Three Wildcat athletes’ dreams came true Tuesday evening by signing athletic scholarships to further their schooling and athletic endeavors in college. Shanice Ross, Atyanna Freeman and Jacob Harkins celebrated this honor with family, friends and coaches in a festive ceremony at Elgin High School.
Shanice Ross will be attending McMurry University in Abilene on a track and field scholarship. Parents Stephan and Zandra Ross have raised a confidant, smiling young lady who excels in several areas, one of them being throwing the discus—enough so that the Abilene college wants Shanice to throw the discus for their track and field team and will pay for Shanice’s education in return. Shanice will major in mathematics and hopes to be a math teacher after graduation. Another important area in her life is continuing her training on the Olympic weightlifting team. She is on the team, but like the rest of the athletes, needs to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics by placing high enough in one of various weightlifting meets to come.
Atyanna Freeman will be a student athlete at Southwestern College, a private four-year college in Winfield, Kansas. The Lady Builders offered Atyanna a position on their basketball team. She is a shooting guard who feels her strong point is driving to the basket. Parents Anthony and Shreeta Freeman are, of course, very proud of their daughter. They will have an eight-hour drive to see her play, but will also get an opportunity to see her perform when the team comes to Texas to play in tournaments. Atyanna hopes to be on campus by the beginning of August and will major in pre-med with a minor in biomedical science. Even though it is hitting her that she will soon be leaving Elgin for the time being, she is excited to continue this next era of her life.
Jacob Harkins is excited to travel a bit north on I-35 to carry on his education and play baseball for the Temple College Leopards. Jacob said he really liked the campus, and the fact that his dorms are actually apartments is also nice. His parents, J.D. and Donna Harkins, are also very happy to be close enough to follow their son easily. He will major in business, and the school recruited him as a pitcher in athletics. Jacob’s best pitch is his curveball, but he has several other effective pitches in his repertoire. He will have a fellow Wildcat, Andruw Gonzales, as a teammate this fall. Jacob will spend the summer working with his dad and playing select ball before starting the next chapter in his life in Temple.
Hard work. Dedication. Commitment. These have all paid off handsomely for these three young people, and their future is certainly bright.