Hip Hip Hooray for Signing Day at North


Senior Tyler Triche looked up to his parents shortly before thanking them in his speech (Photo by Sydney Jarrard).

Senior athletes celebrated their commitment to play a college-level sport on Wednesday, Nov. 10 in the PAC from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Starting with softball and ending with baseball, each coach described their players strengths, successes and records, overall, congratulating them on their advancement in their athletic accomplishments and career. Once their coach delivered their speech, the athletes gave one of their own. They thanked various coaches, family members, friends… and some even thanked God for the opportunity. 


Senior Emma Claire Seaney said, “No matter how much money I spend or how much effort I put in, it is by God’s will that I am able to play collegiate lacrosse.”


After each athlete got their picture taken individually, with their family, and with their team, everyone huddled into the lobby of the PAC. Every athlete had a stand with pictures of them playing their sport, young and old, and with merchandise advertising their college or university. Athletes shared some form of treat, whether cupcakes or Crumbl cookies, with their team and their family for a sweet ending to an honorary night. 


Senior Baylor Homesly said, “[I committed to] Austin Peay State University [which] means I’ve reached the top.”


Student athletes who plan on committing to a college to play their sport but either haven’t received the opportunity to quite yet or haven’t selected which college they’d like to commit to should not fear; there will be an additional Signing Day next semester for those students so that they can be celebrated as well. 


Signing Day was supposed to have an additional time slot at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday; however, many student athletes are involved in Clubs that had their Club picture taken for the yearbook at the same time. Therefore, all signing athletes’ celebrations were moved to 4 p.m.


All in all, Signing Day was more than just an obligation for student athletes furthering their athletic careers; it was a chance to celebrate all of their hard work and perseverance, late night games and early morning practices, enlightening wins and disappointing losses. It was an opportunity to commemorate the time they spent at North playing the sport they love and celebrate their future playing their sport.