By: Ellen Lee
Due to the many collegiate level athletes at on campus, Athletic Director Sarah Stapp created an event honoring athletes who have signed to National Letter of Intent (NLI) member institutions.
The NLI is a binding contract with a university in which the student is granted a scholarship to play a Division I or II sport for the school. The contract is renewed annually as long as the athlete maintains a 2.0 grade point average.
Stapp made the event to acknowledge the Gunn athletes that are continuing their athletic careers in college. Seniors Rachel Acker, Julia Ama, Elizabeth Anderson, Allison Doerpinghaus and Cat Perez have all signed to colleges and participated in the NLI Signing on Nov. 16.
Perez has signed with the University of Seattle for Division I basketball. “I’m most excited for just the aspect of college, being away from home and experiencing new things,” Perez said.
Ama also signed with Stanford University for Division I swimming. She debated between swimming for several schools before making the decision to attend Stanford. Acker has signed with University of California, Berkeley for swimming, Anderson has signed with Santa Clara University for water polo and Doerpinghaus has signed with Eastern Washington University for volleyball.
At the Spring Sports Awards Night, Stapp hopes to recognize all senior athletes who plan to play sports in college, whether they are signing the NLI binding agreement, playing lower divisions or walking-on. “I don’t think a lot of people know how many great athletes we have on campus and I would like to make of note of it,” Stapp said.