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Recent Duquesne Student-Athlete Graduate Scores in Classroom, on Track

North Huntingdon’s Alexander Federinko graduated as valedictorian of the A.J. Palumbo Donahue School of Business this year, received awards from a state organization and multiple awards from the school—and has placed in the Atlantic 10 track and field championships since his freshman year.

Both an athlete and a scholar, Federinko is second in Duquesne’s history in the triple jump and third in the University’s long jump record book. Even with team practices, training schedules and meets, he has maintained a near-perfect 3.99 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Federinko’s outstanding efforts have been recognized with the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Award, as well as the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, the Accounting Alumni Award and the Distinguished Accounting Scholar Award.

Federinko is only one of the student-athletes at Duquesne who lifted the University’s team to a perfect score in their academic standing for the 2009-2010 academic year. Among all 16 athletic programs, 14 Duquesne teams scored above the national average in their sports, according to the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) report.

Also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honour Society, Federinko is a member of the A-10 Commissioners Honor Roll.

An intern at Bayer Corp. and the Pittsburgh Pirates, he volunteered as a group leader at the Student Athlete Leadership Academy, helping to motivate nearly 250 high school student-athletes to develop their leadership potential.

Son of Darla and Edward Federinko, he has accepted a position with Deloitte & Touche LLP in Pittsburgh.

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