BATON ROUGE - The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes honored six LSU student-athletes as part of their academic achievements and community service for June.
Each month, five student-athletes are recognized for their academic improvement, dedication and proven ability on the field. In addition, one student-athlete is chosen through LSU's Student-Athlete Affairs program for their volunteerism and commitment to the community.
June's student-athletes of the month are Alex Boulet [Softball], Tyler Hanover [Baseball], Barkevious Mingo [Football], Chase Clement [Football] and Mckenzie Fox [Gymnastics]. Brittany Mack [Softball] was selected as the Shaquille O'Neal CHAMPS/Student-Athlete Affairs Athlete of the Month.
Boulet is majoring in math, with a focus on secondary education, while Hanover and Mingo are majoring in sports administration. Clement is a general studies major, and Mack recently graduated with a degree in kinesiology.
A sophomore outfielder from Crowley, La., Boulet recently competed in the Women's College World Series, where her impressive grades earned her the NCAA's Elite 89 Award. The honor is given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA amongst the eight programs at the WCWS. On top of that, Boulet was also named to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in 2011.
Hanover, a senior infielder from Kernersville, N.C., played a key role in the success of his team at the recent NCAA Baton Rouge Regional hosted at Alex Box Stadium. In LSU's first game of the regional, Hanover drove home the game-winning runs versus UL-Monroe. His success is spread throughout his career at LSU, as he was also selected to the 2010 SEC All-Tournament Team.
A junior defensive end from West Monroe, La., Mingo enters the upcoming season with a portfolio of success both on and off the field. He was selected to the Second Team All-SEC by the AP and earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week against Auburn during the 2011 season. He was also chosen as Freshman All-SEC by the league coaches in 2010. Aside from football, Mingo dedicates much of his time to the community, which is proven by his recent participation with the Big Buddy Program and his visit to the Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.
Clement, a senior tight end from Thibodaux, La., played in thirteen games during his junior season, where he tallied seven receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown. Clement's GPA and community service do not go unnoticed, as he recently took part in the Big Buddy Program's visit to LSU and was also selected as a Student-Athlete of the Month in December.
A sophomore uneven bars gymnast from Waukesha, Wisc., Fox finished her second season at LSU with a career-high 9.775 score at the NCAA Seattle Regional, which allowed her to progress to the NCAA Championships Semifinal. In addition to her athletic achievements, she picked up a SEC Academic Honor Roll selection this year and SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in 2011.
Mack, the recently graduated pitcher from Round Rock, Tx., has almost too many accolades to name, both on and off the mound. She recently played a key role as the Tigers appeared in the Women's College World Series for the first time since 2004. The senior right-hander also earned a spot on the NFCA All-Region Second-Team.
Mack led her team off the field as she participated in a multitude of community service. She championed and created the Geaux Play Program, which benefited the Miracle League of Baton Rouge. Mack and her teammates visited the Miracle League before departing for NCAA Columbia Super Regional. Her hard work earned her a spot on the 2012 SEC Community Service Team, and Mack also received SEC Academic Honor Roll three times during her LSU career.
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.