Seven athletes look towards the future on National Signing Day

Brittyn Leonard

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Hard work and perseverance pay off for seven Decatur athletes who signed their National Letter of Intent Nov. 7. With signing the letter, they made their next four years official. After the ceremony the signees spent this special time with friends, family, teammates, coaches, and administrators. Starting the day with an opening speech from principal Tom Sites and assistant T. Curtis Bunting, the athletes lined up and waited anxiously for their time. Each athlete was called up, as Bunting introduced who they were and where they were attending. Following this, each player’s coach or trainer gave a speech, filled with stats and what type of competitor they are in their respective sport. After this, the students thanked their coaches, parents, teammates, and teachers, and proceeded to sign their letters. Pictures with family and administration followed.  

Eric Gwin signed first to play Division III lacrosse at Rochester Institute of Technology. Followed by Decatur’s first ever equestrian signee, Ella Peters. Peters will attend Baylor University in Waco, TX. Behind Peters, Summer Vorsteg signed her letter of intent to further her academic and lacrosse career at Sheppard University. Following Vorsteg, Alyssa Romano signed to play Division II lacrosse at the University of Tampa. Then, Abby Yesko made it official and signed to play Division I lacrosse at Youngstown State University. Ellie Dutton was next and signed to also play Division I lacrosse at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. Sarah Engle concluded the signing as she signed to Loyola University. Engle will join teammates Yesko and Dutton as a division one athlete.  

The morning was filled with excitement as the players were  recognized for their hard work. Sarah Engle commented on this special day stating, “signing my National Letter of Intent meant so much to me, because I had my family, friends and coaches all there to support me. It made me emotional seeing all the girls I grew up playing with, sign to their schools and I’m so excited to see what the future holds for me as well.” In addition to Engle, future Youngstown State Penguin, Abby Yesko, gave a few words stating, “it’s been dream of mine since I was little, and I am extremely excited to grow and improve my game at the collegiate level.” Horseback rider and future Baylor Bear, Ella Peters, also commented stating, “I am super excited to finally sign! To me signing was what I needed to make my commitment official. My sport is typically not a team sport and signing made me really excited to be a part of a team.” She continued with, “in college I hope to be a starter for the team at some point in my four years there. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and becoming a stronger competitor.” The event ended with pictures and refreshments to celebrate these outstanding athletes.