Photo By: Alex Rozbicki
Students, teachers, and coaches gathered in the quad today at lunch to recognize five Cam High seniors for receiving full athletic scholarships to a four year university. The students honored and their designated colleges are as follows:
Chase Robledo, Cal State Monterey Bay
Kellie Kooker, Colorado State University Pueblo
Dynn Leupepe, Cal Poly Pomona
Lynn Leupepe, Cal Poly Pomona
Shannon Hill, Navy Annapolis
Mr. Michaeltore Smith, ASB advisor and Cam High girls’ basketball coach, organized the simple ceremony, beginning with a short speech, and then introducing the athletes on the stage. “Only two percent of high-school athletes nationwide receive this kind of award,” said Smith. “It’s something that I wanted to do to celebrate the achievements of our athletes.” The five students individually stepped up to the podium and thanked their friends, families, and coaches for helping them excel not just in sports, but other aspects of high school as well.
Although exceptional athletes, all five students were well-rounded in their academics as well. “I’m going to school for psychology. I’ll play softball all four years at college, but I want to be a psychiatrist after that,” said Shannon Hill. Of course, pursuing a career in psychology does not negate Hill’s love for softball. “It’s basically my life. I’ve been playing since I was four, and I’ve been on varsity since my freshman year. I love it. It gets you involved, and the other girls on your team become like family.”
The honoring of the students at the quad was in accordance with National Signing Day, the first day a high school senior can sign the National Letter of Intent with a school that is a member of the NCAA. Traditionally, National Signing Day is held on the first Wednesday of the month and serves to distinguish extraordinary high school seniors for their outstanding academic achievements. This is possibly the first National Signing Day in which Cam High has participated.