December 21, 2016 - by
Horton Uses Holidays to Reconnect with High School
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s two-sport standout Katie Horton, who plays both indoor and beach volleyball for the Seminoles, participated in her high school’s Champions of Wayne program during the Christmas holidays.
The program is designed to provide insight and inspiration to aspiring college students in her hometown of Westland, Mich. Horton, a sport management major at Florida State, is a graduate of Wayne Memorial High School where she is one of 108 mentors for the 711 students enrolled in the Champions of Wayne program.
“The Champions of Wayne program is teachers or other adults from Wayne Memorial High School pairing up with a student or multiple students to help to mentor them throughout the semester,” described Horton. “They set goals for the students to try and reach based on GPA, coming to class prepared or whatever that individual student wants to set.
“I was part of the mentoring when I went to Wayne Memorial and they hosted a luncheon that allowed alumni to come back and talk about their college experience and our overall backgrounds,” added Horton. “I talked about being dyslexic and making the best of it, and of course playing volleyball. I talked to some of the students that were interested in college and about living on campus, scholarships, traveling while managing homework and our busy schedule as student-athletes.”
This season Horton became the first player in program history to reach the 1,000-kill / 1,000-dig mark for a career while donning a Florida State jersey, spending three years in Tallahassee after transferring from Ohio University.
An integral part of the Seminoles reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, Horton wrapped up a solid senior season by finishing among the top Florida State players in 11 categories including total attacks (1,052-1st), service aces (22-1st), service aces/set (0.17-1st), kills (362-2nd), kills/set (2.87-2nd), digs (416-2nd), digs/set (3.30-2nd), assisted blocks (65-3rd), total blocks (70-4th) and blocks/set (0.56-5th).
Horton received numerous accolades throughout the 2016 campaign, including her second ACC Player of the Week honor (Sept. 26), first team All-ACC honors and AVCA All-East Region team recognition. She leaves her mark on the Florida State record books by ranking in five major categories in the rally scoring era including digs (1,003-4th), kills (896-8th), digs/set (2.78-9th), assisted blocks (182-12th) and total blocks (199-13th).
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