BATON ROUGE - LSU gymnast Sarie Morrison was selected by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and Scholar-Baller for the First Team National Academic Momentum Award. The Scholar Baller program, in conjunction with NCAS, announced the recipients of the Academic Momentum Award earlier this week. This year, 89 nominations were received from 30 different colleges and universities across the country.
"I feel so honored to have been nominated for the academic momentum award," Morrison said. "I am so happy that my hard work and dedication is paying off. This is a huge accomplishment for me and I couldn't be more excited to accept this award. Thank you to everyone who has pushed me to be a better student and a better person in the LSU community."
The nominations were divided into three teams based on the level of academic improvement and the impact of that academic momentum on each nominee and his or her peers. A total of 28 male and female award recipients from the NCAS schools were chosen for team one, 17 recipients were chosen for team two and 19 recipients for the third team.
Morrison was nominated by Jade Bryan, Assistant Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Civic Engagement as well as academic advisor for gymnastics.
"I'm thrilled for Sarie, because she is very deserving of this award," said Bryan. "She has worked extremely hard to improve her academic standing and has made it a real priority to put in the time and effort to succeed in the classroom. Sarie exemplifies the definition of an LSU student-athlete, and we are excited to see what her future holds."
Morrison has excelled in the gym where she earned 2012 Second Team All-America honors on uneven bars, and she is also a 2011 Second Team All-SEC and Freshman All-SEC performer on vault. She currently ranks No. 6 nationally on bars with a 9.875 average and No. 12 on vault with a 9.894 average.
Established in 1995, the Scholar Baller movement evolved in response to concerns that the student-athlete's athletics role increasingly superseded the student role. In order to address this issue, the founding members of Scholar Baller developed a groundbreaking program to bridge the gap between education and sport utilizing student-athletes' passion for entertainment and athletics.
As a result, the Scholar Baller program has produced unprecedented outcomes in student retention and academic achievement. Each award recipient will receive a recognition certificate; the second and first team will also receive an authentic Scholar Baller medal. All nominees are individually and collectively a testament to the "student" in "student-athlete." Their commitment to academics and athletics is truly an inspiration.