Student athletes congratulated at National Signing Day


Lauren Nery

Madeleine King poses with parents and sister Meredith King for signing day photos.

19 student-athletes were recognized on February 2 for committing to play sports at a college level. Signing Day occurred in the library during first block Wednesday morning. Numerous parents and family members attended the event, as well as speakers including Principal Dr. Claire LeBlanc and head cross country and track coach Michael Nestor.
“We are among conference, region, and state champions,” said Michael Nestor, who delivered the opening speech during the event.
Nestor described the work it takes to get to the level of a college athlete, being one himself at Old Dominion University.
“You have the passion and confidence to achieve your dreams,” said Nestor.
After the initial speech, Dr. LeBlanc, who played basketball and threw javelin on the track and field team for William and Mary, spoke on the experience of a college athlete. Both Nestor and LeBlanc spoke on the fact that a scholarship will not be the most important aspect of their life.
“These experiences can open doors for people who can play professionally, but not just professional athletes,” said LeBlanc. “Today businesses are looking for a team aspect and are looking for former athletes.”

After the speeches, student athletes briefly had the opportunity to thank parents and coaches.
“It’s just unbelievable, I couldn’t be more thankful,” said Danielle Hart, a University of Wisconsin volleyball commit.
Among parents, coaches, God, and mom, a common ‘thank you’ from athletes went to the Dolphin Family.
“Thank you for making these four years at Ocean Lakes the best they could have ever been,” said Madeleine King, University of Mississippi cross country and track commit.