Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent
ANKENY, Iowa (May 3, 2018) - Twenty-six Ankeny High School student-athletes were honored with a National Letter of Intent Signing Day ceremony at AHS. 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 Coach Dave Ewing, former Ankeny Head Wresting Coach. He spoke to the students about leadership 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. Alex Robran was awarded the E. Wayne Cooley Recognition Award. This honor is given to a female athlete who reflects discipline, perseverance, character, superior athletic skill, leadership, academic achievement and citizenship.
Deaglan Riordan 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.
Randy Daniels, Ankeny High School boys' tennis coach was also recognized for being named State Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Student-athletes who signed their national letters of intent included:
|Baseball||Jayden Maifeld||Iowa Central CC|
|Baseball||Will Casel||Indian Hills CC|
|Basketball||Sydney Shadravan||Grand View University|
|Basketball||Ben Lyon||Rockhurst University|
|Bowling||Collin Runyan||Iowa Central CC|
|Cheerleading||Emma Oliver||Mount Mercy University|
|Cheerleading||Samantha Despotovich||Drake University|
|Football||Dayne Kajewski||Wartburg College|
|Football||Drew Hill||Truman State|
|Football||Azri Jackson||Drake University|
|Football||Tate Beardsley||Grand View University|
|Rugby||Colby Baugher||Lindenwood University|
|Rugby||Zoe Olson||University of Northern Iowa|
|Rugby or Football||Austin Espino||Undecided|
|Soccer||Laina Routson||Truman State|
|Soccer||Riley Whitaker||University of Iowa|
|Soccer||Alexis Legg||Augustana University|
|Soccer||Hailey Osburn||Wartburg College|
|Softball||Peyton Daugherty||South Dakota State University|
|Softball||Marina Smith||Kirkwood CC|
|Softball||Kennedy Thomas||Johnson County CC|
|Track and Field||Sydney Flatness||Grand View University|
|Volleyball||Miranda Greathouse||Grand View University|
|Wrestling||Killyan Green||Grand View University|
|Cross Country/Track||Alex Robran||University of MN - Duluth|