Oct. 28, 2003
Tallahassee, FL - Florida State University recognized it's top student-athletes on Monday night at the13th annual Golden Torch Gala. The black-tie affair is sponsored annually by the FSU Athletics Department along with the Seminole Boosters. The Gala is recognized as one of the few ceremonies of its kind in college athletics
Men's cross country runner Shawn Patterson was the overall Male Golden Torch Award Winner with a perfect 4.000 grade point average for the 2002-2003 academic year. Five different women earned a perfect 4.0 gpa during the 2002-2003 academic year and they tied for the overall Female Golden Torch Award. The winners were: Margaret Colley and Tonya Rasor, from swimming & diving; soccer players Jennifer Garcia and Erin Preston, and Mihaela Moldovan from tennis. The team award for the highest GPA went to the women's tennis team with a 3.686 cumulative team grade point average. It was the seventh year in a row that the women's tennis team won the award. The men's team Golden Torch Award went to golf for having the highest GPA among all men's teams over the past academic year.
Individual Golden Torch Awards were given to the student-athlete on each team with the highest grade point average over the 2002-2003 academic year. The winners were:
Sport Athlete Major Coach Baseball Aaron Cheesman Finance & Real Estate Mike Martin Basketball Holly Johnson Communication Orenn Fells Sport Management Leonard Hamilton Cross Country Elaine Skislak Psychology Bob Braman Shawn Patterson Biological Science Football Wyatt Sexton Communication Bobby Bowden Golf Caroline Larsson Biological Science Debbie Dillman Andrew Lewis Sports Management Trey Jones Soccer Jennifer Garcia Communication Disorders Patrick Baker Erin Preston Business Softball Natasha Jacob Exercise Science Dr. JoAnne Graf Swim/Dive Margaret Colley Accounting Neil Harper Tonya Rasor Psychology Matt Wheeler Public Relations Tennis Mihaela Moldovan Communication Lise Gregory Romain Jurd Public Relations Dwayne Hultquist Track Carrie Crandall Elementary Education Bob Braman Garrett Johnson Political Science Volleyball Jennifer Anderson English Education
The members of the ACC Honor Roll were also recognized at the Gala for their achievement of maintaining a 3.0 gpa over the course of the previous year. Over 40 percent (161) of the overall student-athlete population at Florida State earned the distinction. In addition, eight of 17 teams ranked 1st or 2nd in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the number of ACC Honor Roll members.
Derrick Brooks, a member of the Board of Trustees at Florida State University and the 2002 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was the keynote speaker for the evening. Dr. T.K. Wetherell - President of FSU, Dave Hart, Jr. - Director of Athletics, Andy Miller - President of Seminole Boosters, Dr. Karen Laughlin, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Mark Meleney - Director of Athletic Academic Support, and head coaches from all sports, were in attendance. Several other University Trustees, Vice Presidents, Faculty Members, and Booster Board Members also attended the event.