Tiger Twelve Class of 2023 Spotlight: Jackson Martingayle
May 01, 2023
Jackson Martingayle of Virginia Beach, Va., is an LSU Ogden Honors College student who will graduate with a degree in natural resource ecology and management and a minor in Spanish. While at LSU, Martingayle balanced being a student-athlete and involved student, experiencing growth and self-discovery.
Martingayle was a highly decorated athlete, achieving honors such as Southeastern Conference (SEC) Runner of the Week three times, H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Postgraduate Education Scholarship LSU Nominee, 2023 LSU Battle on the Bayou Invitational 3000m Champion, 2022 LSU XC Invitational Champion, and 2021 LSU Purple Tiger 3000m Champion.
Additionally, Martingayle was involved in various extracurriculars, including Louisiana Service and Leadership (LASAL), Society of Wetland Scientists, LSU Student-Athlete Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and LSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), where he served as Vice President.
"My time at LSU has been a crazy, fun adventure that I have thoroughly enjoyed," Martingayle said. "I have spent my time working towards being a better person and taking advantage of every opportunity I could to learn about how I can better make a difference."
Martingayle completed an internship with the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration's Chesapeake Bay Office during the summer of 2022. He also participated in undergraduate research under the mentorship of Andy Nyman, conducting research funded in part by LSU Discover.
"Dr. Andy Nyman and his Ph.D. student, Ashley Booth, made a huge impact on my LSU experience. If it were not for their encouragement and support, I might not have been able to be involved in research in the way I was, and they helped me balance being a three-season athlete with being a student worker. Their assistance with my research project was critical to its success," Martingayle said.
After graduation, Martingayle will attend the University of Virginia School of Law.
"Receiving this recognition means a lot to me because it acknowledges all of the hard work I have done while at LSU," Martingayle said. "It recognizes the balance that I have strived so hard to maintain for four years of academics, athletics, service and fun."
“ Receiving this recognition means a lot to me because it acknowledges all of the hard work I have done while at LSU. It recognizes the balance that I have strived so hard to maintain for four years of academics, athletics, service, and fun. ”