Athletes committing to colleges

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By: Mikayla Grumiaux, Photo Editor
On Thursday, May 26th, the last group of athletes from the 2015-2016 class signed their commitment letters to play college sports. The ceremony was held during AEP with many parents and peers coming to support their friends who reached this huge accomplishment. Nine students committed for sports such as swimming, tennis, softball, lacrosse, soccer, cross country, and football: Adam Abelmatty to Hampden-Sydney, Blayze Gray to Mount Union, Matt Duignam to Hampden Sydney, Kyle Hammer to William and Mary, Michael Pelletier to Christopher Newport University, Rachel Summers to the University of Mary Washington, Cole O’Connor to Theil College, Daijah Chambers to Winston Salem, and Abbey Crank to Randolph Macon College. Some coaches came up to tell stories about the players whom they have watched grow and develop and also to commend them for their achievements. After each student signed their letter, parents and friends gathered on the stage to take pictures and congratulate each senior.

Each athlete sits proudly on the stage with their college shirts on before the ceremony begins. Photo by Mikayla Grumiaux
The long anticipated moment arrives for the athletes to sign their official letter of commitment. Photo by Mikayla Grumiaux
Proud parents and ecstatic friends bombard the committed seniors with hugs and photos. Photo by Mikayla Grumiaux
The football players laugh and pose with their teammates and friends for all of the cameras. Photo by Mikayla Grumiaux