By Joe Sageman
Shortly after 3 pm in the Founders Hall conference room on Wednesday, five Bullis student-athletes committed to playing collegiate sports by signing binding letters of intent. They were surrounded by family, coaches, Bullis administrators, and plenty of cameras on the smile-filled afternoon. Dozens of students pressed their faces against the door's glass to get a glimpse of their friends and teammates realizing their dream of playing sports at the next level.
First to sign was Brittany Jackson ('13), who is headed to George Mason University to play basketball. Her teammate, Dazia Hall ('13), will continue her career at the University of Richmond. A pair of Bulldogs in Lauren Raffensperger ('13) and Anthony Thompson ('13) will matriculate to the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts to play lacrosse and basketball, respectively. Finally, Nick Fields ('13), who has long been considered one of the most prized high school recruits in the country, made his decision to head to Johns Hopkins University official despite having verbally committed there in the tenth grade.
"I was just really excited to see everybody that came and supported the five of us. Mostly I was hoping that I looked good signing the letter and that my signature was nice and neat. Oh, and that I signed on the right line. I was nervous though!" said Jackson. "I am so relieved [that the college recruiting process is over] and I cannot wait to be a part of the Mason family. [National Signing Day] is one of the biggest milestones in my life. Just knowing that the same time next year, I'm going to be on my own in college is crazy. But it just made me realize how fast time goes by and you can't take anything for granted. But most importantly, seeing my mom happy really made it that much more special."
Not all future collegiate student-athletes participated in the ceremony, however. Only select sports held their signing day on Wednesday, with sports including football and field hockey choosing to host their signing days later in the year.
Images courtesy of Nicole Thompson