steel truss bridge on campus; community band clarinetist; Spanish-English translator for free health care clinic.

Kelsey Bellamy Johnson, Centenary College of Louisiana: Home: Shreveport, La. (formerly Golden, Texas); Age: 21; Majors: Communications; French; GPA: 4.0; Graduating: May. Career goal: Book publishing. Accomplishments: Working on the university press's Centenary College Heritage Language Project, Johnson edited Les Ephemeres (Ephemeral Things), an 1841 French language poetry anthology by Alexandre Latil, the leper-poet of Creole Louisiana, which was featured at the Louisiana Book Festival and reviewed internationally; designed the cover for a second book; ecumenical worship leader; admissions office head ambassador; piano teacher; Webmaster for four college Web sites; community service organization project coordinator; full scholarship to study French in Belgium; wrote article in French for Canadian journal.

Jane Lee, Northwestern University: Home: Northridge, Calif.; Age: 21; Majors: Political science, legal studies; GPA: 3.67; Graduating: June. Career goal: Elected representative. Accomplishments: As student government external relations chair, Lee successfully organized students and community leaders to fight redistricting plans that would have diluted voting blocs of black voters and students in Evanston; working on second thesis on partisan gerrymandering; student government president; coordinated Big Bite Night restaurant sampling event bringing 2,000 students downtown and forging better community relations; Goldman Sachs Global Leader; Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow; U.S. governmental relations vice president, Technology and Education: Connecting Cultures; Kappa Delta philanthropy chair; delegate to conferences in China, Sweden, Czech Republic.

Laurel Yong-Hwa Lee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Home: Bothell, Wash.; Age: 23; Majors: Neuroscience, biology; GPA: 3.84; Graduating: June. Career goal: Physician-scientist, international health. Accomplishments: Research at MIT identifying and characterizing the intercellular pathway that an antigen takes before it generates a Class 1 immune response; study of the cellular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases won the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Exceptional Summer Student Award and was presented at the 2004 American Society for Neurochemistry meeting; medical mission work in Honduras; varsity lightweight crew and Student Athlete Advisory Executive Committee; chair, Academic Resources Center Student Advisory Board; associate adviser, Freshmen Advising Program; classical violinist; Rhodes Scholar.

Scott MacIntyre, Arizona State University: Home: Scottsdale, Ariz.; Age: 19; Major: Piano performance; GPA: 3.95; Graduating: May. Career goal: Concert pianist, teacher. Accomplishments: Legally blind since birth, MacIntyre entered Arizona State's honors college at 15 and has soloed on the piano with the Phoenix Symphony six times; performed hundreds of charity concerts as a pianist, vocalist and songwriter; scholarship piano study at Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and Tanglewood Institute; Butterfield Young Artists Competition winner; YMCA Youth in Government program; Marshall Scholar.

Anne O'Donnell; U.S. Naval Academy: Home: Swarthmore, Pa.; Age: 22; Major: Information technology GPA: 4.0 Graduating: May Career goal: Naval officer. Accomplishments: O'Donnell authored several papers on cyber-security, including one to be published in Naval Institute Proceedings; founded program donating used computers to community organizations in Annapolis; club lacrosse team co-captain; essay on torture suspects in the war on terror won Naval Academy's 2003 Ethics Essay Competition; 2003 Marine Corps Marathoner; helped create standard operating procedures for U.S. computer emergency response team while interning with the Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Air Force Achievement Medal; team mascot handler; summer language immersion study in Tver, Russia; Marshall Scholar.

Joshua Reeves, Stanford University: Home: Greenbrae, Calif.; Age: 21; Major: Electrical engineering; GPA: 3.98; Graduating: June. Career goal: High-tech and social entrepreneur. Accomplishments: Reeves co-founded and is executive director of Technology and Education: Connecting Cultures (, connecting students in the USA and China to carry out social projects incorporating technology and education, including summer institutes in China for middle-school teachers; patent pending on electronic device to aid muscular rehabilitation and currently conducting research in a neuroprosthetics lab; Goldman Sachs Global Leader; president, Stanford Engineering Association; won grant to study technology and development in Czech Republic and Poland that he presented at a school undergraduate research symposium.

Sarah Stillman, Yale University:Home: Washington, D.C.; Age: 20; Major: Anthropology; GPA: 3.95; Graduating: May 2006. Career goal: Human rights advocate. Accomplishments: Working with the Student Legal Action Movement, Stillman co-founded a prison tutoring program at three local prisons and started Reunite, a free prison transportation service for families; earning bachelor's and master's degrees concurrently; edits feminist journal; multimedia sculpture show recasting Barbies as prominent feminist figures; summer research on women's issues in China and Guatemala; speaking tours to promote two Soul Searching books for girls she wrote in high school; writing book on corporate globalization's impact on young women; articles published in national anthologies and campus publications; schoolwide journalism and composition prizes.

Aaron Tang, Yale University: Home: Painesville, Ohio; Age: 21; Major: Political science; GPA: 3.92; Graduating: May; Career goal: Education reform; elected office. Accomplishments: Founder and executive director of Our Education (, Tang raised $50,000 in grants to start the non-profit organization aimed at giving students a voice in their K-12 education, which publishes a student-written magazine, has an online forum and works to get high school student representation on school boards; College Mock Trial Northeast Regional Best Attorney award; tutors public school students and taught summer enrichment program for Cleveland inner-city middle-school students; Truman Scholar.

Trevor Thompson, U.S. Naval Academy: Home: Kent, Wash.; Age: 22; Major: History; GPA: 3.95; Graduating: May; Career goal: Navy SEAL. Accomplishments: After helping build homes in Nicaragua with Bridges to Community in 2003, Thompson organized a Bridges to Community trip for a group of midshipmen to build homes and cultural connections in Nicaragua in 2004, which led the Naval Academy to offer it as an annual summer training opportunity; First Regimental Commander and Carl Vinson Leadership Award winner; varsity baseball captain; roundtable moderator, Naval Academy Foreign Affairs conference; Rhodes Scholar.

Margaret Wat, Duke University: Home: Chapel Hill, N.C. (formerly Naperville, Ill.); Age: 21; Majors: Chemistry; biology; GPA: 3.99; Graduating: May. Career goal: Physician-scientist. Accomplishments: A two-time Goldwater Scholar who won research fellowships at Cold Springs Harbor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Wat has researched mouse embryonic stem cells and developed protocol and designed research reagents used in breast cancer research; poster presentations and abstracts published with the American Association for the Advancement of Science; taught undergraduate course on Science & Multimedia; secured $10,000 in funding to establish "Multimedia Scholars" scholarships and internships at Duke; revived Global Grasp volunteer group, which teaches English and life skills to low-wage immigrants.

Ashley White, Virginia Tech:Home: Newport News, Va.; Age: 22; Majors: Materials science and engineering; music; GPA: 3.90; Graduating: May. Career goal: University professor. Accomplishments: A double major who has taken 20 to 30 credit hours per semester, White spent 11 weeks in Paraguay and Mexico teaching music and researching youth orchestra programs; research on aerogels at Virginia Tech and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; co-authored research in Journal of Noncrystalline Solids; research internships at MIT and Cornell; student concertmaster, New River Valley Symphony; private violin teacher; graduate-level science study in Rome; Goldwater and Marshall Scholar.