Holt High celebrates signing day

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By Ethan Merrill
Holt Journal staff writer

Holt High School celebrated 11 senior athletes moving on to play their sport at the collegiate level during a short ceremony Thursday, Feb. 20.

The after-school event brought student athletes, coaches, parents and faculty alike to celebrate the athletic achievements of the Class of 2014.

Boys’ soccer Assistant Coach Camron Gnass set up the celebratory signing in honor of the students who signed their letters of intent on February 5.

“We didn’t have a National Signing Day event,” said Gnass. “So we wanted to acknowledge all the students who are moving on to play college sports.”

The day was particularly special for Gnass’ own team. Six of the Rams’ soccer team, which finished 15-3-3 this past fall, will be playing at the next level. One is still undecided.

Gnass’ son Alec, a midfielder who has committed to Elmhurst College in Illinois, said, “This is really exciting for the whole team. To play college soccer has been a goal for a long time for us seniors.”

Kaleb Akers will be playing soccer at Calvin College, along with Stacie Skinker on the women’s team. Her teammate Lexi Harley is headed to Albion to play.

Alec Green is signed with Oakland University to play soccer in the fall. Teammates Jacob Dowling and Mitch Simon are headed to Davenport University and Spring Arbor University, respectively.

Lindsey Lemke plans on continuing her gymnastics career with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Also leaving the state is Pader Her, signed with the University of Akron to play golf.

Courtney Masseau will play softball at Muskegon Community College.

Emily Krueger is planning on joining both the cross country and track teams at Hope College.

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