Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent
Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent
Posted on 11/30/2017

Thirteen student-athletes in the Puyallup School District signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to universities of their choice on the November 8 National Signing Day.

NLIs may be voluntarily signed by prospective student-athletes who will be entering a four-year university for the first time in the academic year after they sign the NLI.

After a student has signed an NLI to a four-year university, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) forbids any further efforts from other institutions to recruit that student. Students who have signed an NLI must attend the school to which they signed in order to receive financial aid.

The NLI was created in 1964 by Dr. J William Davis to keep other universities from recruiting an athlete after that athlete committed to going to a four-year university.

Director of Instructional Leadership - Athletics, Health and Fitness, Rick Wells, celebrated the students’ commitment saying, “NLIs represent the culmination of many years of hard work, commitment, determination, and dedication. We are proud of these student-athletes who have demonstrated that such values and character traits -- rooted in self-discipline -- often result in prized benefit.”

Emerald Ridge High School:

  • Amber Fickle - Tacoma Community College - Basketball
  • Kava Durr - Colorado State University - Volleyball
  • Jadyn Mullen - Corban University - Volleyball
  • Tayler Templeman - California State East Bay - Volleyball
  • Jeffrey Fahnlander - Whitworth - Baseball

Puyallup High School:

  • Sophia Bjerk - University of San Diego - Fastpitch
  • Gavin Grant - Oregon State University - Baseball
  • Brady McLean - Pacific Lutheran University - Baseball
  • Joseph Fitzsimmons - Concordia University Irvine - Swimming

Rogers High School:

  • Maddy Clark - Concordia University - Beach Volleyball
  • Madison Glasoe - Boise State University - Fastpitch
  • Ellie Hamel - Simpson University - Basketball
  • Nick Waterstraat - California Lutheran University - Basketball

 

Joseph Fitzsimmons stated, “Athletics helped me strive to do better in academics because of learning balance between school and swimming, and it also helped me create a good work ethic.” Fitzsimmons is going to go to Concordia University to pursue a career as a physician assistant.

Gavin Grant explained, “Athletics taught me to do my best on the field and in the classroom. It taught me hard work and also perseverance.” Grant is going to Oregon State University to pursue a career in physical training.

Sophia Bjerk added, “Athletics helped me as a student to learn how to effectively manage my time and to focus my priorities.” Bjerk is going to the University of San Diego to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Brady Mclean said, “As a student, athletics helped me get more involved in school past just the grades, and to learn what “team” really was. After playing with this team for so long I learned they are more than just guys out on the field with me.”

“Athletics taught me to do my best on the field and in the classroom. It taught me hard work and also perseverance.”

Jim Meyerhoff, athletic director at Puyallup High School, shared a word of thanks to both students and parents for the commitment they have made over the years. Although the students have put in many hours of practice and playing time, Meyerhoff extended a special thank you to the parents who helped make this opportunity possible by supporting their student in a variety of ways such as paying for equipment or hours of drive time to get to games and practices.

The 13 student-athletes who signed their NLIs on the November 8 National Signing Day will be continuing a tradition of excellence by furthering their education post-high school as student-athletes in a university setting.

November 8 was the first National Signing Day of the school year. More National Letter of Intent signing dates will be coming:
                December 20, 2017
                February 7, 2018

                 April 11, 2018

“Athletics taught me to do my best on the field and in the classroom. It taught me hard work and also perseverance.”

“Athletics taught me to do my best on the field and in the classroom. It taught me hard work and also perseverance.”

Devin Konsmo