Signing opens new doors for athletes

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By Lauren Smith

The National Letter of Intent program provides prospective student athletes, along with a parent and athletic director, the opportunity to sign an Inter-Conference Letter of Intent on a specific date. Donovan Outlaw, Cameron Mejia, Donovan Outlaw, Taylor Kornieck, and Vanessa Chaparro share the moment after signing to their future colleges. Photo courtesy of Rich Santigate.
The National Letter of Intent program provides prospective student athletes, along with a parent and athletic director, the opportunity to sign an Inter-Conference Letter of Intent on a specific date. Donovan Outlaw, Cameron Mejia, Donovan Outlaw, Taylor Kornieck, and Vanessa Chaparro share the moment after signing to their future colleges. Photo courtesy of Rich Santigate.

Five student athletes  signed to their future colleges on Thursday, Feb. 4. These students have been working in and out of school to ensure their success in the future.

Grant McKay, senior, signed to Trine University in Angola, Indiana to play golf.  

“This school is a good fit for me because they have a great facility. They have a brand new coach and it is an awesome opportunity for me to be able to play professional golf after college,” McKay said.

One athlete decided to stay closer to home. Donovan Outlaw, senior, signed to UNLV for football.

“I like the idea of being able to stay closer to home near my family and friends. The great coaches at UNLV keep reminding me that school is the most important thing, and I’m looking forward to playing football at such an amazing school,” Outlaw said.

Cameron Mejia, Taylor Kornieck, and Vanessa Chaparro, seniors, all signed to play soccer. Meija will be attending Humboldt State University. Kornieck signed to the University of Colorado in Boulder. Chaparro will attend Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne.

“These athletes have gone over and above from when they are young and through high school. Signing is a big achievement especially at Coronado where academics are so challenging. These students kept up their grades and will be saving their families a lot of money in college,” Rich Santigate, athletic director, said.