Feb. 15, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State University softball player Shayla Jackson has earned the prestigious honor of being named a 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidate. Thirty NCAA softball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the award.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
“I’m so proud of Shayla. It’s players like her that make coaching such a fulfilling profession,” head coach Lonni Alameda said. “She has gone above and beyond to make herself as representable as can be. The four areas that highlight this award are areas that she has thrived in since she became a Seminole, and I know that she will continue to be a role model for others even when she laces up her cleats one last time.”
Jackson, who is from Pembroke Pines, Fla., has excelled in all four of the aforementioned areas throughout her illustrious Seminole career. The senior leader shows a cumulative grade point average of 3.063 as a criminology major and computer science minor, showing consistent good grades in fulfilling her academic obligations.
Along with her entire softball team, Jackson has done an admirable job impacting the lives of many through her community service deeds. In the 2010-11 academic year, the reigning All-ACC Team performer completed over 30 hours just by herself. She participated in several worthwhile activities that include “Relay for Life,” a canned food drive, literacy week festivities, a charity softball game and much more.
As an on-field competitor, Jackson has boasted a strong career in the Garnet and Gold. She has a .332 career batting average with 190 base hits, 24 doubles, 10 triples and just 37 strikeouts in 608 plate appearances. In the 2011 year, she struck out just nine times and was the nation’s 18th-hardest softball student-athlete to fan. Her consistency at the plate is shown in her batting average numbers by year, hitting .315 as a freshman, .338 as a sophomore and .337 as a junior.
To read Jackson’s full candidate bio, access the official awards website at seniorCLASSaward.com. Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA Women’s College World Series, which will be held May 31-June 6 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I head coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
For information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. The award is sponsored by Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, and is managed by Premier Sports Management.
With fiscal year 2010 sales of $48.8 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,725 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s is the second largest home improvement retailer in the world. Lowe’s is an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA.
ABOUT THE NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletics opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit NCAA.org and NCAA.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.