Twenty students from across the nation are selected for USA TODAY's 2010 All-USA College Academic First Team, and one of those students is from eastern Carolina.
Twenty-two year old James Waters, from Morehead City in Carteret County, is an Academic All Star for his successes in and out of the classroom.
Waters studied statistics and economics at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Among his studies, Waters wrote his thesis on the effects of Nicaragua's free trade zones on education, learned some Japanese for a research trip on World War II and studied Buddhism in Nepal.
A panel of judges made up of hundred of college juniors and seniors selected these all-star students. Each All-USA College Academic First Team member receives a $2,500 cash reward.