April 19, 2005
The Atlantic Coast Conference hosted its 14th annual Scholar-Athlete Luncheon Thursday, April 14th at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C. Florida State’s Aaron Cheesman (baseball), Mihaela Moldovan (tennis) and Jezali Ratliff (soccer), all Weaver-James-Corrigan postgraduate scholarship recipients, were three of the 29 of the student-athletes present who were awarded various conference postgraduate scholarships in February. Thirty-five student-athletes in all received awards. Proceeds from the event will be given to The Enrichment Fund for Guilford County Schools.
Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker scholarships are given to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate-level degree following graduation. Moldovan, Cheesman and Ratliff will each receive $5,000 to use towards their graduate education. Student-athletes receiving the award have performed with distinction in both the classroom and in their respective sports, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.
Aaron Cheesman, Florida State, Baseball
Voted the team’s captain the last two years … Two-time member of the President’s List (4.0 GPA), four-time member of the Dean’s List (3.5) and four-time ACC Honor Roll selection … Started every game behind the plate in 2004 … Set career highs in every offensive category from 2003 to 2004, batting .347, starting 68 games, scoring 50 runs, recording 83 hits, droving in 42 runs and registering 116 total bases.
Mihaela Moldovan, Florida State, Tennis
2004 CoSIDA Academic All-American … Became the first FSU women’s tennis player to finish the dual match spring season with a perfect 26-0 singles record, playing out of the No. 2 flight … Member of the 2004 All-ACC team … Owns most singles wins in a season in Florida State history (26) and is one of nine Florida State women’s tennis players to record 20 wins in a dual match season … ITA Scholar-Athlete … 2003 ITA South Region Rookie of the Year.
Jezali Ratliff, Florida State, Soccer
Four-year starter … Only the second player in school history to record 10 or more points in all four of her seasons as a Seminole … Ranks third in game-winning goals in team history, fourth in assists, game-winning assists and shots on goal and fifth in career points and goals scored … Holds the career record at Florida State for points and assists in NCAA Tournament play … Two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll … Member of Florida State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council.