CCACSA Announces Student-Athletes of the Month

by Alissa Cavaretta
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CCACSA Announces Student-Athletes of the Month

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes honored six student-athletes for their academic achievements and community service for the month of July.

Each month, five student-athletes are recognized for their academic improvement, dedication and proven ability. In addition, one student-athlete is chosen through LSU’s Student-Athlete Affairs program for their volunteerism and commitment to the community.

July’s student-athletes of the month are Nick Brossette [Football], John Michael Busch [Men’s Tennis], Sydney Ewing [Gymnastics], Derrius Guice [Football] and Kara Kopcso [Swimming and Diving]. Shonacee Oliva [Gymnastics] was selected as the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program Student-Athlete of the Month.

Brosette is a management major; Busch is a finance major; Ewing, Kopsco and Oliva are kinesiology majors and Guice is a psychology major.

A Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, freshman Brossette was a five-year varsity starter at running back for University High School and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the state championship game. The running back also holds the Louisiana state record for most rushing touchdowns in a four-year span with 141.

Busch is a junior tennis player from Kennesaw, Georgia, whose career singles record is 8-12 and doubles record is 9-10. The junior was named to the SEC Spring Honor Roll and was also named to the SEC Tennis Community Service Team after participating in numerous service events throughout 2014-2015.

Ewing, a sophomore all-arounder from Lafayette, Louisiana, was a returning All-American for the Tigers and competed in vault, beam and floor during her sophomore season. She tallied career high 9.925s on vault and floor at Centenary and against Minnesota, respectively, during the 2015 season.

The freshman from Baton Rouge, Louisiana Guice is a freshman who was a five-star recruit and was named the No. 2 running back nationally by Rivals. Guice was named the MVP of the U.S. Army All-American game and was named MVP after he broke the record for receiving yards with 153 and recorded two touchdowns in the game.

Sophomore Kopsco who competes in the individual medley and butterfly events from Mandeville, Louisiana holds LSU’s record in the 200 butterfly and 800 freestyle relay. Kopsco qualified for three NCAA Division I Championship events including the 200 butterfly, 100 butterfly and the 200 individual medley.

Oliva was selected as the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program Student-Athlete of the Month for her dedication to the community, participating in numerous service events throughout her sophomore year. The all-arounder from Clermont, Florida, was named to the 2014 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll and provides solid depth to the gymnastics team.

For putting forth extra effort in the classroom and community in addition to their rigorous academic and competition schedules, these six student-athletes will have their pictures displayed on the wall in the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.

The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes is a 54,000 square foot facility comprised of an academic affairs, student affairs and an information technology team, serving more than 530 student-athletes. The purpose is to provide an all-inclusive, student-centered support structure for all student-athletes from matriculation, through graduation and life beyond.