Four Arlington High School seniors signed letters of intent on Nov. 10 to play collegiate sports.
Although the school district had many athletes going to play for college teams last year, this was the first in-person signing that the school has had in a while.
“We want to recognize these young ladies for their accomplishment. It is not everyone who gets to play at the next level for their sport,” said Tom Roys, Arlington High School athletic director.
“This is a moment we want to recognize,” added Roys.
Emily Mekelburg will be going to play volleyball for Abilene Christian University.
“I’ve wanted this my whole life, so to be able to accomplish this is super exciting,” said Mekelburg. “I’m just so excited for the next chapter."
She said that she will miss the team she has played for in Arlington.
“My favorite part was making the amazing friendships I have had with my teammates and my coaches. Everyone has poured so much into me and I’ll be forever thankful for that,” she said.
Grace Metcalf will be playing golf at Rocky Mountain College.
“I was really excited because it was a great college for me and I really like the team,” she said.
Over the last four years she said she has a good golf experience in Arlington.
“My freshman year was my best year with the team. I liked that the team experience was fun instead of just being an individual,” she said.
Keira Marsh will be playing basketball at Cal State East Bay.
She played in a number of tournaments for local basketball teams but it still took a while for her to get an offer.
“It was a really slow process for me,” said Marsh. “No one really noticed me that much, except this school and they gave me so much praise and really recognized me as a player."
Marsh said she is excited to take her game to college.
“I feel like it’s going to be a whole new step for me to grow as a player and learn in a new environment. I’ve never even moved houses so I’m excited to start a new chapter in my life,” she said.
Finally, Taylor Pederson will be playing volleyball for Bellevue College.
When she received the offer to play for the college, Pederson said she was surprised.
“I think I was shocked because I knew I wanted to play so bad, so when it hit me it’s like ‘I’ll be leaving soon,’” she said. “It’s really just a blessing. I’ve always wanted to play college volleyball since I was little."
The Arlington High School volleyball program taught her a lot, she said.
“The whole program is like a family and the amount of lessons you learn from being a part of it is just insane,” she said.