By DENALI BOLLENS
On November 5, seniors Indiana Fuller and Hanna Ghamari signed the National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play college soccer. During Office Hours in the MPR, Fuller and Ghamari signed with their friends, families, and coaches present.
The NLI acts as a binding agreement between a student-athlete and a school. For one year, the athlete agrees to play for the school in exchange for an athletic scholarship and financial aid.
Hanna Ghamari committed to play soccer at San Francisco State University. Ghamari said, “When I visited San Francisco, I could see myself going there.”
Ghamari has been playing soccer since she could walk. She has played on the varsity girls soccer team as center mid for all four years of her high school career.
When asked what her favorite memory was, Ghamari said, “My favorite memory was when I scored my first goal on varsity freshman year!”
Ghamari’s sister, Kiana Ghamari (So.), said, “It’s been my sisters dream to play soccer, and seeing her accomplish this is amazing. I look up to her so much.”
Ghamari said, “The idea of playing soccer at a college level gives me goose bumps. I can’t wait to play and experience the different level of skill, this has always been a dream of mine.”
Ghamari said she would like to thank her mom, dad, and sister, “for always pushing me to never give up.”
Indiana Fuller committed to play soccer at Point Loma Nazarene University. Point Loma is a small Christian University, ocean side in San Diego. “I chose Point Loma because of the setting, academics, sports, and the Christian values,” said Fuller.
Fuller has played on the Irvine Strikers, an Academy soccer team, for the past few years and decided to play high school soccer this year. Fuller’s goal is to score twenty goals this season; so far he has made 17 of the 20.
Fuller said, “Soccer is more of a lifestyle than a sport for me. It has been the one thing in my life that I have always had and I’m so blessed to continue to play in college.” When asked about his favorite memory, Fuller said, “The most memorable moment in my soccer career happened on m U13 Irvine Strikers team, where we were in the sweet sixteen of Nationals and I scored the winning goal by ‘bicycling’ the ball into the net.” Fuller’s teammates Aidan Galassetti (Sr.) and Arya Kashani (Sr.) said, “Having him on the team this year has changed the whole team’s level of play, we are all performing at a higher level due to Indy.”
Fuller would like to thank his coaches, Martin and Joey, and his father, Chip Fuller, for supporting him throughout his athletic career.
There will be one final signing ceremony on April 15 to honor all remaining athletes signing the NLI.