Congratulations to the following students who committed to universities across the nation at the school’s spring signing on May 2: Paul Anderson, University of North Texas, Cross Country and Track and Field; Miguel Campo, Texas Wesleyan University, Football; Ellie Fellers, Cameron University in Oklahoma, Golf; Matthew Grigg, Samford University in Alabama, Track and Field; Noah Hopkins, Webster University in Missouri, Baseball; and Trevor Vaccaro, Millsaps College in Mississippi, Tennis.
For Paul Anderson, signing to run cross country and track at the University of North Texas means everything.
“I have had this overwhelming passion for running ever since I began Upper School,” he said. “There is a special feeling I get from running that I don’t get doing anything else.”
He thanked his coaches and teammates for guiding him and mentoring him throughout his Upper School career.
Paul has always been very involved in clubs at Liberty, but he is most passionate about student council and government.
“I love leading at Liberty and creating an increasingly better campus for my friends.”
Paul plans to major in political science and turn his love for politics into a career by becoming a policy analyst or a lobbyist.
Miguel Campo said he is both blessed and shocked to be able to play the sport he loves at the next level.
“It is shocking because I am still trying to process this accomplishment,” he said. “It is a blessing because I am able to keep doing what I love and use this sport as a platform to make a positive change in the world.”
He said that the game of football has taught him mental and physical toughness, handling adversity when it is stacked up against him.
As an active member at his church, Miguel said he likes to encourage others with positivity and love.
Saying he wants to be active and creative in his career. he plans to pursue a degree in engineering and business.
“Liberty’s academics taught me to use my time very wisely and to work smarter,” he said. “Athletically, it has made me succeed more as a young man who is forming into a grown man.”
He wanted to thank every Liberty staff member: teachers, coaches, lunch aides, Liberty Locker staff, and the facilities team.
“They have all cared for me and told me something I needed to hear in my life,” he said.
Signing with Cameron University is a long-awaited accomplishment for Ellie Fellers.
“Signing is such a fulfilling achievement,” she said. “I have been the only female golfer at Liberty for four years, so this had taken a lot of hard work and dedication.”
Ellie was introduced to golf in Middle School, and she has loved it ever since. Her father taught her how to play golf, and one of her favorite pastimes is getting to play with him and her grandfather.
She thanked Coach Frank and Coach Burroughs for giving her the confidence to play college golf, where she also plans to study business and finance.
Samford University will welcome Matthew Grigg this fall as a new edition to the track and field team. Running at the next level is an extremely exciting opportunity for Matthew.
“During the past three years, I have grown to love everything about track,” he said. “I have become passionate about developing my skills and pushing myself to work hard in each event, in and outside of school.”
He credits Liberty’s athletic and academic programs for teaching him the value of perseverance. Matthew holds the position of treasurer of National Honor Society, and he has been on the Spring Break mission trip each year of Upper School.
At Samford, Matthew intends to major in exercise science and minor in missions. In the future, he hopes to coach track and field and pursue opportunities to further God’s kingdom through ministry.
Noah Hopkins said playing baseball at Webster University will be a gateway to new opportunities both academically and athletically.
“Ever since I was a little kid, my dream was to play baseball,” he said. “This opportunity to continue to do what I love gives me the chance – in the midst of everything – to be a kid again.”
Noah has also participated in football and wrestling, and he has volunteered at the Red Cross and Mission Arlington, as well as supporting hurricane clean-up efforts.
He plans to major in finance and become a financial advisor.
“Liberty’s academics taught me the importance of critical thinking,” he said. “Athletics taught me how to surrender the outcome and give my best in every situation.”
He wanted to express his gratitude to the Liberty staff.
“Thank you to the teachers and coaches who have shown me how to live Christ-like by living out what they teach.”
For Trevor Vaccaro, playing tennis at the collegiate level is a dream come true.
“I began playing tennis at age 13, and I knew immediately it would be my forever sport,” he said.
“I have worked hard for my achievements, and my signing with Millsaps College is highly rewarding.”
Trevor recalls watching pro athletes like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal play, and he has strived to emulate their determination and work ethic on and off the court.
At Liberty, Trevor mentors Middle School students in the Impact program, and he has been a part of Key Club and the Ping Pong Club. He is also a member of Scholars and Athletes Serving Others.
Trevor looks to pursue a business degree and work in the tennis industry following college graduation. He said he benefited greatly from Liberty’s Career Day that inspired him to seek out business.
“I would like to thank my mom for encouraging me to play tennis and always supporting me in tennis and in life,” he added. “I want to thank my dad for being a role model of the kind of man I want to be.”