LSU University College’s Summer Scholars Honors 23rd Class

08/06/2014 10:27 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU University College’s Summer Scholars presented its annual “Celebration of Excellence” closing ceremony and banquet on Friday, Aug. 1, at The Club at LSU Union Square. University College awarded 16 book awards and special recognition honors to the Class of 2014.


The closing ceremony and banquet enables students to share highlights from the summer program, as well as to reward the scholars’ on their academic achievements.
“Summer Scholars Class of 2014 has been another engaging experience for the 41 participants,” said Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College. “This 23rd cohort has embraced the concepts of this program, and we expect to see each of them flourish in their academic careers at LSU.”


Administered by University College, Summer Scholars is an eight-week summer bridge program that prepares selected high-achieving, minority students to make a successful transition from high school to the university. This experience offers students the opportunity during the summer semester prior to their college freshman year to become adjusted to the academic, personal, and social challenges that they may encounter at LSU.


“In Summer Scholars, we have a saying – ‘Once a Scholar, Always a Scholar,’” said Annette L. Yancy, coordinator of Summer Scholars and academic counselor with University College’s Center for Advising & Counseling. “Students develop friendships here that can last for the rest of their lives.”


“It is gratifying to see former Summer Scholars and invested community leaders committed to our program. The philanthropic concept of ‘paying it forward’ with these generous book awards is a testimony to the impact that the Summer Scholars program makes in our LSU students’ lives,” said Ivey.


University College salutes these deserving LSU students in succeeding in their academic achievements, and expresses our gratitude to parents and friends for their continued support.


Members of the 2014 Summer Scholars class and any respective awards received include:


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Ian Alexander



John Thompson


Baton Rouge
Diondra Alexander – Benson, Gilbert, Smith, Walker Book Award
Amber Jarrell – Samantha C. White Book Award
Whitney Robertson – Special Presentation by Campus Federal Credit Union


Bossier City
Phillip Cooper


Mikaela Jarrell – Beauford Pines Book Award


Denham Springs
Mon Christian Tapalla


Jerica Cole


Peter Brooks


Ashara Grimes


Moctar Coll


Elysia Johnson


Derricka Royal


Lake Charles
Justin Guillory – Beauford Pines Book Award
Joshua Malone
TraVal Shanklin


Jasmin Gosey – Benson, Gilbert, Smith, Walker Book Award


Leonardo Martinez – Melissa Dillon-Dotson Book Award
Daniella Ochoa - Benson, Gilbert, Smith, Walker Book Award


New Iberia
Riad Elkhanoufi – Leonard Johnson Book Award


New Orleans
Lorenzo Castro – Antonio Cousin Book Award
Maya Esteves
Kenya Johnson
Malcolm Poree II


Sydnei Hall – Alex Pines Book Award
Kristalyn Richard
Nationa Young


Pearl River
Dominique Ketchen – Benson, Gilbert, Smith, Walker Book Award


Ashley Deville


Port Allen
Jalen Davis


Brea Manuel – Saundra Yancy McGuire Book Award
Chloe Poydras
Jordan Simmons


Kameron Williams


Nicholas Williams – Philip Micah Thomas Book Award


Ariel Johnson
Heather Scoby – Levar K. James Book Award
Brianna Young – Special Presentation by Campus Federal Credit Union



Rodney Pradier Jr.



Javisa Eppes


About LSU University College
Since 1933, LSU University College has served as the portal of entry for students enrolled at LSU. Academic and personal success is the hallmark of a well-rounded student, and University College provides a foundation of support services for students beginning their academic careers at LSU. University College has two enrollment divisions: The Center for Freshman Year and The Center for Advising and Counseling. Additionally, University College offers retention-specific programs: Student Support Services, Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars, and Summer Scholars. These academic support programs focus on particular student populations and are a significant part of the role and mission of University College.


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Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014