Photo of NLI signing courtesy of Livermore Granada Boosters.

Next fall, 23 members of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) Class of 2019 will be heading to college on athletic scholarships. Students at LVJUSD are given time to explore passions and develop skills in various areas, including in athletics. Across the country, students who have worked to distinguish themselves – academically and athletically –sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to attend a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college, where they commit to continuing their education and pursuing the next level of their chosen sport. 23 student-athletes from Granada and Livermore High schools have taken this step.

The NLI is an agreement wherein a prospective student-athlete commits to attending an institution full-time for at least one academic year in exchange for athletics financial aid from the institution. This agreement ensures students’ places in these institutions and promises security, allowing them to focus on a strong finish to their high school career.

“Livermore High Athletics is proud of our student athletes and wish them the best of luck going forward,” said LHS Athletic Director James Petersdorf. “The commitment and dedication by the athletes and their parents to LHS is to be commended. We thank them for their four years at LHS.”

The NLI signings represent a validation of a years-long effort practicing discipline and excellence in academics and athletics.

The following are student participants in NLI Signing Days for the 2018-19 school year. From Livermore High School, in football: Brad Archer – Stanford University, Josh Martin – Simon Fraser University; wrestling: Mya Weacthler – Southern Oregon University; track: Veronica Valenton – California State University East Bay; soccer: Kamryn Farro – Saint Mary's College of California, Lindsey Harnish – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott, Kate Wallace – Indiana Tech; softball: Melanie Laronde – Whitworth University, Kylie Roberts – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott; volleyball: Jaida Carr – Concordia University Chicago, Rayvn Micel – Oklahoma Christian University.

From Granada High School, in cross country/track and field: Kalea Bartolotto – Northwestern University, Gracie Dupuis – Chico State, Kaylie Lawsen – Biola University, Colleen McCandless – Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; football: Malini Tia – Dixie State University; swimming: Paige daCosta – Cornell University, Caroline Eckel – Pepperdine University, Miranda Heckman – University of Texas; golf: Alex Christeson – University of Tulsa; soccer: Kate Hottinger – UC San Diego; softball: Tatum Hayes – University of Indiana, Shaye Mott – Willamette University.