The Minneapolis Public School District (MSP) has plenty to be proud of as 13 student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent at the Davis Service Center Café a couple of weeks ago to continue their scholastic and athletic endeavors at the collegiate level.
When all was said and done, student-athletes from six of the seven high schools — Edison, North, Patrick, Henry South, Southwest and Washburn — signed to participate in track and field, basketball, football, volleyball, soccer and danceline.
Edison track and field phemon Jada Lewis will attend the University of Northern Iowa.
Isaac Johnson, who starred in football earlier this season at North, will play basketball at Western Illinois University.
The University of Minnesota-Duluth will add Patrick Henry running back and outside linebacker Javien Versey to its roster next season.
La’ryountae Taylor, a receiver from Patrick Henry, signed with the University of Minnesota-Crookston.
South’s De’Maya Nichols will be a part of the danceline at the University of Jamestown (North Dakota).
April Houston of Southwest will join the volleyball team at Eastern Michigan University.
Southwest volleyball standout Fola Wilson signed to play for the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Drake University signed an outstanding soccer player in Washburn’s Juan Louis.
Minnesota State University-Mankato added Taylor Cottew of Washburn to its girls’ soccer roster.
Washburn girls’ soccer player Kaitlyn Villars will attend the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse.
Simmons College (Boston) is where Washburn girls’ soccer player Austyn Kimball will play next year.
Ellsworth Community College signed Washburn football standouts Savion Johnson and D’Angelo Moore. Johnson starred at cornerback for the Millers while Moore played wide receiver.
Part of a statement that accompanied the MPS press release announcing the signings puts everything in perspective:
“From being the first in their family to graduate high school to serving as committed volunteers in their community and leaders in their school, these students each have unique stories and have worked hard to show they are MPS strong.”
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