Nine athletes sign letters of intent

Brandon Boudreau

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Nine student-athletes signed their letters of intent to compete at the collegiate level in their respective sports on Wednesday, February 1st.

Of the nine athletes, there were eight football players and one runner. Amanda Hennessey signed to run cross country at Lynn University. The football signings were very plentiful; CJ Cotman signed to the University of North Carolina, and Dillan Gibbons signed to the University Notre Dame.

Tyler McDonald signed to Princeton University, and Ra’shaad Stewart signed to the University of Cincinnati. Jakob Parks signed to the University of South Dakota, while Jervon and Jerquan Newton both signed to Marist College.

Signing Day is a monumental day for any athlete. It is also a very important decision that is sometimes difficult to make.

Tyler McDonald shared his thoughts on the day and his school of choice. He had offers from several Ivy League schools but ultimately chose Princeton University. “I like the coaches, and I like the campus,” said McDonald. “But most importantly, I felt that I could get the best education possible at Princeton.”

Amanda Hennessey was the only female to take the stage on signing day, along with being the only non-football player. “It was honestly kind of cool and special being
the only girl up there and the only one not signing for football,” said Hennessey.

“I chose Lynn University mostly because they have an incredible program for my major and after touring, I fell in love because the campus was beautiful,” said Hennessey.

Jerquan Newton got to be a part of a special family experience on signing day, because he got the opportunity to sign with his twin brother Jervon. “It was cool, not just because I was signing with my brother, but because I was signing with all of my friends I’ve known for years, and it was great to see all my friends continuing their dreams,” said Jerquan Newton.

Overall, signing day was a success with nine student-athletes committing to play their sport in college. They will have the opportunity to further their athletic careers, while strengthening their education at excellent schools.

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