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Senior Student-Athletes make it Official on National Signing Day

Jolaya Gillams
Junior Jolaya Gillams covers National Signing Day in her piece "Signing Day From the Eyes of Others"
There is an exciting buzz that fills the air of Orange Lutheran’s Alexandra Nechita Center; one filled with a bittersweet happiness. A feeling that marks a time of remembrance, and a time of change, for the graduating class of 2018.
It’s signing day, and thirteen athletes are up on the brightly lit stage. Each person wearing a symbol for the college that they will be attending. Not only is this a big deal, for the athletes, but it is a big deal for OLu as well. Balancing academics is not easy for any highschool student, but imagine adding a sport to that mix. On top of a rigorous sports schedule, each athlete is a leader. By committing themselves to a team, academics, and a social life; it shows that the hard work, and effort each student athlete puts in at Orange Lutheran does not go to waste. 

Signing Day, is about acknowledging each student; praising them for their character and team abilities. Many coaches shared heart melting accolades with the audience; addressing each student personally, and  sending them off into the world of college sports. The coaches’ eyes shined with proudness, for they had prepared the athletes mentally, physically, and emotionally for the journey they’re about to embark on .  It was apparent that these seniors, who made big impacts in their respective sport, would be missed by their coaches and teammates. It was touching to hear how each coach was changed by the senior as well. Recounting on how much they’ve grown, not only as an athlete, but as a person. Belle Valdez, senior will be attending Vanguard to play softball, and she is “super excited.”

Isabel Park, who attended Signing Day said, “I came to support my friends who were signing! Lucas Mowery who was signing to Vanderbilt and Nate Tingen who was signing to Tufts.”  When asked how she felt when she saw her friends singing Isabel said, “I felt so proud of them! I know how hard both of them work at their respective sports while also being in super challenging classes. Also, both of them are committing to their dream schools, so that's really cool to see.”

Park believes that OLu provides a lot of opportunities for students. She says that, “ it's amazing the resources that student-athletes have for success. Being a Lancer is pretty fun, even if we don't always have the most spirit, I'm proud to wear the L.” 

Signing Day was a success! As we bid farewell to our seniors we also need to remember OLu’s great coaches, and teachers who served as mentors to these hard-working athletes.

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