92 Alcorn student-athletes earn SWAC academic honors

Alcorn State University’s student athletes are proving that they can succeed in the classroom as well as on the courts and fields.

A total of 92 student-athletes from Alcorn received Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) earned academic honors for their hard work in the classroom. The students selected maintained good academic standings while competing in their respected sports. Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Derek Horne expressed his pride in the student-athletes exceptional effort.

“It’s exciting to know that our student-athletes are achieving academic and athletic success,” said Horne. “It speaks volumes to have almost a third of your student-athlete population doing this well. Hopefully they can inspire other students to do their best.”

Miss Alcorn State University 2014 and former women’s basketball player Cortni Cooper, who made it onto the list, stressed the importance of student-athletes taking their studies seriously.

“Our purpose for attending college is to be a student,” said Cooper. “We are expected to gain more knowledge to begin a career in the future. This is our chance to lay the foundation for our future.”

Cooper gives encouraging words to the athletes that would help them continue to strive for academic greatness.

“Being a student-athlete is time consuming as well as draining, but if you are able to press through those moments and overcome obstacles, you will excel.”

Junior and football player Anthony Williams III understands how vital good academic standing is to a student-athlete’s career.

“We, as athletes, know that we must meet academic standards throughout our careers on campus to remain eligible to participate in sports. So we must stay committed to academic achievement while earning our degrees. Being a student comes first,” said Williams.

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