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Sixth Annual Signing Day at CCSD Celebrates Record Number of Scholar Athletes 2/06/2014

Sixth Annual Signing Day at CCSD Celebrates Record Number of Scholar Athletes

GroupFeb. 6, 2014 - 46 student athletes—along with their families and coaches—were celebrated today at Charleston County School District’s (CCSD) National Signing Day, a press conference that drew a standing-room-only crowd to the CCSD boardroom. These exemplary male and female high school seniors represented ten CCSD schools and ten different sports, but they all had one thing in common: each student is receiving an athletic scholarship to attend college this fall.

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“This is one of the happiest days of my entire year,” said David Spurlock, CCSD Director of Athletics. “Today shines a spotlight on what team sports do for our kids.” This year’s group is CCSD’s largest in the history of the event.

signing day Superintendent Nancy McGinley asked the crowd—what is the role of a student athlete? “It’s so much more than practices and games,” she remarked. “If it seems like you’ve struck a personal chord with me, that’s because I was a student athlete. I know exactly what kind of hard work and dedication these students have put forth to be able to sit up here today.” Dr. McGinley expanded upon the meaning of academic eligibility, and talked about how strong athletics programs help students develop focus and discipline, build self-esteem, and experience invaluable lessons in teamwork and critical thinking. “These 21st Century skills will help you on your path in college, on the playing field, and for the rest of your lives,” she added.

West PointAmong the recognitions and thanks, Mr. Spurlock took time to give special recognition to Danielle Greenman of Roper St. Francis (Danielle is also the current athletic trainer at Stall High School) for leading the effort to provide continuous and consistent training support services to all CCSD high school athletes.

Both Dr. McGinley and Coach Spurlock thanked the large community of people who come together to support student athletes: the parents, grandparents, and siblings; the coaches, assistant coaches, trainers and student support staff; the teachers and principals; the booster club volunteers and fundraisers; the fans; and the media. “CCSD knows it takes a lot of support, but look at the payoff!” said Dr. McGinley.

CCSD Signing Day “by the numbers”

  • 46 students representing 10 schools
  • 30 young men ; 16 young women
  • 14 football players
  • 9 soccer players
  • 5 baseball players
  • 5 swimmers
  • 4 Lacrosse players
  • 3 basketball players
  • 2 softball players
  • 1 volleyball player
  • 1 golfer
  • 1 track and field competitor
  • and 1 Scholar Athlete scholarship recipient

Complete List of 2014 CCSD Signing Day Athletes, by High School

ACADEMIC MAGNET Brady Allardice to Furman (Soccer) Alexandra Gilbert to Columbia College (Lacrosse) James Koval to West Virginia Univ. (Swimming) Hunter Leckonby to Chestnut Hill College (LaCrosse) Tyre Moore to Mercer University (Basketball)

BURKE MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL Raven Saunders (Track and Field, scouted by Oregon, Duke, LSU, Virginia Tech)

BAPTIST HILL DeAngelo Frasier to South Carolina State (Football) Phil Hamilton to Benedict College (Football) Troy Harrison to Savannah State (Football) Dakota Holmes to Coastal Carolina (Football) DaShonda Magwood to Denmark Technical College (Basketball)

JAMES ISLAND CHARTER Garrett Glaze to Presbyterian College (Soccer) Brittan Miller to Brevard (Softball) Dennis Washington to United States Military Academy at West Point (Football) Daniel Wilcutt to College of Charleston (Baseball)

LINCOLCN MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL Ivan Campbell to Newberry College (Football)

MILITARY MAGNET D’Angelo Rivers (Scholar Athlete scholarship presented by The Joye Law Firm and Thursday Night Lights)

STALL HIGH SCHOOL Jordan Carswell to Newberry College (Football) Domonique Richardson to North Greenville (Football)

ST. JOHNS HIGH SCHOOL Darius Clark to Newberry College (Football) Tresvon Coakley to Georgia Military Academy (Football)

WANDO HIGH SCHOOL Dirk Bell to Yale (Swimming) Alexander Bourland to Millsaps College (Soccer) Savannah Hallman to Charleston Southern (Golf) Ben Hillebrand to College of Charleston (Swimming) Morgan Howard to Spartanburg Methodist (Softball) Nolan Kelleher to University of Florida (Football) Megan Kingsley to University of Georgia (Swimming) Darby Martens to College of Charleston (Soccer) Travis Morrin to University of South Carolina (Swimming) Logan Nelson to USC Upstate (Soccer) Natalie Tucker to Limestone (Volleyball) Allie Winglosky to Limestone (Soccer)

WEST ASHLEY Tyrie Blalock to USC Lancaster (Baseball) Aaleeyah Brimmer to Emmanuel College (Lacrosse) Caroline Cashion to The Citadel (Soccer) Dekeiya Cohen to Baylor (Basketball) Karen Grant to Winthrop (Lacrosse) Tucker Morning to College of Charleston (Baseball) Casey Murakami to Francis Marion (Soccer) Taylor Oden to USC Lancaster (Baseball) Morgan Powers to Newberry (Soccer) Bobby Ruff to Charleston Southern (Football) Lee Russell to Limestone (Football) Jonathan Sabo to USC Lancaster (Baseball) Brett Toth to United States Military Academy at West Point (Football)


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