Nola chosen as finalist for Lowe's honor

Senior CLASS Award recognizes character and commitment in the classroom.

LSU senior shortstop Austin Nola is one of 30 candidates announced Thursday for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a senior and and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: Community, classroom, character and competition.

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.

Nola has a 3.2 GPA as a sports administration major and was named to the 2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll. He was also voted to the 2011 SEC Community Service Team as the leader of LSU baseball squad's philanthropic efforts.

Nola, a 2010 All-SEC selection and the MVP of the 2010 SEC Tournament, is a four-year starter for the Tigers and was instrumental in LSU's drive to the 2009 College World Series title. He is hitting .333 through LSU's first four games this season with a team-best 6 RBIs.

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 areas.

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