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Men’s and Women’s Candidates Announced for the 2020-21 Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award

March 03, 2021

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 3, 2021) – Twenty-four Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®) men’s and women’s student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were unveiled as candidates for the 2020-21 Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award®. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award recognizes the total student-athlete and encourages student leaders to use their platform in athletics to positively impact their communities. 

CIAA award candidates were nominated by their respective universities, must be classified as a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

In addition to athletic achievements, these young leaders volunteer time with charitable organizations, maintain a strong grade-point average and demonstrate positive character traits. Each of the men’s and women’s candidates will be recognized in a series of virtual presentations this spring, featuring CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams.

“The Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award shows the company’s continued commitment to support the CIAA mission while showcasing our student-athletes through community, classroom, character and competition,” said McWilliams. “Their involvement on our campuses, and seeking opportunities to expand the program, helps us to recognize and celebrate the overall academic and athletic NCAA Division II student-athlete experience and the BEST IN CLASS.”

Lowe’s is a proud partner of the CIAA and supports the conference’s mission and values in helping student-athletes reach their full potential in both competition and the surrounding community. Award winners will be determined through a three-pronged balloting system that includes CIAA fans, media members representing the conference and other HBCU’s, and the CIAA Management Council.

Fan balloting will take place from March 3 – April 4, 2021 at http://www.LowesCIAASCA.com, the award website that contains information about each candidate and the program. The overall male and female winners will be announced later in April and presented with the prestigious Senior CLASS Award trophy.

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Women’s 2020-21 Finalists

Name Sport School
Aubriana Bonner Basketball Johnson C Smith Univ.
Bryanna Brown Basketball Lincoln University
Milequa Eason Basketball Saint Augustine’s
Jada Faison Basketball Fayetteville State University
Jada Flowers Volleyball Shaw University
Autumn Hopson Basketball Virginia State University
Nyla Howard Softball Winston-Salem State University
Talanya Hutton Basketball Bowie State University
Jamyse Leanna Bell Tennis Livingstone College
Bianca Lockamy Basketball Virginia Union Univeersity
Tiffany McCarter Basketball Elizabeth City State College
Jala Roberts Volleyball Claflin University

Men’s 2020-21 Finalists

Name Sport School
Alkin Barkley Golf Virginia Union University
Kenyon Blackshear Track & Field Livingstone College
Justin Faison Basketball Elizabeth City State College
Romero Hill Basketball Claflin University
Devon Hunt Football Shaw University
Ian Jones Basketball Johnson C Smith Univ.
Ryan Jones Basketball Virginia State University
Tyrique McClain Basketball Fayetteville State University
Justin Ross Basketball Winston-Salem State University
Justin Route Basketball Bowie State University 
Sam Cudjoe Golf Saint Augustine’s
Deaquan Williams Basketball Lincoln University

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