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Kamui’s Ongoing Quest for Excellence

For the second year in a row, Kamui Brand honored billiard student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA as part of their Quest for Excellence award during the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) Junior National 9-Ball Championships.
This year, all junior nationals participants with a 4.0 GPA were invited to answer the following questions:
1.      How would you improve the billiard industry? And why?
2.      How would you improve the image of the sport?
3.      Why should you be chosen to receive the Quest for Excellence award?
Of the 14 submissions, John Bertone, Kamui USA Brand Representative, selected four lucky recipients. This year’s winners were:
1.      Taylor Hansen, age 17 (Mankato, MN)
2.      Aryana Lynch, age 13 (Allen, Texas)
3.      Karsyn Terry, age 17 (Chicago, Illinois)
4.      Justin Toye, age 15 (Bayville, NJ)
These four individuals will be featured as part of Kamui’s Quest for Excellence, and also received:
·         A custom Quest for Excellence award
·         A professional photoshoot with senior designer/photographer JP Parmentier
·         Over $500 in Kamui product as part of the Kamui sponsorship
·         A custom one-page Player Profile Website by On The Wire Creative Media
·         Their very own collectible Kamui Players Card
To read each of their essay answers, please visit:

2016 Super Billiards Expo Players Championship – Karsyn Terry vs Allison Fisher Proudly Sponsors the 2013 BEF Academic All-American Award

September 21, 2013 (Englewood, CO): The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) strives to support and recognize the billiard student-athletes who excel in the classroom and in competition. The BEF Academic All-American junior award honors those student-athletes who earn an entry into the BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships along with earning at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
This year’s junior award recognized 41 recipients who each received recognition during the BEF Junior Nationals awards banquet, a commemorative trophy, and a $75 gift certificate to spend with the growing online billiard and dart retailer, All student-athletes who achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA received$100 gift certificate for
Congratulations to the 2013 BEF Academic All-American Award Winners:
Iris Alvarenga
*Joey Bourgeois
Cheyanne Cevallos
Seth Chilcutt
Ricky Evans
Mikey Evans
Ashley Fisher
Carly Fristoe
Hailey Fullerton
Ashley Fullerton
Joshua Goodknight
Emily Herpel
Adilynn Hoffman
Samuel Hoffman
Tyler Howell
*Michelle Jiang
Mathew Johnson
Kody Kelly
Sheign Krafczik
Seth Krafczik
Rachel Lang
*April Larson
Chayton Lofgren
Ian Lucera
*Baron Mauro
Jake Miosi
*Jacob Miska
Tanner Nickels
Micah Ott
Mahkeal Parris
Keila Perez
Andy Poutry
Juli Poutry
Paxton Proctor
Taren Stewart
Karsyn Terry
Cristina Watson
Joseph Watson III
Selena West
Kyle White
*Shane Wolford
Savanna Wolford
* Indicates a perfect 4.0 GPA
Str8 Shots is an online retailer for billiard and dart supplies. Visit their store at They have also been hosting a series of successful adult and junior events throughout Colorado and plan to bring even more events, including tournaments and fundraisers in the coming months.
The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) was formed in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity committed to promoting a lifelong love of pool and building the next generation of players through youth programs and academic scholarships. Visit or call (303) 926-1039 to learn more about junior billiard programs in your area.