Tiger athletes celebrated on National Signing Day
40 from the Class of 2018 to play at college level
Forty Broken Arrow High School (BAHS) athletes participated in the National College Signing Day celebration on Feb. 7, officially announcing where they will continue to showcase their athletic talents beyond high school.
"There is a study that was done years ago that showed when young people move into adult life the number one factor for determining their success is involvement in school activities," Ken Ellett, Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) athletic director, told the students, parents, family members and friends who attended the signing ceremony in the Varsity Athletic Training Center. "It didn't matter if it was athletics, FFA or band, being involved helps them learn lessons they need to know when going out into the world. So parents, you have given sons and daughters a head start on that path."
Dr. Janet Dunlop, BAPS Superintendent, also acknowledged the accomplishments of the signees by recognizing the parents.
“Thank you so much to the families who went through hours and hours of practices and all of the things that go into these student-athletes who sit in front of us today,’” Dr. Dunlop said. “We know your sacrifice. We also thank you for allowing us to share in your celebration today, because this is a wonderful day.
"To the athletes, thank you to the hours you have spent in your sport to rise to the top. We look forward to watching your careers after graduation and we look forward to your deep roots – that that you have already placed in Broken Arrow – to continue to hold as you come back and raise your family here. We want more student-athletes like you.”
Establishing deep roots was a theme of guest speaker Cole Moos, a 2014 BAHS graduate and punter at the University of Kansas.
"A lot of people don't know about this, but things weren't going well and I was about to give up on my dream (of playing major college football)," Moos said. "But I was reminded of something that I read in a book about how Chinese bamboo."
Six years pass before the bamboo begins to show signs of above ground growth, Moos informed the students. But in that fifth year the tree can grow as much as 90 feet high.
"You have to keep watering and keep watering, just like in our lives you have to put the first things first," he said. "You keep focusing on things you can control. What you don't see is that under the surface the bamboo tree is building a tremendous root system as a foundation for future growth.
"When you are focusing on what you can control you are laying a foundation for your entire life. If you don't give up, you are eventually going to see that growth."
Held on the first Wednesday of every February, National Signing Day celebrates the talented recruits in a number of collegiate sports, including baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, softball, cross country, track and volleyball. Several other BA athletes will have an opportunity to sign letters of intent on the spring signing day in April.
Congratulations to Broken Arrows 2018 college scholarship athletes:
Brett Biggs Cowley County CC
Mack Chambers Seminole State College
Tucker Dunlap Seminole State College
Kohl Franklin University of Oklahoma
Drew Lowe Oral Roberts University
Kadin Pratt Bacone College
Kaden White Butler County CC
Trey Wolf Oral Roberts University
Braden Boyer University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Kinsey Callen Seminole State College
Aallya Nascimento Spring Hill College (Ala.)
Austin Carter Northeastern State University
Corben Chambers Ottawa University
Devin Clayton Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
Anthony Diaz U.S. Air Force Academy
Austin Garrison Avila University
Izaiah Jackson University of Central Oklahoma
Trase Jeffries Abilene Christian University
Kei’shun Johnson Missouri Southern State University
Juan Mendez Undecided at time of printing
Gary Mossop U.S. Air Force Academy
Cade Nagy Friends University
Peyton Ross Evangel University
Derrick Shaw University of North Texas
Lafayette Wright Southwestern Ok. State University
Ashlyn Phipps Oklahoma Wesleyan
Jessica Laughlin Lindenwood University
Dwaylan McIntosh Oral Roberts University
Maggie Breiner Redlands Community College
Taylor Hair University of Central Arkansas
Karsen Killion University of Central Oklahoma
Morgan Rollow University of Central Arkansas
Taylor Sorrell Seminole State College
Olivia Volpe University of Louisiana - Lafayette
Olivea Wagner Northeastern State University
McKenzie Carney University of Central Oklahoma
Mary Collins Oklahoma State University
Katlin Mathis Connors State College
Madison Caputo Oklahoma City University
Erianna Murray Coffeyville Community College
Makina Wratten Missouri State University
Caleb Wise University of Central Oklahoma