Eight Northwestern Trojans got an audition for graduation day photo sessions when they signed national letters of intent Thursday during a ceremony at the school.
Large portions of family trees were on hand to hug, kiss, pose and love on their student-athlete family members.
The eight Trojans were:
“I had offers from VMI, Birmingham Southern, Piedmont College and Queens,” said Cunningham.
North Greenville’s scholarship offer was too good to turn down.
“You never really notice how nice it is until you go around and tour it,” he said. “A lot of people knock it because it’s in Rock Hill, but if anything, it’s beneficial to me because I do have my family right down the road if I need anything.”
Rast wants to teach, and he’s excited to play the competition that Winthrop faces.
“A lot of people put Winthrop aside because they’re not the Clemson’s or Carolina’s. But we play the Clemson’s and Carolina’s, so that’s gonna be a great experience.”
“I’m pretty excited,” said Fennell. “It was a good choice for me.”
Fennell signed his national letter of intent in February, but waited until Thursday to sign with a number of his Trojan track and field teammates.
“We’ve worked really hard, so to see it all pay off in the end is really fun,” he said.
“I loved Coker and the coaches,” said Foster. “I loved the school, and softball was just an added bonus.”
“When I talked to the coach, it just really felt like a home environment,” said Robinson.
“When I went there, I felt like family,” Simpkins said. “We had a good time, everybody embraced me and the culture is very nice, and I just felt at home there.
“I’m excited, but after all the friends I made here, it’s going to bittersweet,” Enabenter said.
Enabenter said she’s unsure of what she’ll study in college.
“I’m going to wait ’til I get there to see where I feel like taking my knowledge.”
“I can do from the 400 up, or whatever (coach) needs me to do,” she said.
Sanchez, who is undecided on a major, said she “kind of” wanted to run in college, but wasn’t sure she was good enough.
“I realized if I just put in a lot of effort, it would work out,” she said. “Surprisingly, I got offered this and I was excited. I’m thankful.”