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Dec 19th

Students set sights on college level athletics

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north-studentsTwo North Community High School students were celebrated by peers and teammates for accomplishing what few saw as a reality.

National Signing Day held on Wednesday, Feb. 6 was the first day that high school athletes could sign letters of intent and make their college selections official.

Outside the gym by the Door 13 entrance, North High students, Anthony Wallace and David Hall, Jr. were honored.

"You are setting the tone for those who come after you," said Family Engagement Specialist, Deanna Smith.

As peers and teammates cheered in unison, Senior Academy Athletic Director Julie Anderson expressed high praise for her students.

cooper-students"This is an example of what is possible when you handle business in the classroom and the field. I am so proud of you guys," said Anderson.

The players signed their papers to attend North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D.

Defensive back and wide receiver, Hall, wants to study business management, and one day hopes to open his own business.

"Coming from the Northside, I'm encouraged to set the bar higher, to show people I am more than the common perception," said Hall.

His advice to younger students is to stay balanced in their studies and put in extra time for personal goals.

Linebacker and offensive lineman, Wallace, wants to inspire others through his achievements.

"Don't take anything for granted," said Wallace. "Work hard; treat everything as a next step forward, eventually it will get you somewhere."

After college Wallace hopes to have a career in the technical engineering field – and also earn a Super Bowl ring.

"It feels good right now," said Wallace.

Wallace's mother, Carmea Hutchinson, said in between the summer of her son's junior and senior year, she saw a transition.

"He got his first job and started making money. It was like a light-bulb went off," said Hutchinson.

According to Hutchinson, a key component that helped Wallace was the simple aspect of discipline.

"You have to instill those values," said Wallace's mother. "When you get home, homework first, everything else comes later. He would want to stay up late and play games. I'd have to make him go to sleep. I had to be the mother, teacher and counselor all in one."

Hutchinson feels triumphant, as she expressed beating the odds of the neighborhood.

"I'm glad he is doing something positive. Living where we live, I was worried, I was scared, I wasn't expecting it, but he did it, he surprised me as usual," said Hutchinson.

A bit further north and to the west, New Hope honored Robbinsdale Cooper High School students Malik Rucker, Ashanti Payne, Briceon Scott-Burch, Parris Fields, Francis Kanneh, Leroy Taylor, Billy Kellogg, Lenzel Koskela, Robert Murry, Cornell Walker, Logan Olesen, Dawoine Smoot, Andrew Kimbell, and Dashawn Williams; all of whom signed letters of intent.

Rucker, Payne and Fields were all recent guest on the Insight News produced "Conversations with Al McFarlane," which aired on KFAI-FM.

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