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National Signing Day 2/06/2013

National Signing Day - February 6, 2013

Two students pose with their college hats37 student athletes—along with their families and coaches—were celebrated today at Charleston County School District’s (CCSD) National Signing Day, a press conference that drew a standing-room-only crowd to the CCSD boardroom. These exemplary male and female high school seniors represented six CCSD schools and six different sports, but they all had one thing in common: each student is receiving an athletic scholarship to attend college this fall.

 “This is one of the happiest days of my entire year,” said Coach David Spurlock, CCSD Director of Athletics. “Today shines a spotlight on what team sports do for our kids. These young men and women had to qualify not just athletically, but academically. Only 1.4% of all students who play sports will receive a college scholarship this year, and they are part of that elite group.”

Group of all student athletesThis year’s group is CCSD’s largest in the five year history of our event. Coach Spurlock emphasized the importance of expanding the day to include all athletes, so it’s not just about a few football players signing with big conference schools. He highlighted the positive impact of Title IX in helping females and athletes of lesser known sports receive equitable support and recognition, pointing out that recognitions such as Kendra Blackstock’s (Wando) lacrosse scholarship may not have existed without this significant legislation.  

Superintendent Nancy McGinley asked the crowd—what is the role of a student athlete? “It’s so much more than practices and games,” she said. “Being a student athlete shapes who you are, gives you discipline, and keeps you to a higher standard. Little kids look up to you, and adults rely on you.” Dr. McGinley stressed the vital importance of teamwork in today’s society, and credited team sports for teaching those skills to tomorrow’s leaders.

Dr. McGinley and Stuart Walters pose by their tennis photoBoth Dr. McGinley and Coach Spurlock thanked the large community of people who give their all to support student athletics: the parents, grandparents, and siblings; the coaches, assistant coaches, trainers and student support staff; the teachers and principals; the booster club volunteers and fundraisers; the fans; and the media. “CCSD knows it takes a lot of support, but look at the payoff!” said Dr. McGinley.

In one of the most touching moments of the day, Dr. McGinley personally congratulated Academic Magnet student Stuart Walters, who will attend Johns Hopkins this fall and play football. Stuart played tennis with Dr. McGinley six years ago as part of the Superintendent’s Cup, and a picture of them hangs in a prominent place at 75 Calhoun still today. Stuart received his scholarship for outstanding academics, and Coach Spurlock commended him for his level of academic excellence, adding, “I hope in 8 or 10 years when I’m being wheeled into surgery somewhere and you’re in that O.R., you will remember me!”

Congratulations to our 37 distinguished Signing Day athletes for 2013:

Lacrosse Player with her familyAcademic Magnet

Jonathan Glenn, Boston University for Men's Soccer

Matt Houle, Randolph Macon College for Men's Soccer

Andrew Novack, Wofford College for Men's Golf

Kallie Peurifoy, Virginia Tech for Women's Soccer

Stuart Walters, Johns Hopkins University for Men's Football

James Island Charter

Sarah Blakeley, College of Charleston for Women's Soccer

Austin Collingham-Walker, Newberry College for Men's Baseball

Christian Dorothy, Spartanburg Methodist College for Men's Baseball

Cody Hobbs, Spartanburg Methodist College for Men's Baseball

Josh Schooler, Wofford College for Men's Soccer

Haley Tucker, Spartanburg Methodist College for Women's Golf

Kali Watkins, University of South Carolina Sumter for Women's Softball

Tyler Weekley, Charleston Southern University for Men's Baseball

St. Johns High School

Johnny Burch, North Greenville for Men's Football

School of the Arts

Eli Dent, University of South Carolina for Men's Soccer

Wando High School

Kendra Blackstock, Columbia College for Women's Lacrosse

RaShaun Brown, North Greenville for Men's Football

Rudder Brown, The Citadel for Men's Football

Hamilton Carlin, University of South Carolina for Men's Soccer

Michael Carpin, University of Georgia for Men's Baseball

Erik Clark, College of Charleston for Men's Soccer

Hunter Danna, University of Memphis for Men's Soccer

Andrew Davis, University of South Carolina for Men's Soccer

Austin Fister, Tusculum College for Men's Football

Grace Gore, Limestone College for Women's Soccer

Christian Jablonski, College of Charleston for Men's Soccer

Brock King, College of Charleston for Men's Soccer

Chris Leslie, Limestone College for Men's Football

Chuck Rouse, Wofford College for Men's Football

Dirk  “Babe” Thomas, Winthrop University for Men's Baseball

Ansley Vaughan, Converse College for Women's Golf

Stephen Wilson, Presbyterian College for Men's Football

Nathaniel Wright, Tusculum College for Men's Football

West Ashley High School

David Allen, University of South Carolina Sumter for Men's Baseball

April Jones, University of South Carolina Sumter for Women's Softball

Madison Jones, Wofford College for Women's Soccer

Whitney Williams, University of Virginia for Women's Softball

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