Sports

UHS Seniors Sign the NLI To Play College Sports

By ARUSH MEHROTRA
Staff Writer

On November 13th, seniors Alexis Kim, Lauren Cho, and Adam Axtell signed the National Letter of Intent to play college sports. During Office Hours, these three athletes signed in the MPR with their friends, families, and coaches all there to support them. 

After a successful high school career in which she led Girls Golf to two CIF titles, and made deep CIF individual runs, Kim committed to Brown University to continue her career. This success was the driving force behind her desire to play at the collegiate level.

“I did not know I wanted to play college golf until my time playing Uni golf,” said Kim. “There’s something about playing for a team rather than just yourself that really brought out the best in my game, and ultimately winning the state championships with the Uni team in 2017 was the turning point in my golf career. It was after that moment that I knew I wanted to continue playing for a school at the collegiate level.”

Kim looks forward to her time at Brown and hopes to continue to become better and better.

“I am beyond excited to continue my golf and academic career at Brown,” Kim exclaimed. “The women’s golf program recently got a new coach, and so these next few years will mark a new chapter both for me and for the team. I can’t wait!”

After achieving qualification for CIF as the team captain for Girls Volleyball this season, Cho decided to commit to Columbia University to continue her career. She reflects how her experience in high school has helped her both on and off the court.

“Uni volleyball has really helped me develop into a better leader and has helped me push myself to do my best for my teammates,” Cho said. “Over the past four years, I have had the opportunity to learn from my fellow teammates and about the importance of working together and truly being a team.”

After committing to the school over a year ago, Cho is excited to play at Columbia.

“I am very excited for Columbia,” Cho said. “Since I committed early my junior year, I’ve anticipated signing for a while and now that the day has actually come, I am so thrilled to play for Columbia next year. It is obviously going to be sad leaving Uni and having to say goodbye to friends and family, but I am also anxious to get to New York and be a student of Columbia.”

After transferring to UHS last season, Axtell signed to play baseball for Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Despite his short time at UHS, he has had a major impact and is a role model for the underclassmen.

“We all look up to Adam as a captain, he’s a great leader and inspires all of us to get better,” junior Ryan Shaw said.

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