Golden Torch 2005

Golden Torch Gala Celebrates Academic Accomplishments Of FSU Student-Athletes
The student-athlete on each team with the highest GPA will be honored.  

Sept. 20, 2005

Florida State will host the 15th annual Golden Torch Gala this evening in the Tom and Ginny Futch Ballroom at the University Center Club. The FSU athletics department and the Seminole Boosters sponsor the black-tie affair each year. It is one of the few ceremonies of its kind, celebrating the academic achievements of Florida State's student-athletes.

Javier Garcia-Tunon, from men's track and field, will be honored as Overall Male Golden Torch Award Winner, with a perfect 4.0 grade point average in Business for the 2004-05 academic year. Five FSU female student-athletes, including three from the cross country team, earned the Overall Female Golden Torch Award with perfect 4.0 grade point averages. They are, from cross country: Stefanie Bechler (Education), Anne Clinton (Recreation and Leisure Services Administration) and Sydney Mondragon (Secondary Math Education) and Swimming and Diving's Emily Breen (Elementary Education) and Track and Field's Pamela Arnedos (English).

For the ninth consecutive year, the women's tennis team earned the Women's Team Golden Torch Award for the highest team grade point average (3.3), however, the women's tennis players were not alone as the women's golf team shared the honor with a 3.3 grade point average of its own. The Men's Team Golden Torch Award went to men's golf with a 3.046 grade point average.

The student-athletes on each team with the highest grade point averages received the Individual Golden Torch Awards. The winners are as follows:

Baseball Aaron Cheesman Sports Admin. (M.S.) 3.906
Basketball Andrew Wilson Sports Admin. (M.S.) 3.060
Cross Country Thomas Lancashire Exercise Science 3.938
Football Willie Jones Sport Management 3.625
Golf Jacob Davis Sport Management 3.793
Swimming Curtis Schroeger Musical Theatre 3.866
Tennis Stefan Shaw English 3.450
Track Javier Garcia-Tunon Business 4.000

Basketball Ganiyat Adeduntan Nursing 3.577
Cross Country Stefanie Bechler Education 4.000
Anne Clinton Rec/Leisure Svcs. Admin. 4.000
Sydney Mondragon Secondary Math Educ. 4.000
Golf Caroline Larsson Psychology 3.861
Soccer India Trotter Media Productions 3.806
Softball Natasha Jacob Exercise Science 3.875
Swimming Emily Breen Elementary Education 4.000
Tennis Alina Mihailescu Finance/MultiNational Bus. 3.825
Track Pamela Arnedos English 4.000
Volleyball Sarah Griffin Finance 3.790

Men's Team Golden Torch Award: Men's Golf - GPA 3.046
Women's Team Golden Torch Award Women's Tennis - GPA 3.3 Women's Golf - GPA 3.3

Overall Male Golden Torch Award Javier Garcia-Tunon - GPA 4.000
Overall Female Golden Torch Award Pamela Arnedos - GPA 4.000
Stefanie Bechler - GPA 4.000
Emily Breen - GPA 4.000
Anne Clinton - GPA 4.000
Sydney Mondragon - GPA 4.000