May 10, 2012

Jessica Addison, civil engineering senior, has been named one of this year’s Tiger Twelve. This prestigious accolade recognizes student leaders university-wide for their campus and community service.

Each spring, the Office of the Dean of Students recognizes 12 outstanding seniors with the Tiger Twelve honor. The selected seniors must “contribute positively to the life of the campus and surrounding community.” Seniors must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and have best demonstrated the seven basic principles outlined in LSU’s Commitment to Community.

Addison, a native of Maurice, La., will graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. She is president of Tigers Against Trafficking and involved with Leadership LSU, Trafficking Hope and Healing Place Church. After graduation, Addison plans to become more involved with fighting human trafficking around the world, develop her career in civil engineering and pursue her professional engineering license.

“Throughout the experience of being selected as a Tiger 12, I have had an incredible sense of overwhelming honor. I am still shocked that I was chosen, and it's been over a month since I've known,” Addison said. “It has been a tremendous privilege to represent our great university in this capacity. What I find the most incredible is that my being selected as a Tiger 12 is a true testament to the character of the employees devoted to higher education at LSU.”

Recipients of the Tiger Twelve distinction must adhere to the following seven principles: accepting responsibility for their actions; holding themselves and others to the highest standards of academic, personal and social integrity; practicing justice, equality and compassion in human relations; respecting the dignity of all persons and accepting individual differences; respecting the environment and the rights and property of others and the university; contributing positively to the life of the campus and surrounding community; and using their LSU experience to be an active citizen in an international and interdependent world.

“I never expected this, and never imagined that I would be in this place in my life. It's been amazing,” Addison said. “I absolutely love this university, and I truly believe that LSU is comprised of the people who work here that invest in and cultivate students. They are the hidden gems in our university.”

A ceremony and reception was held to celebrate the Tiger Twelve Class of 2012 on April 28 in the Holliday Forum in the LSU Journalism Building.

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