Nine senior student-athletes committed to continuing their athletic and academic careers at the collegiate level during the 2017 National Signing Day ceremony Feb. 1 at Mound Westonka High School. Students, parents, teachers and coaches gathered in the MWHS Little Theater Wednesday morning for the celebration.
MWHS senior Hunter Ellis served as emcee for the ceremony, recognizing each student-athlete for their accomplishments and thanking their coaches for their years of encouragement and support. In his remarks, Ellis read a quote from MWHS girls basketball coach Alan Hiebert:
Successful athletes are the ones who spend hours doing the boring things on their own, over and over, because they know they’ll get even better, though there is no guarantee of the team’s success. It’s these athletes that succeed long term because they train themselves for the grind and they risk failure in the pursuit of success. It’s because of the risks that they take that they demand the respect of their teammates and coaches.
Ellis also quoted from White Hawks football coach Nick David. “I am so excited to see our students play at the next level,” David remarked. “They have worked tremendously hard over the course of the past four years and have done everything in their power to be the best that they can be. I have no doubt in my mind that they will find success at the collegiate level.”
2017 National Signing Day Participants
Zach Bohn, University of Wisconsin – Stout, football
Isaiah Cherrier, Western Illinois University, football
Jordan Clement, University of Wisconsin – Stout, track and field
Hunter Gallus, St. Catherine University, hockey
Evan Kennedy, University of St. Thomas, baseball
Emma Polusny, St. Cloud State University, hockey
Liz Schepers, Ohio State University, hockey
Claire White, University of Wisconsin – Lacrosse, basketball
Shane Wiskus, University of Minnesota, gymnastics
Photos by Becca Neuger
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