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FVHS senior athletes committed to college

Ella Wachtel
Seniors Zoe Chesson, Andrew Keller, and Tripp Buddin have commited to continue their athletic careers in college.

At Fuquay-Varina High School, we have a lot of great athletes who go on to play beyond high school. This year we have a few seniors who will continue their athletic career next year in college.

Zoe Chesson is committed to Winston-Salem State University to continue playing volleyball. Chesson wants to continue her volleyball career for the love of her sport and to stay in shape, 

“Playing a sport that I like in college is something that I’ve always wanted to do, so once I got the opportunity it was kind of a no-brainer,” said Chesson.

  Chesson said that Winston-Salem became her home because they focused on academics before sports. 

“I saw that this was a school that wanted to prioritize my athleticism and academics. I’m getting a school that has a great campus and campus life and that’s what I’ve always wanted so it was an easy choice,” said Chesson.

Andrew Keller is committed to play baseball at Campbell University. Keller has been playing baseball since he was three. He says that watching his older brother was his inspiration to start playing. 

Playing in college was always a dream for Keller, and the dream came easy for him. 

 “My recruitment came pretty easy to me cause I kinda just came out of nowhere. As a sophomore, I had eight or nine colleges looking at me, then I played for the number one team in the country and then it just kinda happened,” said Keller. 

Out of all of his choices, Campbell was the one because he believes that the coaching staff is the best out there.

Addison Smith is committed to play softball at Brevard College. Smith said that she wanted to continue to play the sport because she had to prove something, but then she realized how much she really loved the sport. With only a couple of years left, she knew she had to continue playing.

  Smith said the hardest part of her recruitment was choosing a school that felt like home and not just somewhere only to play softball. When Smith visited the team, she knew that Brevard would be her home.

 “The team gave me a bond when I first met them and the coach made it feel like I was safe there no matter what,” said Smith.

Football player Tripp Buddin decided that he is going to play for Randolph-Macon College in Virginia. Buddin claimed that he has always loved to play football and this past year really showed him that.

 “When I decided I wanted to play football in college, I figured that it would also help build skills like leadership and working with others, that would help in the workforce later in life,” said Buddin.

  Buddin said that his recruitment process was more stressful than anything else, and explained how there were a lot of hard decisions to be made and a lot of hard talks, but eventually, he came to the perfect decision for him. After going on his tour, Budden bonded with the team and liked the campus, so he knew that this was where his home would be.

We are all proud of all these amazing people and more who got the opportunity to continue their athletic careers. We are excited to see how far all the amazing athletes will go.

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