Seniors recognized in annual athletic signing ceremony

Thirty students signed to play collegiate sports at the ceremony on Tuesday, May 2

Allison Winker, JAG people editor

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The gym filled with students, community members and multicolored balloons as thirty students signed to various schools to continue their athletic careers in college on Tuesday, May 2.

These seniors were recognized at the school’s annual athletic signing ceremony by the administration for their achievements and were accompanied by their coaches, family members and friends.

Senior Lexi Moore signed to the University of Central Missouri for cheerleading and said she enjoyed watching her classmates sign.

“[The ceremony] was meaningful for me because I got to come together with my senior class and see where everyone is going to this fall,” Moore said.  

Having new opportunities will be most exciting according to senior Hanna Hurt, who signed to Kansas City Kansas Community College for softball.

“Next year I’m looking forward to meet and play with my new teammates and just getting to play softball at the next level,” Hurt said.

In college, Moore is most anticipating cheering at games.

“I’m excited to get to cheer at all the different college football and basketball games and just have the new experience of cheering in college,” Moore said.

Though Hurt appreciated the ceremony, it was not as exciting for her due to the fact that she signed several months ago.

“I liked the ceremony, but I already signed to college back in November so it wasn’t quite as important for me as it maybe was [for other people],” Hurt said.

Despite the challenge that the collegiate level will bring, Moore believes cheering in high school has prepared her for college.

“High school cheer has gotten me ready for college by having lots of practice and making me constantly work to get better,” Moore said. “I’m sure college cheer will be a lot more work, but I think in the end it will be more rewarding.”

The following seniors signed:

Elena Artis: Johnson County Community College, basketball

Jack Blancarte: Cloud County Community College, baseball

Maggie Bogart: Lenoir-Rhyne University, volleyball

Shelby Bonn: McPherson College, softball

Blaine Boudreaux: Hutchinson Community College, football

Spencer Butterfield: University of Wisconsin-Platteville, soccer

Jack Campbell: University of Central Arkansas, baseball

Dawson Cantwell: Fort Scott Community College, baseball

Tyler Ciston: Mid-America Nazarene University, soccer

Jakob Coacher: Pittsburg State University, track & field and cross country

Ethan Doyle: Concordia University, soccer

Megan Eckman: Pittsburg State University, track & field

Jackson Flack: Ottawa University, baseball

Haley Freeman: University of Central Missouri, soccer

Brady Garrison: Neosho County Community College, baseball

Dylan Gowin: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, wrestling

DJ Graviette: Benedictine College, football

Mason Haydock: Southern Nazarene University, baseball

Gabby Hopkins: Wichita State University, track & field

Hanna Hurt: Kansas City Kansas Community College, softball

Kacie Kinley: University of Oklahoma, soccer

Kristen Kelly: Indiana State University, softball

Kasey Meeks: University of Illinois, gymnastics

Lexi Moore: University of Central Missouri, cheer

Hannah Pasley: Ottawa University, track & field

Hunter Paxton: Kansas City Kansas Community College, baseball

Charlsey Seidel: Evangel University, soccer

Luke Sosaya: Neosho County Community College, baseball

Morgan Thomas: Baker University, volleyball and track & field

Keegan Zars: Missouri Western State University, football

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