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CCACSA Announces January 2021 Student-Athletes of the Month

by Judy Willson | Assoc. Communications Director
CCACSA Announces January 2021 Student-Athletes of the Month

BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes (CCACSA) recognizes six student-athletes for their scholastic and community achievements each month. Student-athletes are chosen based on their commitment to academic success and for their devotion to volunteerism and service to the community.

Here are the January 2021 CCACSA’s staff Student-Athletes of the Month:

• AJ Aycock, So., Football, Jonesboro, Arkansas (Major: General Business)

Nominator – Director of Academic Affairs Jason Shaw: “AJ had a great academic performance in the Fall of 2020. He has displayed a willingness to work hard and a desire to be a leader in the classroom and on the field of play. AJ is excited about his plans to graduate early in Spring 2021.”

• Damone Clark, Jr., Football, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Major: Sport Administration)

Nominator – Director of Academic Affairs Jason Shaw: “Damone had a great semester during Fall 2020. He carries the weight of the No. 18 jersey and has a strong desire to be a great example of a hard worker and desires to be a leader in the classroom and on the field.”

• Sami Durante, Sr., Gymnastics, Athens, Georgia (Major: Sport Administration)

Nominator – Assistant Director Taylor Dennehy: “Sami has done a great job in her classes the past few semesters. When classes moved on-line, she managed to work hard and earn a great grade point average. This past Fall she added another concentration to her major, adding several difficult courses to her schedule. Sami used this opportunity to challenge herself and earned a 4.0 in the Fall and a place on the President’s Honor Roll.

• Ajae Petty, Fr., Women’s Basketball, Baltimore, Maryland (Major: Kinesiology)

Nominator – Senior Associate Director Carole Walker: “Ajae is a true freshman who did an amazing job in her first semester while having all online courses and ended the semester with over a 3.5 semester grade point average. She attended all of her tutor appointments on time and prepared.”

• Lorena Rangel, Fr., Women’s Track & Field, San Luis Potosi, Mexico (Major: Plant and Soil Sciences)

Nominator – Graduate Assistant Dan Bowen: “Lorena is an international student who came to LSU in the middle of a global pandemic and finished her first semester of college with four As and one A-. She always brings positivity to our weekly check-ins and kept fighting through the tough times with a 1,000-watt smile on her face..”

• Helle Tuxen, Fr., Women’s Swimming & Diving, Stavanger, Norway (Major: Management)

Nominator – Manager of Student Support Services Brad Jones: “In what may go down as the craziest semester for any college student, Helle brought the positive attitude and strong effort we hope all of our student-athletes bring to their studies. She never missed a tutoring session and always came prepared. Helle demonstrated a desire to learn and a commitment to succeed academically.”

Accountability – Commitment – Success – Integrity – Diversity – Teamwork – Service – Education

It is through living the values of the Total Team Commitment 2017-2022, particularly education, academic success, and service to the community that six student-athletes are recognized as Cox Communications Academic Center Student-Athlete of the month. These values are fundamental to the growth and development of our student-athletes as they enter to learn, then leave to serve.

The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes is a 54,000 square-foot facility comprised of teams for academic affairs, student affairs and information technology, who annually serve more than 500 student-athletes. The purpose of the CCACSA is to provide an all-inclusive, student-centered support structure for all student-athletes from matriculation, through graduation, and life beyond.