Two athletic seniors will continue to be classmates after graduating CJ as TJ Mills '16 and Christian Wortham '16 both committed to take their talent to Bluffton University on Monday, May 2.
Mills, a point guard on the women's basketball team, received several post-season accolades this season including GCL All-League First Team, District 15 All Star, Honorable Mention Southwest District and being named a Dayton Daily News Athlete of the Week.
"I'm very excited," shared Mills. "Bluffton has a nice campus and it felt like it was for me. It fit me and that was most important."
"I think TJ would have done well wherever she went to school and she picked a great place," expressed CJ head women's basketball coach Mandy Meyers '00. "TJ will be an asset to Bluffton because she is such a competitor."
Wortham, who was ranked first in the state for triple jump during the indoor track season, will continue to jump and race for Bluffton.
"Bluffton wanted me and it was one of the schools I wanted to go to for track," Wortham said.
"It is a good fit for him," head track and field coach Jerry Puckett continued. "It's a smaller school and a very nice school. I think he'll do very well there."
Both Mills and Wortham said the similarities between Bluffton and CJ were attractive to them.
"What they have there we do at CJ," Wortham explained. "We have to do service throughout the year at CJ and we will do the same at Bluffton."
Mills agreed, "They have a similar sense of community and community service is also important. I'm happy to be a part of it."
Both athletes were thankful for the support of classmates who came to watch their commitment signings.
"I'm grateful for everyone who came and for all the support at CJ," Wortham shared. "I'm able to go to the next level of education and do what I love to do thanks to this school."
Mills added, "I'm going to miss playing with my teammates and seeing my friends. I'm happy they came to signing."
"This past year, TJ was the show leader on the floor," Meyers noted. "This year she came into her own in the position and we will miss her."
Puckett added, "Christian has a lot of athletic talent and makes our team better. He's a very nice young man, extremely talented, and he is now getting to show it."