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Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

ANKENY, Iowa (May 4, 2017) - Twenty-eight Ankeny High School student-athletes were honored with a  National Letter of Intent Signing Day ceremony at AHS on May 3. The students were joined by family, friends, and coaches as they were recognized for having been offered collegiate athletic scholarships or preferred walk-on status.

During the ceremony, each student spoke about their time in high school, thanking parents, coaches, teachers, and administrators.  The guest speaker was Dave Whims, Hall of Fame Volleyball Coach.  He spoke to the students about persistence and hard work.

"I would like to thank and congratulate the student-athletes who declared their intentions to play at a college or university next year," said Brent Buttjer, AHS Activities Director. "Their hard work and perseverance have paid off and we are excited to watch them open the next chapter of their lives. A special thank you to the parents and coaches of these athletes. Without their commitment, none of this would be possible."

During the ceremony, two additional awards were presented.  Lily Jones was awarded the E. Wayne Cooley Recognition Award. This scholarship is given to a female athlete who reflects discipline, perseverance, character, superior athletic skill, leadership, academic achievement and citizenship.

Blaine Hawkins was presented the Bernie Saggau award. This honor recognizes a student who exemplifies a patriotic spirit, strong religious and moral convictions; living and professing qualities of honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship. This award is presented to one student every year in each high school in the state of Iowa.

Student-athletes who signed their national letters of intent included: 
 

Softball

Emily Bosch

Northwestern College

Softball

Gabi Bingham

Iowa Central CC

Girls Basketball

Codee Myers

University of Sioux Falls

Volleyball

Alyssa Ballenger

Wayne State University

Volleyball

Liv Winker

Missouri Western State University

Volleyball

Hannah Murray

Iowa Central CC

Rugby

Jordan Sanderson

Iowa Central CC

Football

Joey Norris

UW Platville

Football

Brock Wageman

Grandview University

Football

Vance Gibson

Iowa Western CC

Football

Harrison Griess

Graceland University

Football

Blaine Hawkins

Central College

Football

Ben Schiltz

Simpson College

Trapshooting

Jacob Austin

Simpson College

Trapshooting

Alex Austin

Simpson College

Track

Tess Nygren

Hawkeye Community College

Softball

Melanie Rasmussen

Missouri Western University

Triathalon

Naomi Hill

North Central College

Boys Basketball

Drew Maschoff

University of Sioux Falls

Boys Track/CC

Jay Mixdorf

Wartburg College

Boys Track/CC

Cole Jacobsen

Simpson College

Girls Track and Dance

Mikala Mackey

Grandview University

Girls Golf

Meghan Matherly

DMACC

Dance

Haley Peiffer

Grandview University

Dance

Natalie Aunspach

University of Iowa

Girls Soccer

Molly Close

Wartburg College

Girls Soccer

Alyssa Parker

Grandview University

Rowing

Chloe Creekmur

University of Iowa