MHS student-athletes take skills to the college level
by Quinlan Moore
National Signing Week is more than just an event that occurs every year—it is a victorious leap of persistence accompanied by a clear future, a few touching photos, the shake of a hand and, sometimes, tears of joy. It is a contract bound by long years of hard work paid off and the will to make the most of generous scholarships.
Signing Week officially recognizes student-athletes who commit to Division I or Division II schools; however, it is safe to say that college commitment to any division school is something to be recognized. These athletes work day in and day out to perform on their athletic territory. Some students receive the prospect to attend colleges outside of their originally-intended target schools for a better education and for elite programs, thanks to their athletic abilities. College athletes are not the stereotypical “dumb jocks”; they are talented individuals who excel in time management, as well as accountability. They are the leaders of tomorrow’s society.
Middlesex High School’s 2011 graduating class included a large number of college prospects. The commitments ranged from D1-D3 schools, but all athletes were equally dedicated and serious to continuing the development of their athletic abilities in college. Middlesex’s past college recruits include: Olivia Cloud (Salisbury: cross-country), Chris Henry (Radford, track), Malcolm Holmes (Radford, track), Harley Moore (Dickinson, baseball), Raquel Pierce (Averett, softball), Jillien Puster (Eastern Mennonite, volleyball), John and Kevin Walsh (Seton Hall, cross-country), and Ashley Williams (Louisburg, softball). Darrien Fisher, Class of 2012, will wrestle for Batone College in Arizona.
Congratulations to all athletes across the country who dedicated themselves to benefit from their schools of choice. It is a big deal—impacting people’s lives more than humanly comprehensible. Think about Signing Week when you watch your favorite college football team this weekend. Those are the kids who rose to the occasion, and many escaped poverty and painful occurrences at home. Those are the kids that dreamed a little longer than others. Those are the kids who wanted more. Today, these kids who signed to their dream colleges are not just elite athletes; they are achievers.
Go Chargers! Let’s hope to see more MHS students fulfill their dreams and add their names to the list of athletes who are the legacy of Middlesex High sports.