Oct. 30, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State University sophomore golfer Caroline Westrup will be honored Monday night as the torch on the Unconquered Statue will be lit in to celebrate her individual victory at the World team Championship last week on South Africa. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at approximately 5:45 p.m.
It marks the second time the torch will have been lit for a personal accomplishment since the tradition of lighting the torch for academic and athletic achievements began in 2005. Seminole track and field All-America Garrett Johnson earned torch lighting after earning a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship during the fall of 2005. The torch was also in June to honor the Seminoles’ national championship winning men’s track and field team and has been lit for teams earning NCAA Tournament bids in numerous sports.
The lighting of the spear acknowledges events of great significance and accomplishment on the Florida State campus.
Unconquered, a 31-foot high sculpture that depicts a spear-brandishing Seminole astride a rearing horse was designed by Fritz White to capture the indomitable spirit of the Seminole people and those who have adopted that spirit as a symbol for their university. It is located in front of the University Center and adjacent to Langford Green.
Since its 2003 dedication, the spear has been set ablaze at sunset before FSU home football games only and it burns until sunrise the morning after the game. The new policy means the spear will be lit when FSU wins an Atlantic Coast Conference team championship in any sport, or an NCAA individual championship in any sport. In addition, the spear would be lit the night an FSU team is selected for NCAA Championship competition and will burn for 24 hours. For any sport in which the NCAA does not select full teams (currently swimming and track and field), the spear will be lit if five or more Florida State individuals qualify to compete. For sports with preliminary and final rounds of NCAA championships, if the team advances to the final site (i.e.: Final Four, College Cup, College World Series), the spear will be lit again to recognize the achievement.
The spear may also be lit to recognize the winning of a “National Player of the Year” award in any sport (i.e. Heisman Trophy, Rhodes Scholarship). The new policy will also allow the spear to be lit on the night of graduations and convocations, along with other special occasions as approved by the President.