Senior Athletes Sign Their Final Goodbye

May 11, 2022

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The baseball team at their teammate’s signing, pictured in the photo are (from left to right) is Rhyen (Kade) Gallion, Robert (Landon) Sekulic, Nolen Geitz, Landon Taylor, Andrew Faubion, Garin Geitz, Jackson Martin, Brock Bruner, Jaxon Rowden, Hayden Carver, Ryken Adkins, Logan Daniels, and Kyle Fritts (photo by Seth Hardison).

Several of Fair Grove High School’s senior athletes are going to college for sports, and on May 4, 2022, they announced to everyone what college they are planning on attending and signed to their schools.

Mckenzie Chandler (12) is going to attend Drury University for cheerleading. Chandler said, “I am going to cheer because I really enjoy cheering, and the environment in the cheer squad is amazing.” She continued, “I am attending this college because it is close to home, and it is a fantastic college, and I know I will be getting an amazing education.”

Chandler is more than excited to attend college for cheerleading. She explained, “We get recognized more, we practice more, and we try new things that I have never done before. It is a fantastic opportunity.”

Parents and family were allowed to attend the athletic signing. Chandler’s family attended her signing. Chandler shared, “It is a special opportunity. It only happens every so often. I am the only one in my family to go to play a college sport. It is exciting for my family.”

Fair Grove has not had a cheerleader go to college for cheer since 2013. Chandler wants to be an inspiration to the girls in grades below her.

Devin Carroll (12) is going to attend the College of the Ozarks for basketball. Carroll voiced, “I am attending this college because it is a college with a good reputation and one in which I feel I can grow in my academics, athletics, and spirit.”

Playing college-level sports is very exciting, Carroll explained. “It has been a goal of mine for a long time, and I am thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to play,” Carroll stated. According to Carroll, he has put in a ton of extra unseen hours to get to the point he is now. Carroll mentioned that he is blessed to have so much help from his coaches, family, friends, and father.

Kody Stacye (12) is going to Mid-America Nazarene University to play football. He feels like it is the best place he could go to be the best football player he can be.

Stacye said, “I put in a lot of work from the weight room to the football field. It doesn’t just come to you. From freshman year I didn’t think I would be as good as I was in junior or senior year.”

The high school senior athletes have taken their first step to playing at the college-level with their sports.

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