WO-S grad Robertson earns scholar honors at LSUS

Published 10:29 am Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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LSU-Shreveport Athletics regularly competes at a championship level in competition, but this year they reached new heights in the classroom. Posting their best year ever, the Pilots achieved a collective 3.1 GPA between the Fall and Spring semesters combined, with 73 student-athletes achieving over a 3.0 GPA for the year.

Former West Orange-Stark baseball standout and Pilot standout Payton Robertson made the elite scholar-athlete list by doing a wonderful job in the classroom.

The Pilots overall success in the classroom was continued in the Spring semester after an incredibly strong Fall. This Spring was unpredictable as the NAIA cancelled all sports because of the COVID-19 pandemic forcing all students to take their classes remotely. Certainly, a situation that could have resulted in all-time lows, but as student-athletes regularly do, they met that adversity with resilience and determination and performed at levels that had never before been achieved. The Pilots finished the Spring with a 3.0 semester GPA with 88 student-athletes being named scholar athletes for achieving a 3.0 Spring GPA. This combined with the 3.2 GPA and 66 scholar athletes in the Fall brings the Pilots overall GPA on the year to a 3.1 with a total of 154 scholar athletes. This was truly a banner year for academics at LSUS.

“I’m so proud of our student-athletes and their ability to rise to the occasion when things got difficult,” said LSUS Director of Athletics Lucas Morgan. “Balancing academics and athletics can be a challenging task, but our student-athletes persevered and met the challenges head on. This is truly a team effort and I congratulate not only our student-athletes, but our coaches, faculty, staff, and administrators across campus for overcoming a difficult situation and succeeding.”

Three of the Pilots teams had a combined Fall/Spring GPA above a 3.0: Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer and Women’s Tennis. Baseball and Women’s Basketball each finished with a 2.9 collective GPA across both semesters.