Dorsey (left) and McDaniels (right), photo courtesy of April Ross

On November 13, seniors Destinee Dorsey and Claire McDaniels both committed to their respective colleges for athletics. Friends, family and coaches gathered in the gymnasium at noon to support them.

“We’re so excited for her to be going to the University of Pittsburgh,” said McDaniels’s mother. “It’s really very exciting for her and Claire can hardly wait.”

McDaniels maintained a 3.9 GPA while training an excess of 20 hours a week. She signed to the University of Pittsburgh for diving. She has several awards and achievements in the sport, including being the 2018-19 USA Diving Junior National Finalist and 2017, 2018 and 2019 USA Zone A Champion Platform.

Dorsey signed to Western Carolina University to play volleyball. She plans to major in Biology and go on to be a forensic scientist. She has a 3.7 GPA and was inducted into the National Achievers Society for her athletic and community service work. In volleyball, she’s a four year starter and a two time state champion.

“She’s probably the best libero in the state I’ve ever seen,” said Athletic Director April Ross.

McDaniels and Dorsey both thanked their parents and others who have supported them in their athletics.

“We’re very proud of Destinee’s achievement and hard work,” said Dorsey’s mother. “It’s kind of a bittersweet moment because…basically, it’s official now, that she’ll be going off to college in a few months to do what it is that she loves, which is play volleyball. I’m going to miss her…but it’s going to be a great transition and a great journey for her.”

At the end of the event, both McDaniels and Dorsey signed the official documents committing to their colleges. The next signing event is in February, and Ross said that there’s already a student athlete set to commit. 


About Audrey Javan

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