Aug. 19, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Tori Huster and Casey Short, who are two of 60 women’s soccer student-athletes that excel both on and off the field, were selected as candidates for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Both Seminole seniors have exceled in the classroom, in the community and on the playing field throughout their careers as student-athletes at Florida State.
Huster is majoring in exercise science and is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District III second team honoree (2009 & 2010). She is a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll student (2008, 2009, 2010) and a two-time member of the ACC All-Academic Team (2009, 2010). Huster was the recipient of the Golden Torch Award at Florida State for achieving the highest grade point average on the team during the 2009-10 semester. She is a four-time member of the Dean’s List (Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011) at FSU, while earning President’s List accolades after recording a 4.0 GPA following the spring 2009 semester.
“Tori is an exceptional student-athlete,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “She has all the qualities that we look for in recruiting kids to play at Florida State. Tori is very motivated in the classroom and is also great in the community. She enjoys working with younger kids to help them get better not only on the playing field but to strive to do better in the classroom as well. As a student-athlete, she is top notch.”
Huster has started 65 games in her first three years at Florida State recording 43 points on 14 goals and 15 assists. The Cincinnati, Ohio native is coming off a junior campaign in which she set season-highs for goals (6), assists (7), points (19), shots (55) and game-winning goals (3). For her efforts, she was named to the All-ACC second team in 2010.
In the community, Huster has volunteered at several events. She has served as a volunteer coach at numerous soccer clinics, while supporting several local causes including Relay for Life, Breast Cancer Awareness and the Second Harvest Can Food Drive. In her first three seasons, Tori and her Seminole soccer teammates have held a `Paint It Pink’ contest to help spread the word and raise money in finding a cure for breast cancer. The pink jerseys worn for each game have been auctioned off on-line with the proceeds going to Breast Cancer Awareness.
Short is majoring in criminology with a minor in sociology. She garnered first team NSCAA Academic Southeast Region accolades in 2010. Short is a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree (2008, 2009, 2010) and earned a spot on the 2010 ACC All-Academic Team. She is also a six-time member of the Dean’s List (Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011) at FSU.
“Casey is another one of those exceptional student-athletes that we have here at Florida State,” added Krikorian. “She takes her academics very seriously and has performed admirably on the playing field. Casey has worked diligently in her studies throughout her time here.”
Short has appeared in 58 games in three seasons at Florida State making 47 starts. She has tallied 28 points on seven goals and 14 assists. The Naperville, Ill., native is also coming off a stellar junior season in which she set season-highs for goals (5) and points (13) en route to earning second team All-ACC accolades. Short holds the FSU record for assists in ACC play with 10.
In the community, Short has registered over 35 hours of service volunteering at numerous events in the Tallahassee area. She served as a peer mentor, was a guest speaker at Pace Center for Girls, participated in a Safety Campus Walk to help improve and identify safety issues around campus, surprised local youths as a guest reader for Drop Everything and Read Day and served as a volunteer coach at numerous soccer clinics. Short has also supported several local causes including Relay for Life. In her first three seasons, she and her Seminole soccer teammates have held a `Paint It Pink’ contest to help spread the word and raise money in finding a cure for breast cancer. The pink jerseys worn for each game have been auctioned off on-line with the proceeds going to Breast Cancer Awareness.
Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winners during the 2011 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships. The Women’s College Cup will take place December 2 and 4 in Kennesaw, Ga., while the Men’s College Cup will take place December 9 and 11 in Hoover, Ala.
Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four C’s of community, classroom, character and competition.