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March 2021 CCACSA Student-Athletes of the Month

by Judy Willson | Assoc. Communications Director
March 2021 CCACSA 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 March 2021 CCACSA’s staff Student-Athletes of the Month:

• Taylor Bridges, Sr., Women’s Tennis, Mesa, Arizona (Major: Sociology)

Nominator – Academic Advisor Delanie Authement: “Taylor is approaching graduation in May and continues to show growth and development in her academic career. Last Fall, she worked really hard and overcame many challenges created by virtual classes and made the Dean’s List. She has continued to give her all to her academics and is finding similar success this Spring. I’m incredibly proud of her effort and positive attitude.”

• Christina Desidero, Sr., Gymnastics, Hackettstown, New Jersey (Major: Sport Administration)

Nominator – Assistant Director Taylor Dennehy: “Christina worked extremely hard in the Fall semester and earned a place on the Dean’s List. She has shown continued improvement in her courses and has done a great job setting an example for her teammates.”

• Raeleen Gutierrez, R-Fr., Softball, Upland, California (Major: Finance)

Nominator – Graduate Assistant Lindsey Monica: “Raeleen has been working hard in and out of the tutoring sessions that I have had the opportunity to work with her over several semesters. While classes like financial and managerial accounting and macroeconomics are tough, she always has a great attitude and takes great notes.”

• Maddie Howell, Fr., Women’s Swimming & Diving, Madison, Mississippi (Major: Mass Communication – Journalism)

Nominator – Academic Advisor Delanie Authement: “Since her arrival on campus in the Fall, every interaction I’ve had with Maddie has been great. Her positivity is infectious and she never fails to put a smile on the faces of those around her. She goes above and beyond in her pursuit of academic achievement and is always willing to help her teammates.”

• Allee Morris, So., Volleyball, Covington, Louisiana (Major: Business)

Nominator – Associate Director Ericka Lavender: “Allee is carrying a tough academic schedule this semester and competing in-season during the Spring due to the challenges of COVID. She is knocking it out of the park in her accounting and economics courses. I want to acknowledge her hard work and dedication to academics during our ever-changing ‘new normal’ in the academic world.”

• Emmaline Walters, Sr., Volleyball, Huntington Beach, California (Major: Interdisciplinary Studies – Business, Communication Studies, and Psychology)

Nominator – Associate Director Ericka Lavender: “Emmaline has persevered both academically and athletically during this challenging semester. Spring 2021 is the first time that volleyball is in competition season due to the challenges of COVID. She is excelling in the classroom and deserves the recognition for her continued hard work and dedication to academics.”

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.