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Apex Signing Day By McKenzie Feldman and Andrew Marquard

This year’s signing day sported some of Apex High’s best athletes committing to their colleges on an athletic scholarship. It was a proud day for Apex High athletics as athletes were surrounded by family, friends, teammates, and coaches. Apex was represented by eight athletes this year. There were three baseball commits, Cameron Mason, Cameron Roof, and CJ Conrad; three swim commits, Emma Rose Decaro, Ana Pozder, and Nick Lawton; and two lacrosse commits, Tess Meurling and Emily Beckman. We got the chance to pull them aside and ask a few questions. Check it out!

Emily Beckman

Q: What school are you going to and what are you going for?

A: I’m going to Wofford College for Lacrosse.

Q: What was your favorite part of the recruiting process?

A: Probably visiting all the schools and traveling.

Q: What made you choose this particular school over others?

A: I just knew. While visiting other schools, I kept thinking back to Wofford.

Tess Meurling

Q: What school are you going to and what are you going for?

A: I am going to Old Dominion University to play Lacrosse.

Q: What was your favorite part of the recruiting process?

A: Honestly, getting it over with because it’s super stressful, and lacrosse players commit super early. Getting it over with was really nice because I committed my sophomore year.

Q: What made you choose this particular school over others?

A: I really wanted to go to a college that’s kind of close to home but also a good distance away. Old Dominion is about three hours away because it’s in Virginia. Also, it’s on the coast. Being near the beach was a big thing for me, so I think those were the main reasons. They also have a good program, so they’re getting moved up into a really high conference now. It’s going to be more challenging but I think it will be good for me.

Q: How does it feel to finally be committed to a school?

A: It feels so great! I’m excited to get out of here and go!

Emma Decaro

Q: What school are you going to and what are you going for?

A: I’m going to Kutztown University to swim.

Q: What was your favorite part of the recruiting process?

A: I liked trying to determine which school was the best fit for me and the right conference. I also loved visiting all the schools.

Q: What made you choose this particular school over others?

A: I just loved the atmosphere of the place, the team was so cohesive, the coach was experienced, and I knew I would be able to thrive there.

Q: How does it feel to finally be committed to a school?

A: It feels great! So much weight is lifted off my shoulders! All the years spent trying to figure it all out were worth it, and then finally committing and being done is a great feeling.

Nick Lawton

Q: What school are you going to and what are you going for?

A: I’m going to the University of Illinois at Chicago for swimming.

Q: What was your favorite part of the recruiting process?

A: Definitely going on the recruiting trips and meeting everybody.

Q: What made you choose this particular school over others?

A: It felt like home immediately. The guys on the swim team were very welcoming, and I knew a girl that was already on the team.

Q: How does it feel to finally be committed to a school?

A: Oh my gosh it feels so good! I felt so relieved immediately after I called.

Cameron mason

Q: What school are you going to and what are you going for?

A: I’m going to Towson University to play baseball.

Q: What was your favorite part of the recruiting process?

A: I enjoyed all the traveling my family had to do, and I liked going up and down the east coast. I liked being able to compete with players I usually don’t get to play with.

Q: What made you choose this particular school over others?

A: When I went on my other visits I didn’t feel as wanted as I did at Towson University. The coaches made me feel welcome and wanted.

Q: How does it feel to finally be committed to a school?

A: It feels awesome. I remember the day I committed, and it was probably one of the best days of my life.

Cameron Roof

Q: What school are you going to and what are you going for?

A: I’m going to Winthrop University to play baseball.

Q: What was your favorite part of the recruiting process?

A: I enjoyed the official visits and how nicely the coaching staff treated me and my family.

Q: What made you choose this particular school over others?

A: It is close, and they have a good program. I liked the coaches a lot.

Q: How does it feel to finally be committed to a school?

A: It is a huge relief.

Chad Conrad

Q: What school are you going to and what are you going for?

A: I’m going to Winthrop University to play baseball.

Q: What was your favorite part of the recruiting process?

A: Just really working hard to get an opportunity to play at the next level, and when it all worked out it was very worth it.

Q: What made you choose this particular school over others?

A: I was blessed with a scholarship that would help my family out, and also the opportunity to play immediately when I arrived.

Q: How does it feel to finally be committed to a school?

A: It feels great. I know I have a home, and I have something to prove to my coaches.

Ana Pozder

Q: What school are you going to and what are you going for?

A: I’m going to the University of Missouri for swimming.

Q: What was your favorite part of the recruiting process?

A: Getting to explore all the different options was fun. It was very humbling to see all your hard work pay off.

Q: What made you choose this particular school over others?

A: They are really good at swimming, and they have a great program. I fit in really well with the team and the coaches, and the environment was perfect.

Q: How does it feel to finally be committed to a school?

A: It’s a huge relief! The recruiting process goes on for a really long time, so it’s so nice to have it close and know where I’m going next year!

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s signing day possible, especially the coaches, family members, and friends for the continuous support of our athletes. Congratulations to all athletes for an incredible high school career at Apex and for officially making it to the next level. We wish you the best of luck moving forward in college and in the future.

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