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CCACSA Announces Student-Athletes of the Month

Grant Kauvar
Grant Kauvar
Communications Student Assistant

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 Michael Cherry [Men’s Track and Field], Michael Papierski [Baseball], Andre Anthony [Football], Ellie Weber [Soccer] and Ruby Harrold [Gymnastics]. Skylar Holloway [Women’s Tennis] was selected as the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program Student-Athlete of the Month.

Cherry is an Interdisciplinary Studies Major; Papierski and Anthony are Sport Administration Majors; Weber is a Communication Disorders Major; Harrold is a Kinesiology Major and Holloway is majoring in Business Administration.

Cherry is a standout sprinter on the men’s track and field team. The 2-time NCAA champion came on board with the Tigers for the 2016 season where he continued his stellar college career. As a member of the 4x400-meter relay team, he helped LSU sweep the NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor titles running the third leg. On top of that, Cherry, a Virginia native, is ranked No. 6 on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the 400-meter sprint with a time of 45.61 seconds. On top of all those accomplishments, the sprinter is also a five-time All-American, an SEC champion, and a two-time All-SEC team member.

Papierski is a catcher on the LSU baseball team. Now a junior, he has enjoyed success in the game of baseball throughout his entire life that includes him being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 16th round of the 2014 MLB draft. He decided to get his education instead and come to LSU. Last season, Papierski emerged as the starting catcher for LSU. During the Tiger’s post-season run during the 2016 season, he was a critical piece to the puzzle. He remains to be a critical member on this year’s team where he continues to make a huge impact on the field.

Anthony is a redshirt freshman defensive for the Tigers. He’s a pass-rushing defensive end who has extreme quickness coming off the edge. He is working hard this spring and will try to make an impact on the field during this coming fall.

Weber is a defender on the soccer team. During the past season, she started in seven games and made appearances in 13 games. She recorded one assist in that time. She will look to make a big impact next season for the Tigers.

Harrold performs all-around for the gymnastics team. Aside from competing for the Tigers, she has also competed for Great Britain twice in the Olympics. She was an alternate for the 2012 team and was on the five-gymnast squad last summer in Rio de Janeiro. She is just a freshman this year, but has already made an impact for the Tigers mainly on bars, but also on vault and floor. She helped LSU capture its 16th NCAA regional Title this season by scoring a 9.875 on bars in the NCAA Lincoln Regional. Her work and the Tiger’s work is not done yet as they will look to capture a National Championship later this month.

Holloway 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 her LSU career. Holloway is a member on the No. 19 nationally ranked LSU women’s tennis teams. She is 11-10 in doubles matches this season, thus far. In 2015, she was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the SEC All-Tournament Team.

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.

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.

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