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November 16, 2018

Students Awarded Scholarships

By Pilar Owens and Jacque Ritchie, TALON

Years of hard work on-and-off the field has paid-off for three deserving Aztec High School Seniors. Introduced in 1981 to level the playing field for colleges vying for sports talent, National Signing Day is traditionally the first day a high school senior can sign a binding 'Letter of Intent' to play a collegiate sport with a school that is a member of the United States National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). This year Wednesday November 14, was AHS's signing day for Isabelle Peralta, Jocelyn Ulrich and Alanna Larkins who were all rewarded for their years of determination, effort and true grit.

"I feel great knowing that the Lobo coaching staff and all those at UNM believe in me!" said elated Varsity Lady Tiger softball star, Jocelyn Ulrich. Ulrich received a full-ride scholarship to UNM and will play "either left or right field" for the Lobos next fall. While at AHS Ulrich has earned a 4.5 GPA and plans to study bio-chemistry. Ulrich wanted to thank, AHS Girls Softball Head Coach Roy Johnson, BAM Sports recruiter Matt Martinez and her dad. "This is the end of one dream and the beginning of another," said proud dad, Gene Ulrich. The elder Ulrich is a special education teacher at Park Avenue Elementary and while ecstatic about the prospect of his daughter playing for the Lobos he added, "She's just a wonderful person, academically she is on top of the world."

You may recognize Alanna Larkins from the soccer field: She wore the #9 jersey for the Lady Tigers and played as one of their forwards. Larkins signed to play softball for Eastern New Mexico University. She'll probably play short stop and middle infield for the Lady Greyhounds. "I'm excited. I'm a little bit nervous," said Larkins, "I've been looking forward to playing college softball so I think it'll be good." She wished to thank her coaches and her parents. Her mom Jamie Larkins said, "I'm super excited for her. I think she worked really hard to get where she's going."

Isabelle Peralta signed to play golf for Western New Mexico University. "I'm excited," said Peralta. She wished to thank her friends and parents. Her mom Anita Peralta said she's, "Very excited to see (Isabelle) go to the next level." How hard did Isabelle have to work to get this opportunity? "Extremely," said her dad and golf team coach, Paul Peralta. He said Isabelle has consistently met the scoring goals they have set for her, so the scholarship is "well deserved."


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