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Golden Torch Honors Academics

Oct. 14, 2010




TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
A total of 11 Florida State student-athletes were honored for achieving perfect 4.0 grade point averages while the men’s track and field, men’s tennis and women’s soccer teams were honored for earning the top overall team grade point averages in the past academic year at the 20th Annual Golden Torch Gala which was held at Miller Hall in the University Center on the Florida State campus. The gala was sponsored by the Department of Athletics at Florida State athletics and the Seminole Boosters.

The Golden Torch Gala is a unique event recognizing student-athletes outside of their uniform and playing arenas. It brings distinction and honor to The Florida State University and its student-athletes, many of whom achieve tremendous accolades in the classroom and on the playing field. These young men and women who proudly wear the garnet and gold build the image of Florida State as a superior academic and athletic institution.

With a perfect 4.0 grade point average the Overall Male Golden Torch Award recognizes three distinct men: Kyle Cobb (golf, political science), Daniel Parvin (football, civil engineering), Jeff Tacetta (football, marketing) and Lucas Stowers (track and field, exercise science). Mary Fleming (track and field, economics), Elizabeth Gerrity (women’s cross country, communications), Jamie Kuhn (golf, advertising), Jessica Perry (women’s cross country, biology), Katie Rybakova (tennis, English Education) and Erin Simmons (track and field, biological science), Caroline Smith (swimming and diving, communications) represent the Overall Female Torch Award winners with a 4.0 grade point average.

The men’s tennis and track and field teams shared the honor of Team Golden Torch Award with an overall team grade point average of 3.07. Capping off a great season on the field, the Women’s Soccer team also scored in the classroom. With team grade point average of 3.39, the nationally ranked soccer team took home the Women’s Team Golden Torch Award.

Not only are the student athletes honored at the Golden Torch Gala academically gifted but they are all gifted on their chosen athletic fields as well. All of the student-athletes honored at the gala helped each of the Seminoles’ 19 sports reach their respective NCAA Tournament championships during the 2009-10 academic year and helped the Seminoles finish No. 5 in the nation in the all-sports ranking of the NACDA Director’s Cup which measures the overall athletics success of every Division I team.

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


Team                        Student-Athlete      GPA    Major
Baseball                    James Ramsey         3.91   Finance
Men's Basketball            Luke Loucks          3.28   Management
Men's Cross Country         Matthew Huckaby      3.83   Exercise Science
Football                    Dustin Hopkins       3.97   Communication and Media
Men's Golf                  Kyle Cobb            4.00   Political Science
Men's Swimming and Diving   Hibai Iriondo        3.81   Civil Engineering
Men's Tennis                Keith Embree         3.75   Sport Management
Men's Track and Field       Lucas Stowers        4.00   Exercise Science
Women's Basketball          Christian Hunnicutt  3.77   Communication Disorders
Women's Cross Country       Mary Fleming         4.00   Economics
                            Elizabeth Gerrity    4.00   Creative Writing
                            Jessica Parry        4.00   Biology
Women's Golf                Jamie Kuhn           4.00   Advertising
Women's Soccer              Tifani Mullen        3.79   Communication
Women's Softball            Victoria Haddad      3.72   Exercise Science
Women's Swimming and Diving Caroline Smith       4.00   Communication
Women's Tennis              Katie Rybakova       4.00   Economics and Biological Science
Women's Track and Field     Mary Fleming         4.00   Economics
                            Erin Simmons         4.00   Biological Sciences
Women's Volleyball          Taylor Wilson        3.90   Interior Design

Women's Team Soccer 3.39 Men's Team Tennis/Track & Field 3.07

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