Nov. 8, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Ryan Lowery, a sophomore on the Florida State men’s basketball team, was presented with a prestigious Golden Torch Award at the 11th annual Golden Torch Gala held at the University Center October 29. The Golden Torch Gala is an annual event that recognizes the efforts and excellence of all student-athletes in the classroom, rather than their achievements on the field. The hard work the student-athletes put forth in their academic pursuits has led Florida State to be recognized as a superior athletic and academic institution.
The Golden Torch Awards are presented to the student-athlete who achieved the highest grade point average, on his or her respective team, during the previous academic year. Lowery, a business major, earned the award for the men’s basketball team.
Lowery holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average for his academic career. He became the first player in men’s basketball history to earn a 4.0 in back to back semesters as a freshman. In addition, he earned a perfect 4.0 in his summer school classes.
Florida State student-athletes as a whole had a banner year in the classroom. With 149 student-athletes named to the 2001 ACC Academic Honor Roll, FSU ranked second among ACC schools (Duke was first). Individually, Florida State’s women’s tennis, and women’s golf teams ranked first for number of members on the ACC Honor Roll, while baseball and women’s basketball ranked second and men’s cross country, men’s tennis and women’s softball were third. In addition to the conference honors, last year alone, FSU student-athletes earned a total of $33,000 in postgraduate scholarships.
Members of the President’s office, Faculty Senate, Dean’s offices, Athletic Board, Seminole Boosters and Booster Board members were on hand to congratulate the winners. Dave Hart, Jr., Director of Athletics, was also a presenter and introduced the keynote speaker of the evening, David Middleton.