WHS Athletes Commit on Signing Day
Thirteen Waller High School (WHS) athletes signed letters of intent with their chosen college or university at the Signing Day Celebration. The school holds the celebration to recognize the students who have shown their dedication in academics and sports, and commitment to continuing their education. Families and friends are invited to share in the moment.
“It takes a tremendous amount of dedication and commitment to be able to earn the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level,” Waller ISD Assistant Athletic Director NeKisha Durham said. “Approximately only 7 percent of high school athletes will go on to compete in college. We believe that a student-athlete’s accomplishment of this magnitude should be celebrated. It is also important for the underclassmen to see that it is possible to move beyond WHS and continue to compete in college.”
The WHS Athletic Department began hosting Signing Day to allow students, staff, and families one day to share in the accomplishment, instead of holding separate signings. Any athlete who receives a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to participate from a college or University is invited to attend. Once they have received the NLI, they can obtain the signing registration from the Athletic Department in order to participate.
Congratulations to the following WHS athletes:
- Allyson Anderson – Abilene Christian University (Volleyball)
- Cade Bartlett – McNeese State University (Football)
- Leo Cimbron – Texas Lutheran University (Football)
- Jared Dicus – Texas Lutheran University (Football)
- Aubrey French – Hendrix College (Tennis)
- Conner Gilchrist – Angelina Community College (Baseball)
- Akia Jones – Bethel College (Football)
- Hayley Kiser – McLennan Community College (Softball)
- Alexis Pinon – Sam Houston State University (Powerlifting)
- Alicia Rodriguez – Prairie View A&M University (Softball)
- Diego Sanchez – Austin College (Football)
- Andrew Thomas – Texas Lutheran University (Football)
- Emma Tompkins – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Volleyball)
“Today was about celebrating their next journey in life,” Principal Stephanie Fletcher said. “I am very excited for these students and the colleges they are about to attend are so lucky to have them.”
This is the third year WHS has held the celebration and hopes the new tradition continues to grow. When it first began, the day was held in the library but soon outgrew the space. This year’s celebration had the largest number of signees to date. The WHS Athletic Department hopes to extend the day to include all students who have made commitments to colleges, universities, and trade schools.
“I believe that we must show the students how big of an accomplishment it is to graduate and have plans in place for your future,” Durham said. “Through these celebrations, students are really able to see how proud we are of their accomplishments.”