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Eight Lucky Seniors Honored at the Spring Signing Event

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by Emilie Ralph

Friday,  May 12th, Walkersville held their spring signing event for eight lucky seniors. Theses seniors were Jake Parson for Stevenson, Josh Clegg for Frostburg, Olivia Johnson for FCC, Jackie Jiminez for HCC, Kelcie Robertson for East Carolina, Collin Hess for Glenville State, Noah Ferguson for McDaniel, and Garrett Lowe for Rose-Hulman Tech.

To start it off, Assistant Principal Greg Keller spoke on behalf of the administration team, including Principal Tracey Franklin who could not be there due to a Muffins with Moms breakfast at her son’s school. Although not there in person, she had Keller say some words about how proud she was of them.

As each coach came up to talk about whoever they were there for, each had a common theme – celebration for the student athletes. Coach Greene came up to talk about Clegg, “He is one of the best baseball players to come out of Walkersville High School.”

Coach Polce also came on stage to talk about the three football players signing, “Jake Parson really shined throughout playoffs and came through when we needed him,” he said. He also spoke about how “Noah Ferguson is such a committed player to Walkersville football with all he does out of season and in.” Finally he congratulated Garrett Lowe who was noticed by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is getting into his college on a ROTC scholarship.

For Track there were three students total: Collin Hess, Jackie Jiminez, and Kelcie Robertson. Hess’ father, Brett Hess, spoke of these individuals, “Kelcie came into track and shined with Pole Vault, she has gone to Nationals for indoors and trained by herself and others to get there. She made workouts for herself and coached herself when there was not a pole vault coach.” Hess added more about how Jiminez came out her senior year and “shined.” “She set all [of] her goals and then continued to make more like reaching 30 ft with throwing shot,” said Hess. Finally the coach spoke about his own son Collin and mentioned his “Excellent work and determination with track; he has placed very well in high jump and won states last year for indoor track.”

Johnson signed for basketball at Frederick Community College, and her coach spoke about her hard work as a captain and how much she has improved throughout the years. “[I am] proud the FCC coaches are to receive her as a good teammate and student.”

Jake Parson commented on his feelings toward the athletic signing, “It feels great to sign and have the weight off of my shoulders and to be able to enjoy my last weeks as a senior.”

Jiminez then spoke of how she can not wait to “help out with paying for it since they offered me money towards my tuition, and how it is a sign that I am getting better at the sport I love.”