Fall Signing Day


Brandon Woods, Editor-in-Cheif

signing-dayBy: Brandon Woods/ Editor-in-chief

Senior track athletes sign their letters of intent

Deciding on what college to choose is always a tough decision for seniors, especially when there are many big scholarship opportunities being handed to them from many colleges. This was a dilemma for senior athletes Demetria Anderson and Jasmine Barge.
National signing day came early this year for high school senior track athletes due to the NCAA’s decision to switch signing day from early February to Nov. 1. After being pressed for time, the tedious college search was settled just in time for Barge, who selected the University of Nebraska, and Anderson, who chose Illinois State University.
Two ladies with a strong athletic background and a list full of outstanding statistics, Anderson and Barge were a large part of the Lady Star’s first place team finish at the state meet last spring. With Barge winning the 300m low-hurdles and 100m high-hurdles and Anderson finishing fourth and seventh in the same events, together the two ladies put up 27 points of the Lady Stars overall score of 70 points.
Anderson has been running since the age of 6 and having the opportunity to take her talents to the collegiate level is a true blessing to her.
“I am truly blessed,” she said.
As an Illinois State University (ISU) recruit, Anderson received a partial scholarship of 75 percent of her overall tuition. She says the coaches will be willing to boost her scholarship if she is able to drop her times this upcoming season.
“I’m willing to work hard for it,” Anderson said. “Being able to have a full scholarship will be an even bigger blessing.”
Signing to ISU was kind of a hard decision according to Anderson. She says that she was having a dilemma between ISU and Murray State University located in Kentucky.
“I chose ISU because it felt more like home and I was getting a better benefit out of them,” she said.
Anderson realizes that signing her letter of intent is one step closer to being able to achieve all of her goals associated with track. As for this upcoming season, Anderson says she will be working hard to receive her full scholarship while having fun with the team at the same time.
“I’m going to leave it all on the track,” she said.
Jasmine Barge’s selection process was much similar to Anderson’s except she was choosing between Mississippi State University and University of Nebraska. On Nov. 1 however, she signed her letter of intent to University of Nebraska as a hurdler to the Lady Huskers.
Barge received a full-ride scholarship to both Mississippi State and Nebraska, but she chose Nebraska because they are allowing for her to be able to train for the Olympics even after she graduates, which is a limited offer amongst most colleges.
“This was a very hard decision for me,” Barge said. “I only had a week to decide between the two.”
As for the 2015 high school track season, Barge says that she is having mixed emotions.
“I’m excited, but at the same time I’m nervous, because there is a lot pressure on me as the reigning state champ,” she said.
Although she is having mixed emotions, she says that she will not let them interfere with her work ethic or her determination.  She is looking forward to breaking all of her personal records, including the all-class record in 300m low-hurdles that she set at the state