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07-17-03, 10:49 AM #1
FSU honors Marine slain before he could start classes
TALLAHASSEE -- An 18-year-old Tampa man who died in Iraq after delaying a full scholarship at Florida State University to serve in the Marines was saluted Tuesday as an honorary alumnus.
The university also announced it was renaming five Boys State scholarships in honor of Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Aviles, who was killed April 7 while crossing a bridge with the 4th Marine Assault Amphibian Battalion.
"He truly embodies the qualities this university tries so hard to teach," student-body president Patrick Sullivan of Gainesville said.
"Andrew chose the route to serve his country to keep us free,"FSU President T.K. Wetherell said. "He did not get to realize his dream of becoming an FSU Seminole."
Aviles attended orientation last summer before heading to Marine training in the fall.
"The Marines were another challenge to him," saidhis father,Oscar Aviles. "He wanted to see if he could go through the rigorous training. Whatever he foretook, he made sure he took it to the max."
Wetherell produced surprise and smiles at the somber event when he announced he was awarding 17-year-old Matthew Aviles, a rising senior at Tampa's Robinson High School, a full four-year scholarship.
Wetherell saidhe would personally guarantee round-trip transportation to make sure the younger Avilesmakes it to Tallahassee next year.
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