The conference honors one Scholar-Athlete in each of its 22 championship sports. Nominees for the award must be a starter or important reserve on their team and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25.
Lorentzen, a senior from Soroe, Denmark, earns top honors for women's golf for the third straight year, while Valente, a junior from Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a first-time honoree.
Lorentzen and Valente join a pair of fall sports winners in Vincent Foermer of men's soccer and volleyball's Vineece Verdun, giving GSU four Scholar-Athletes for 2011-12, tied for the league high with William and Mary and Hofstra.
Since GSU joined the league in 2005-06, 22 Panthers have been named CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, more than any CAA school during that time except William and Mary with 23.
Lorentzen is one of the most decorated student-athletes in GSU history. In addition to three straight CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, she also claimed three consecutive CAA Golfer of the Year awards, a first in league history. The journalism major was named to the Capital One Academic All-District first team in 2012 and is a three-time NGCA All-America Scholar. She was the medalist at the CAA Women's Golf Championship for the second time season with a one-over par 217 to capture the event by four strokes. Lorentzen, who won four tournaments in 2011-12, posted a top 20 finish at the NCAA Regionals and finished her career with a school-record stroke average of 74.69.
A junior majoring in computer information systems, Valente was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District first team in 2012. He received first-team All-CAA honors in singles this season after posting a 16-5 mark as the Panthers' No. 1 player and earned second-team all-conference accolades in doubles after compiling a 14-7 record as part of GSU's No. 1 tandem. Valente was the 14th-ranked singles player in the Southeast Region this season and he recorded a doubles victory over the nation's 22nd-ranked team. He is a three-time All-CAA selection in singles and a two-time honoree in doubles.
GEORGIA STATE'S CAA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR HONOREES
|2007-08||Rachel Hannah||Women's Cross Country|
|2007-08||Tom Sherreard||Men's Golf|
|2007-08||Denice Vance||Women's Track & Field|
|2007-08||Jacob English||Men's Track & Field|
|2007-08||Nejc Podkrajsek||Men's Tennis|
|2008-09||Tom Sherreard||Men's Golf|
|2008-09||Mark Steeds||Men's Cross Country|
|2008-09||Martina Nitkova||Women's Tennis|
|2009-10||Tom Sherreard||Men's Golf|
|2009-10||Charlotte Lorentzen||Women's Golf|
|2010-11||Charlotte Lorentzen||Women's Golf|
|2010-11||Yolanda Berryhill||Women's Track & Field|
|2010-11||Cody Paulk||Women's Basketball|
|2011-12||Charlotte Lorentzen||Women's Golf|
|2011-12||Vincent Foermer||Men's Soccer|
|2011-12||Victor Valente||Men's Tennis|