A record number of University City High School seniors signed letters of intent to play their sport at the next level Wednesday evening, on the day known as National Signing Day.
University City Principal Michael Maclin said the 11 student-athletes on the stage are the largest group of seniors from the school to sign letters of intent at one time.
"There are 1.7 million high school athletes in the United States, 308,221 of them are seniors, and 5.7 percent go on to play college athletics," Maclin said.
They're going to Ball State, Washburn University, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Lindenwood University, Truman State and Missouri Valley University.
One field hockey and ten football players signed continue their athletics in college.
"It is for their hard work and dedication, in and out of the classroom, that they are able to sit here in front of us and realize the reward for all their efforts," University City Athletic Director Pat Oligschlaeger said.
Field hockey coach Marisa Sheppard said a mid-season injury sidelined Merinda Morley, but she was still elected as the team MVP and selected as All-Conference.
Football head coach Carl Reed said he was proud that every athlete on the stage came up through the University City School District, and are now going on with scholarships. He said a quarter of a million dollars worth of scholarships were represented.
The 11 University City seniors who signed letters of intent were:
- Merinda Morley, Ball State, field hockey
- Kobi Gilkey, Washburn University, football
- Orlando Woolens, Lindenwood University, football
- George Brown, University of Nebraska at Kearney, football
- Jeffery Standifer, Truman State University, football
- Chauncey Smith, Missouri Valley University, football
- Antone Hayes, Missouri Valley University, football
- Tristian Fields, Missouri Valley University, football
- Troy Jones, Missouri Valley University, football
- Jamal Plair, Missouri Valley University, football
- Rashod Richards, Missouri Valley University, football