Trent Forrest received good advice from teachers and advisers at Chipley High.
They encouraged Forrest early to take a few college courses, and those Advanced Placement classes gave him a jump on college.
“That kind of put me ahead,” said Forrest, now in his senior year at Florida State. “So it paid off.”
On Friday night, Forrest will earn his bachelor’s degree in sport management in the same arena where he has won so many games. He is one of more than two dozen student-athletes who will graduate this weekend, including a few who have returned to complete their degrees or done so online.
Forrest said his parents are proud of his hard work in the classroom.
“Very proud, very proud, sometimes more proud of that than anything that I do on the court really, because they stressed to me that that’s one thing somebody would never be able to take from you is your education,” Forrest said. “For my family, they’re very proud of me graduating, and then all my academic awards that I receive.”
Forrest grew up an FSU fan and academics was a big part of coach Leonard Hamilton’s pitch when he was a recruit. He said “what won my parents over is his graduation rate is ridiculously high.”
In January, Forrest will begin a prestigious Sports Management program. He likely will be just getting started, with a semester under his belt, before he moves on to pro basketball this summer.
Here’s a look at those who will walk in ceremonies on Friday or Saturday:
Football: Janarius Robinson, Levonta Taylor, Cole Minshew, Baveon Johnson, Abdul Bello, Ricky Aguayo, Michael Barulich, Tanner Adkison, Peter Osimen and Logan Tyler. A.J. Westbrook also completed his degree.
Soccer: Malia Berkely, Caroline Jeffers, Clara Robbins
Men’s basketball: Trent Forrest
Women’s basketball: Iho Lopez
Baseball: David Boyd and John Sansone returned to complete their degrees.
Men’s cross country: Tyson Murray
Men’s tennis: Clint Bowles returned to complete his degree.
Men’s golf: Jake Carter
Volleyball: Madison Sullivan
Beach volleyball: Julie Esposito
Women’s swimming: Shelly Drozda
Women’s tennis: Ana Oparenovic, Carla Touly
List of names courtesy of FSU sports information