Seniors Take Their Skills to the Next Level: National Signing Day


Photo Credit: Jacob Swanson

Jacob Swanson and Moad Mounjim

Grandview held a signing ceremony early on February 1st in the gym as part of National Signing Day, where 33 seniors committed on athletic scholarships.

One of the 33 seniors was four year veteran soccer and basketball player Isa Dillehay, who has 4 goals, 6 assists, and 16 total points in her 21-22 season. 

“I am going to the University of Montebello and its a Division Two school,” Dillehay said. “I plan on playing soccer.”

Isa Dillehay had to choose which school and sport to pursue at the college level after receiving offers from multiple universities.

“I had offers from Minot State University, Upper Iowa University, Sam Houston State University and Adams State University,” Dillehay said. “I also play basketball and it honestly wasn’t too hard. I always wanted to play soccer in college.”

Similarly, Senior Gabi Placide has 3 years of varsity volleyball under her belt with 94 total blocks and 199 total digs throughout her time at Grandview.

“I signed with the University of Northern Colorado and they are a D1 School,” Placide said. “I want to play volleyball.”

But for Placide it wasn’t very hard to choose which school she wanted to go to.

“I signed for UNC because they offered me a full ride scholarship and also their volleyball is the best in their conference,” Placide said. “I had an offer from the University Of Houston and it was a walk-on so I didn’t take that offer.”

Varsity Baseball player and Senior is also an athlete to sign to a school. 

“I signed with Ottawa University; it’s an NAIA,” Swanson said.  “I’m planning to go play baseball and I’ve been playing since I was about 6 years old.”

Swanson likes the school,  and plans to do more than just play sports in his time there.

“ [I loved] seeing all of the dorms because they were pretty nice and the baseball facility was really nice too. I liked their school and I liked the program that they have,” Swanson said. “I’m going to study business and economics.”

Swanson also had many ways to get himself out there for colleges to recognize him. \

“I tried putting myself out there online, reaching out to coaches by email, text, and other means,”  Swanson said. “It was all about making connections and getting noticed.”