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Student News of Liberty High School


Student News of Liberty High School


Student News of Liberty High School


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Student-Athletes Commit to Their Futures

Senior athletes sign to their No. 1 college in front of family, friends, and coaches
Sydney Davis
Seniors sit together at the signing table as athletic director Mr. Eldredge introduces them.

High school sports are a big deal. They are especially important when it comes to being a senior playing high school sports. Here at Liberty, 12 seniors have been chosen by a select college to play a sport for them. Family, friends, and coaches gathered in the gym before school on National Signing Day, Nov. 8 to see their senior sign with their select college. 

Athletic director Mr. Eldredge led the event and welcomed all students and parents.

“Today is an opportunity to celebrate these student athletes who have done whatever was needed to continue on athletically and academically at the collegiate level,” Eldredge said.  

On National Signing Day, senior student athletes sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI) committing to their college of choice. Senior athletes wait for this moment all of their athletic careers as it shows that their difficult work has finally paid off. Commitment signing here at Liberty is more informational as each athlete is asked a question by Mr. Eldredge. 

Ty Holman is committing to Saint Louis University to play baseball and was asked why the university was a good choice for him. “The college just really stuck out to me. I felt a really strong connection with the coaches there.” 

Brayden Schnurbusch will be continuing to play baseball at John A Logan College and was asked where the college was and what he likes about it. “John A Logan College is in Carbondale, Illinois. It was one of the first visits I did, and I just fell in love with the coaches and the facilities.”  

Carson Nolan is committing to the University of Indianapolis to play soccer, he was asked to give a little insight about the program there. “They have a great nationally ranked soccer program, which is one reason I wanted to join. I love the campus and I feel like I’m gonna do great over there.”  

Gavin Netzel is committing to play soccer at the University of North Carolina, he was asked about how the college found him. “I actually played a few showcase tournaments up there, and they reached out to me via text. We ended up on a Zoom call to talk and everything just worked out perfectly.” 

Layton Dahl is also committing to play soccer at Columbia College and was asked what he is hoping to bring to the college. “I hope to bring the best I can as an athlete and in my academics as well.” 

Mia Knobbe is committing to Kansas State University to play soccer, she was asked what was the most exciting part about the university. “It was just a dream of mine to play in a top 5 school, so it was just really exciting being able to make it to that level, also being able to play with one of my former teammates is amazing.” 

Sydney Strassemeier is committing to Western Kentucky to continue playing soccer as a goalie. She was asked why the university was such an easy decision for her. “The university was very homey, I loved the campus. The coaches and the team there already were so welcoming and it was really just a no-brainer.”

Zoey Arnold will be continuing to play softball at Mineral Area College and was asked what her plan was for the next four or five years. “I plan on going to Mineral Area for two years and overall get better, faster, stronger, and then transfer to play at a higher level.”

Brianna Rowland is also committing to play softball at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy. She was asked what she plans to major in. “I plan on majoring in physical therapy, my goal is to just have fun and enjoy playing softball.”

Seniors sign their letters on intent all together in front of family, friends, and coaches. (Sydney Davis)

Alex Meyer is commiting to Missouri Baptist University to play tennis and was asked why the choice seemed so easy for him. “I would say because it is local. I’ve always wanted to stay in-state and I just had a really good bond with the coach as well.”

Leilani Green will be attending Columbia College to continue with track and field, she was asked what events she does now and if they will be the same in college. “I run the 400m and the 200m. I do think it will be the same except that I will be better for sure.”

Abby Harder will be attending Southwest Baptist University to play volleyball. She was asked to give some information about the university and what she hopes to get out of it. “Southwest Baptist is a small private university, 30 minutes away from Springfield. I hope to grow as an individual and a player. I hope to form strong bonds with the teammates and coaches.”

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Alexis Cullivan, Reporter
Alexis Cullivan is a senior and this is her second year in publications. Outside of school, she plays recreational co-ed volleyball every Friday and works at Old Navy. She enjoys listening to music, such as Beach House, Braxton Knight, and more, hangouts with friends, reading, writing, and even crocheting! After school, Alexis plans on going to college to study in English as well as traveling to visit family throughout the states.   
Liz Hayes, Editor-in-Chief of Broadcast Media
Liz Hayes is a senior and this is her fourth year in publications. She is the editor-in-chief of broadcast media where she produces “The Eagle’s Eye” as well as the livestream producer. She is also a reporter for the Talon yearbook and LHSToday. She enjoys listening to music and working on publications in her free time. Liz hopes to be a director for a living. Her dream school is NYU and she hopes to live in NYC during and after college.

Zoe Snell, Feature Editor of Broadcast Media
Zoe Snell is a sophomore and it's her second year in journalism. Zoe started out in introduction to journalism last year and instantly fell in love with broadcasting. She went to several camps and even was the first freshman to go to the spring conference. Zoe is the feature producer for the broadcast class. Not only is Zoe a journalist, she has her own band that plays local gigs once a month, and she's on the color guard team.
Sydney Davis, Editor-in-Chief of The 2024 Talon
Sydney Davis is an editor-in-chief of the Talon Yearbook and will soon be in her third year of publications while also a manager of the cross country team. She is in her senior year and her second year of classes at SCC. She loves listening to music and watching movies and reading in her free time, along with playing with her niece and nephews. Sydney dreams of being a concert photographer while traveling the world when she is older. She is unsure of where her education will continue after high school, but would like to major in either journalism or marketing. Worms love worms!

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