FSU inducts Principal Rozanski into Hall of Fame for volleyball


Bella Velez

With a smile, Principal Sally Rozanski accepts a medal commemorating her induction into the Florida State University Hall of Fame. The former volleyball star was inducted on Sept. 9, 2016 at FSU’s University Club. “[Volleyball] is a great sport that requires strength, skill, smarts, and finesse to be successful,” Rozanski said.

Principal Sally Rozanski was inducted into the Florida State University (FSU) Hall of Fame for volleyball. The annual ceremony took place at the FSU campus on Friday, Sept. 3, 2016.

   “Volleyball was my favorite sport,” Rozanski said. “It is a great sport that requires strength, skill, smarts, and finesse to be successful.”

   Rozanski, principal at Bak MSOA for three years, played volleyball from her freshman to senior year in college with tireless devotion. The hard work Rozanski put into to both her team and school, helped her develop skills that would lead her throughout her life.

   “To be a successful student-athlete, you have to well-prepared for the academic rigors of college, while being able to devote the time and energy to practice or compete on a daily basis,” Rozanski said. “Being able to manage time and having the knowledge and skills to accomplish both has served me well in life.”

    Rozanski, who was an outside hitter from Miami, started all four seasons over her hall of fame career on Seminole volleyball teams. Being in college as well as sports, taught Rozanski many things.

 “College helped me develop a strong work ethic and I learned to work with others to achieve a goal. I also learned that you could not always win. You cannot fear losing. You have to learn to win and lose graciously,” Rozanski said.

   Rozanski’s passion for the game never died. When she found out she was inducted for volleyball by her former coach, Rozanski was ecstatic.

   “My college coach, Dr. Cecile Reynaud, called to let me know that I was chosen to be an inductee to the FSU Athletic Hall of Fame.  I was caught totally by surprise, I was overwhelmed by emotions, and I was so honored to be chosen,” Rozanski said.

   Rozanski was honored on the field during the pregame festivities at the first FSU football game. Her reason for induction, volleyball, has been a big influence in her life, one that taught her a lot.

   Rozanski said, “Whether it is the arts, academics, or athletics, do what you enjoy and do it with passion, excitement, and a commitment to do your best every day.”