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Apex Signing Day By Demaree Persson and Briley Peacher

This spring's signing day showed off some of the hardest-working athletes at Apex. Athletes were surrounded by their family, friends, coaches, and teammates as they signed the papers committing themselves to a college. Apex was represented by five athletes. There were two volleyball commits, Madeline Rudd and Amanda Dybal; one soccer commit, Olexia Mitchell; one cheer commit, Hannah Wing; two track and field commits, Amanda Dybal and Taylor Boykin-Roach; and one lacrosse commit, Preston Lalicker. We got the chance to ask these athletes some questions about where they are going and why. Check it out!

mADELINE RUDD

Q: Which school did you choose, and which sport will you be playing?

A: I'm going to Old Dominion University to play volleyball.

Q: Why did you choose this particular school over others?

A: The volleyball team is a brand new program at Old Dominion, so it's been a cool experience to be the first volleyball player to commit to their team. I fell in love with the school, and the coaches and girls were so friendly.

Q: How does it feel to be committed to a college?

A: Relieving. It's been a long process, and I'm glad that I know where I'm going to be playing next year.

Amanda dybal

Q: Which school did you choose, and which sport will you be playing?

A: I am going to Monmouth College to play volleyball and track and field.

Q: Why did you choose this particular school over others?

A: When I visited Monmouth, it felt like home. I love the coaches; they were so welcoming during the whole process.

Q: How does it feel to be committed to a college?

A: It feels like a giant brick came off my shoulders.

Taylor Boykin-roach

Q: Which school did you choose, and which sport will you be playing?

A: I am going to UNC Charlotte for track and field.

Q: Why did you choose this particular school over others?

A: I've always really wanted to go to UNC Charlotte, so when I got the offer, I decided that it was the best choice for me.

Q: How does it feel to be committed to a college?

A: It feels really good. I'm relieved that I don't have to be stressed about where I'm going to college anymore.

PRESTON LALICKER

Q: Which school did you choose, and which sport will you be playing?

A: I am going to the Virginia Military Institute to play lacrosse.

Q: Why did you choose this particular school over others?

A: I wanted a military school with a pretty good lacrosse team, and VMI fit what I wanted.

Q: How does it feel to be committed to a college?

A: Very good. Lacrosse has been my life throughout high school, and I've been working hard to get into college to play lacrosse. It feels good to finally have it done.

OLEXIA MITCHELL

Q: Which school did you choose, and which sport will you be playing?

A: I am going to the University of Maine at Fort Kent to play soccer.

Q: Why did you choose this particular school over others?

A: I just felt like it was for me overall.

Q: How does it feel to be committed to a college?

A: It feels great. There is a lot of pressure off my shoulders.

Hannah wing

Q: Which school did you choose, and which sport will you be playing?

A: I'm going to Western Carolina University to cheer.

Q: Why did you choose this particular school over others?

A: Western Carolina has a good nursing school. I fell in love with the beautiful campus, and there was such a warm atmosphere when I visited. I really enjoyed it.

Q: How does it feel to be committed to a college?

A: I'm really excited about it. It's a sigh of relief that I don't have to think about any other schools.

Congratulations to all of these Apex athletes for being successful during their high school career and for making it this far in your well-earned journey. We wish you the best of luck as you move forward into college!

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