Five students sign on National Signing Day
The National Signing Day was on Wednesday November 9. During this ceremony five Darby students signed on to four different schools. During National Signing Day, students planning on playing a sport during college can sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI).
Five student-athletes signed the NLI. Kali Apelt will be attending Ashland university and will be playing volleyball there. Justin Fugett will be attending Purdue University. Cory Brooks will also be attending Purdue University. Jenna Ward will be attending Capital University. She will be playing soccer there. Gabby Iosue signed as well.
One of the Hilliard Darby students that participated in NLI is Gabby Iosue. Iosue will be attending the University of Akron where she will play soccer and study nursing. She chose Akron because of the facilities for the soccer program. When looking at colleges, Iosue picked them based off of the location. She was looking for a close-to-home university.
Looking forward, Iosue said she is excited to get involved at Akron.
“I’ll probably join a nursing related club, be on the board of student athletes, and I might do something else with student athletes or community service,” Iosue said.
Iosue has been playing soccer since she was three years old and is looking forward to continuing her soccer career. Iosue said her ability to inspire others helps drive her to play soccer.
“Just knowing that I can inspire people to play at the college level keeps me motivated,” Iosue stated.
The National Letter Of Intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and a NLI college. A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid.
There is a penalty for not fulfilling the NLI agreement. The student has to serve one year on campus at the next NLI member institution and lose one season of competition in all sports. An important part of the NLI program is a recruiting prohibition applied after the student-athlete signs the NLI. This prohibition requires member institutions to cease recruitment of a prospective student-athlete once an NLI is signed with another institution.