October 27, 2009 - by
Homecoming Court

Oct. 27, 2009

For the first time ever, a female Florida State student-athlete has been named to the FSU Homecoming Court. Melanie Cabassol, a senior diver on the Florida State Swimming and Diving Team. Make sure to vote for Homecoming Princess on October 28th, 2009.

Anyone with a valid FSU ID can vote from 8am – 6pm by clicking here.

Homecoming Princess Voting

Academic Achievements (Awards, Academic Honor Societies, Internships, etc.)

  • ACC Honor Roll 2007-2008
  • ACC All Academic Team 2008-2009
  • Who’s Who Among College Students 2009
  • Phi Sigma Theta Honors Society
  • The National Scholars Honor Society
  • FSU ACC Sportsmanship Award Recipient 2009
  • ACC Top 6 for Service
  • Vires Torch Representative at 2009 New Student Convocation 

Extra-curricular and community service activities:

  • Scholarship Varsity Student Athlete for Women’s Swimming and Diving- August 2006-Present.
  • ACC Championship Team 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Platform Finalist 2009
  • NCAA Zone Qualifier 2009
  • Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC)
  • Member, August 2007- 2010
  • Secretary, August 2008-2009
  • President, August 2009-2010
  • ACC SAAC (Florida State Representative) 2008-2009; 2009-2010
  • Faculty University Athletics Committee 2009-2010
  • Seminole Student Boosters Executive Board Member- Director of Athletic Affairs. Fall 2008; 2009-2010
  • Garnet and Gold Key Honors Society Member 2009-2010
  • Executive Board for the Student Government of Florida State University Insight Political Campaign Spring 2008- PR and Event Planning
  • Peer Health Educator Spring 2009-Present
  • WILD Women (Women In Leadership Development)

Community Service involvements:

  • RAA Middle School Student Mentor 2007-2008
  • Relay For Life FSU Athletics Captain 2008-2009, 2009-2010
  • Gateway to Health Promotion
  • Red Ribbon Week at Lincoln High School and Griffin Middle
  • Great American Smoke Out
  • Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • Tallahassee Fitness Festival
  • Hosted Halloween Extravaganza
  • Drop Everything and Read at Hartsfield Elementary
  • Children’s Homes Society Social Event
  • FCAT cards to encourage students of Leon County
  • Freshman Athlete Orientation Peer Leader

What have you gained personally from your involvement with these activities and volunteering? How has your involvement impacted the Florida State University community?

Being a student-athlete here at Florida State University is truly a blessing and it is quite an honor to compete nationally representing our University on an athletic playing field. However being a True Seminole is more than what you can do out in the pool or on the courts, it is about the motivation to reach out to your community, excelling within your academic program, and representing “our brand” as Seminoles. I have felt what it is to stand as an ACC finalist, one of the most sought after positions in the championship competition but that happiness comes nothing close to the fulfillment I have after giving back to the children of Leon County. Some our biggest fans but yet when I see the excitement in the eyes of the kids I mentor I am taken back to reality. We are blessed as athletes to have the support and resources to carry us throughout the year but some of these kids have nothing to go home to. Being involved in service events is such a humbling experience. I live each day thinking of the influence and impact that I can make not only on our campus but also in our community. 

Acknowledging our mistakes as an athletic department in terms of academic misconduct, I have made it my obligation to turn our image around. We have suffered the consequences and lost respect from our fans, now it is in our hands to reach back to the community and get more involved within campus to show what we are worth. With my involvements I know I have helped our department turn the gears into the right direction. I have put everything out on the line to keep the general student body aware of what good can come from Florida State Athletics in hopes to better unify our campus organizations.

What qualities do you possess that would make you a good representative of FSU as a member of 2009 Homecoming Court?

I am afraid to admit that as a whole the Florida State Athletics Department is a very underserved population, but as I mentioned previously it has been my goal and intention to change that perspective of our student-athletes. Although I know I can not possibly do that alone, over the past year I have been able to help mold and grow future leaders of our program. With the ability to lead, listen, and work with others I strongly believe that we can find unity within all campus organizations. 

As a member of the 2009 Homecoming Court I know this would just bring me one step closer to that goal. I would bring diversity to the finely selected group of candidates. In fact, there has never been a student-athlete represented on homecoming court. As athletes we are taught to embrace our past and the individuals that came before us. Our facilities, coaches, and resources have only been granted to us because of the vision and motivation that our alumni had for the future of the program. This is something that I feel passionate about, something that I feel could change the history of our department. Being on the 2009 homecoming court would open our eyes to a new horizon of opportunities.



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