College signing ceremony features 34 student athletes

Gathered with their family, students signed their letters of intent on Wednesday, May 1

Sam Hanson and John Lehan

The college signing ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 1, featuring 34 student athletes who signed letters of intent to play various sports at the college of their choosing.   

For senior golfer Sarah Lawson, the decision to play for Wichita State University came after meeting with the coaches.

“It came down to which coaches I felt I got along with the best, and the vibe of the school,” Lawson said. “For Wichita State, I absolutely love the coaches. I felt from the first [time] I met them, I immediately clicked with them. I understood where they were coming from, so I think they will help me become a better golfer.”

On the other hand, senior soccer player Jake Ashford knew he wanted to attend Creighton University at an early age. 

“Since I was ten, I have always wanted to go to Creighton, so it was a done deal when they said they wanted me,” Ashford said.

Senior cross country and track runner Delaney Kemp chose to go to Kansas State University, and running is a passion Kemp has had for her whole life.

“I have run all four years of high school, and I also ran in middle school, but it was just for fun in middle school,” Kemp said. “It’s still fun in high school, but it is on a different level.”

Like Lawson, senior baseball player Quinton Hall chose to attend Wichita State University. He credits his capacity to deal with challenges as the most important quality to getting there.

“Attitude and the mental aspect to it is [the hardest part], and you can’t just lose your head,” Hall said. “You’ve got to keep fighting for your starting position or whatever you’ve got to do to get on the team.”

Lawson is nervous to play golf at the collegiate level, but she is ready for the challenge and to work with the university coaches to become better at the sport she loves.

“I am terrified, but also so excited. Considering I have only been competitively playing four years, it is kind of incredible I am able to be at the collegiate level, and I am super thankful for that and all my coaches and stuff,” Lawson said. “It is going to be a wild ride but I am so pumped.”

The following seniors signed:

Cole Conner: William Jewel College, baseball

Jonathan Contreras: Butler County Community College, baseball

Quinton Hall: Wichita State University, baseball

Ethan Judd: Northwest Missouri State University, baseball

Alex Kremer: Briar Cliff University, baseball

Cole Moore: Central Missouri State, baseball

Presley Barton: Hutchison Community College, basketball

Claire Kaifes: Marquette University, basketball

Trinity Knapp: Missouri State University, basketball

Faith Dmyterko: Mid-America Nazarene, cheer

Rielly, Rittmann: Kansas State University, cheer

Tanner Moore: Augustana University, football

Jordan Preston: Kansas University, football

Chase Shryock: Baker University, football

Sage Sieperda: Emporia State, football

Dustyn Sweet: University of St. Mary, football

Cameron Young: Baker University, football

Christian Roth: Pittsburg State University, football and track and field

Sarah Lawson: Wichita State University, golf

Meredith Angelotti: Kansas Weslyan, soccer

Jake Ashford: Creighton University, soccer

Shyanne Best: University of Central Missouri, soccer

Kendra Bross: Park University, soccer

Brock Denney: Baker University, soccer

Grace Goetsch: Northwest Missouri State University, soccer

Caroline Rutledge: Missouri Valley College, soccer

Haley Puccio: Johnson County Community College, softball

Payton Totzke: William Jewell College, softball

Lydia McDaneld: UMKC, track and field

Erin Miller: Missouri Western State University, track and field

Delaney Kemp: Kansas State University, cross country and track and field

Sydney Pullen: Washburn University, volleyball

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