Student Athletes sign letters of intent
The RHS auditorium filled with athletes, coaches, and families for National Signing Day Feb. 3, where high school students signed letters of intent for college athletics.
“I think the students’ signing is incredible and I’m proud of them for all their accomplishments,” RHS Principal Dr. Marlene Hammerle said.
At the ceremony, Head Football Coach Kiff Hardin introduced students individually. Family and friends cheered as letters were signed.
“The first thing I thought about when I was on the stage was ‘man these lights are bright’,” senior Faren Chatman said. “My dad has been the driving force behind everything I’ve done.”
Chatman signed to play soccer for the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Texas A & M football committee Damontre Moore said he was thinking was that he’s one step closer to his dream.
“I’m very excited and proud for him,” Mrs. Moore, his mom, said. “All his hard work paid off, but I would do all the taking him to practices and all again.”
Senior Deion Imade continued a family tradition with his participation in National Signing Day. The senior defensive back committed to Oklahoma State. Last year, his older brother Dexter committed to .
“I’m happy and grateful to see the two of them commit,” Mrs. Imade said. “It’s great to have a scholarship because that means there’s someone watching over you. People at colleges are watching you through sports and academics.”
Hardin Simmons soccer committee Issac Solares had a lot on his mind.
“It feels good to finally sign, but it was very difficult choosing one school from many other good ones,” Solares said. “There is a lot of competition out there.”
University of Central Florida committee Marissa Diggs didn’t just sign for the scholarship, but to follow her high school dreams.
“I’ve always wanted to play soccer and go to school in Florida,” Diggs said. “Signing to Central Florida feels good because I know that I spent a lot of time and effort into something I loved and it paid off.”
FOOTBALL : Damontre Moore (Texas A & M), Deion Imade (Oklahoma State), Austin Kirpes (Texas State), Louis Ernst (Tarleston State), O’Chea Thomas (Tarleston State), Cameron Frosh (Texas A & M Commerce)
GIRLS SOCCER: Marissa Diggs (University of Central Florida), Bethany Labac (University of Arkansas), Faren Chatman (Arkansas Pine Bluff)
BOYS SOCCER: Jordan Reese (West Point), Isaac Solares (Hardin Simmons)
GIRLS GOLF: Natalie Chrisopulos (Middle Tennessee State)
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