Chapel Hill High School honored 22 of its student-athletes last week with a brief ceremony to mark their advancement into college athletics.
Assembled Tuesday inside Hanes Theater on the CHHS campus, each of the athletes introduced themselves to the audience of family, students and well-wishers and then named their college choice.
“You’re moving up to the next level. We’re proud of all of you,” CHHS Athletics Director Tim Bennett said. “Remember, no matter where you go, you’ll always be a Tiger.”
Women’s soccer and women’s swimming tied for the most number of signees, each with four.
Jamella Smith, an all-state player from Chapel Hill’s undefeated state champion girls basketball team, was the last of the group to announce her choice. She signed her letter of intent to play at South Carolina State on Monday.
“I had a lot of options, but when I visited South Carolina State they made me feel like it was my home,” Smith said. “And they made it clear they needed me as much as I needed them. That was important to me.”
Soccer All-America Alexandra Kimball was perhaps the first of the CHHS signees to make up her mind, announcing her commitment to the University of North Carolina Tar Heels early in her junior year.
“I really just love Chapel Hill,” Kimball said. “The UNC women’s program is one of the best in the whole country, and I love its coaches and I love the players. It was an easy choice.”
Here’s a list of the college signees from the Chapel Hill High School class of 2014:
Hank Bolon (lacrosse) Illinois Wesleyan University;
Christofer Chang (tennis) Washington & Lee University;
Luke Ciocca (soccer) University of North Carolina;
Megan Dell (soccer) Virginia Commonwealth University;
Daniel Govert (football) Appalachian State University;
Anders Haaland (lacrosse) Guilford College;
Kaitlin Jones (swimming) Johns Hopkins;
Alexandra Kimball (soccer) University of North Carolina;
Casey Mickunas (swimming) Rochester Institute of Technology;
Heidi Mickunas (swimming) Ithaca College;
Brandon Nickerson (football) UNC Charlotte;
Joey Raines (football) Methodist University;
Perry Ramsey (volleyball) North Carolina State;
Frances Reuland (soccer) University of North Carolina;
Catherine Romaine (basketball) Bucknell University;
Evan Rose (swimming) Case Western Reserve University;
Rachel Samuelson (swimming) Randolph-Macon College;
Jamella Smith (basketball) South Carolina State;
Laura Sullivan (soccer) Roanoke College;
Joshua Taekman (swimming) Carnegie Mellon University;
Collin Vilen (cross country) Western Carolina University;
Chandler Weedon (soccer) Franklin & Marshall College.
W.E. Warnock, CHN Sports Editor