Several CJ student athletes will continue their education and their passion to play a sport after they leave high school. Throughout the 2014-2015 school year, many senior athletes held a signing event, proud to confirm their intentions for the upcoming school year.
Most recently, swimmer Erin Staley signed with Ashland University.
"Getting to continue my swimming career, I never knew if it would happen," said Staley.
Alan Vest, whose father and brother both played basketball for Wright State University, will keep his family's legacy alive by also playing for the Raiders.
"It is a great opportunity. I'm really excited to be joining the Raider community," said Vest.
This year, Vest and the CJ men's basketball team advanced to the state semi-finals. Staley also made it to state, swimming in individual and relay races. Both athletes received post-season honors from the GCL while Vest also earned All Southwest District and All-Ohio honors.
Both athletes recognized their teammates and coaches who helped guide them to their success. The athletes said they hope to bring the same sense of community, which they found at CJ, to their college teams.
Staley said, "CJ has a great community system. I hope I can be a support system for years to come at Ashland."
Other student athletes to hold signing events this year included:
- Beth Stumf (Volleyball) Slippery Rock University
- Cole Chandler (Football) Tiffin University
- Trey Harper (Football) Robert Morris University
- Margaret Geraghty (Rowing) University of Louisville