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 April.
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.
April’s student-athletes of the month are Danielle Mitchell [Track and Field], Chidi Okeke [Football], Layna Savoie [Softball], Stacey Stanfield [Swimming & Diving] and Maea Teuhema [Football]. Shanice Hall [Track and Field] was selected as the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program Student-Athlete of the Month.
Hall is a communication studies major, Mitchell is a child and family studies major, Okeke is a social science major, Savoie is a psychology major, Stanfield is an English major and Teuhema is an interdisciplinary studies major.
A native of Natick, Massachusetts, Mitchell competes in the 60, 100 and 200-meter dash. The junior lined up in the 60-meter dash in five meets during the 2015 indoor season, and ran a time of 26.58 seconds for 11th place in her only 200-meter race of the season at the LSU High Performance Meet.
Okeke is a redshirt freshman from Anambra, Nigeria, who is a raw offensive line prospect with tremendous potential. The offensive lineman has a huge upside as he did not begin playing football until 2013 when he arrived in the United States and was a five-star prospect by 247 Sports out of high school.
Junior outfielder Savoie has appeared in two games this season, mostly coming on to pinch run for the Tigers. She scored four runs in the 2015 season, coming against Eastern Illinois, Hofstra, McNeese State and Missouri, and as a freshman, she was named Blazer Chapter of Mortar Board Top Ten Freshmen at LSU.
Stanfield, a senior freestyler from St. Johns, Florida, placed first in a quad meet in Houston in the 500-free, finishing with a time of 4:52.22. She was also a member of the 2014 and 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Freshman offensive guard Teuhema was named a 2015 True Freshman All-America by ESPN.com after he played in all 11 games, starting the last 10 at left guard. He raked up 61 knockdown blocks in 642 offensive snaps this season, posting a season-high nine knockdowns against Eastern Michigan and Ole Miss.
Hall 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 the year. The senior from Portmore, St. Catherine, Jamaica, scored for the Lady Tigers for the third-straight time at the SEC Championships after she matched her indoor personal best with a first-attempt clearance at 5-10 in the women’s high jump for a career-best fifth-place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships.
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.