Multiple Millbrook Student Athletes Sign NLIs with Colleges


Team members of the signed athletes show their support for their teammates as they pose for a picture after signing day.

Kendall Johnson, Section Editor

  On Monday, May 8 Millbrook held its second signing day for student athletes choosing to continue their sports careers in college. It’s obvious Millbrook is filled with not only talented students but athletes as well. The previous signing day in the fall of 2022, Millbrook had a total of 12 student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent (NLI) with collegiate programs in the following sports: swimming, basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, softball, and baseball. This signing day consisted of eight different athletes signing to collegiate sports programs. The following is a list of athletes and where the college they made their commitment to:

Justine Sanchez- Catawba College for Track and Field

Payden Lewis- UNC-Pembroke for Track and Field

Ramsey Alzor- Mount Olive for Lacrosse

Daphne Palocrassas- Methodist University  for Soccer 

Kendall Johnson- Appalachian State for Track and Field

Xavier Vennie- Tiffin University for Basketball

Gabe Bland- Union College for Football

Bradley Muse- Bridgewater College for Football


  Millbrook wildcats continue to show up and show out for their fellow wildcats as there were many peers and parents there to support these athletes during their big moment. Senior Gabe Bland said, “I enjoyed signing day because my family was beside me the whole time and I enjoyed being able to share this special moment with them.” Gabe also expresses that he’s excited to start a new chapter of his life but he’ll miss his football team. “Building the lifelong friendships I have right now with my teammates was the best part of being a student athlete at Millbrook and I’ll definitely miss the guys.” he expressed. 

  Senior Xavier Vennie gave advice for other student-athletes here who have aspirations to play at the collegiate level: “It is important to keep school first because if your grades ain’t good you’re not going to be able to play. For the sports side, keep working and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t because you definitely can. Stay working hard and prove and make your supporters proud.”

  Best of luck to our student athletes headed off to college next year! Whether they have decided to continue their sport in college or leave their sport in high school, we are proud of all our student athletes, especially the class of 2023 who contributed greatly to our athletic programs. You will be missed.