August 6, 2004
Ashburn - The town of Ashburn and Florida State University was stunned two months ago when former Turner County star and Lady Seminole basketball player Ronalda Pierce died at the age of 19 from a ruptured aorta that was caused by anuersym.
On Friday night, Pierce's hometown honored by her memory by naming the gym where she developed her talents after her.
Florida State women's basketball coach Sue Semrau was one of the featured speakers at the ceremony where the Turner County Civic Center was changed to the Ronalda Chaven Pierce Gym.
In her speech, coach Semrau recalled the recruiting visit she made to Ashburn and read two letters Pierce wrote over a span of two years as a sign of how much the shy high school star had matured and grown in one year of college.
Coach Semrau says the Florida State players have designed the shoes they will be wearing this season will have the number 55 in Pierce's memory on the back of those shoes.
Ronalda Pierce's high school jersey at Turner County was retired at the end of her senior year.
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