September 20, 2005 - by
Golden Torch Gala Celebrates Academic Accomplishments Of FSU Student-Athletes

Sept. 20, 2005

Florida State will host the 15th annual Golden Torch Gala this evening in the Tom and Ginny Futch Ballroom at the University Center Club. The FSU athletics department and the Seminole Boosters sponsor the black-tie affair each year. It is one of the few ceremonies of its kind, celebrating the academic achievements of Florida State’s student-athletes.

Javier Garcia-Tunon, from men’s track and field, will be honored as Overall Male Golden Torch Award Winner, with a perfect 4.0 grade point average in Business for the 2004-05 academic year. Five FSU female student-athletes, including three from the cross country team, earned the Overall Female Golden Torch Award with perfect 4.0 grade point averages. They are, from cross country: Stefanie Bechler (Education), Anne Clinton (Recreation and Leisure Services Administration) and Sydney Mondragon (Secondary Math Education) and Swimming and Diving’s Emily Breen (Elementary Education) and Track and Field’s Pamela Arnedos (English).

For the ninth consecutive year, the women’s tennis team earned the Women’s Team Golden Torch Award for the highest team grade point average (3.3), however, the women’s tennis players were not alone as the women’s golf team shared the honor with a 3.3 grade point average of its own. The Men’s Team Golden Torch Award went to men’s golf with a 3.046 grade point average.

The student-athletes on each team with the highest grade point averages received the Individual Golden Torch Awards. The winners are as follows:

MEN'S SPORTS STUDENT-ATHLETE MAJOR GPA Baseball Aaron Cheesman Sports Admin. (M.S.) 3.906 Basketball Andrew Wilson Sports Admin. (M.S.) 3.060 Cross Country Thomas Lancashire Exercise Science 3.938 Football Willie Jones Sport Management 3.625 Golf Jacob Davis Sport Management 3.793 Swimming Curtis Schroeger Musical Theatre 3.866 Tennis Stefan Shaw English 3.450 Track Javier Garcia-Tunon Business 4.000

WOMEN'S SPORTS STUDENT-ATHLETE MAJOR GPA Basketball Ganiyat Adeduntan Nursing 3.577 Cross Country Stefanie Bechler Education 4.000 Anne Clinton Rec/Leis. Svcs. Admin.4.000 Sydney Mondragon Secondary Math Educ. 4.000 Golf Caroline Larsson Psychology 3.861 Soccer India Trotter Media Productions 3.806 Softball Natasha Jacob Exercise Science 3.875 Swimming Emily Breen Elementary Education 4.000 Tennis Alina Mihailescu Finance/MultiNat. Bus.3.825 Track Pamela Arnedos English 4.000 Volleyball Sarah Griffin Finance 3.790

Men's Team Golden Torch Award: Men's Golf - GPA 3.046 Women's Team Golden Torch Award: Women's Tennis - GPA 3.3 Women's Golf - GPA 3.3

Overall Male Golden Torch Award: Javier Garcia-Tunon - GPA 4.000 Overall Female Golden Torch Award: Pamela Arnedos - GPA 4.000 Stefanie Bechler - GPA 4.000 Emily Breen - GPA 4.000 Anne Clinton - GPA 4.000 Sydney Mondragon - GPA 4.000

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