Five from KCHS commit on National Signing Day

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Schools

Knoxville Catholic High School celebrated National Signing Day on Feb. 3 as five student athletes committed to play for colleges.

The signing ceremony was held in the school gym, with friends and family of each player making for a good crowd of witnesses. KCHS athletics director Jason Surlas addressed the gathering before the signings.

Paige Merry and Renee Semaan are joined by friends during the Signing Day ceremony Feb. 3 at KCHS. Photo by Dan McWilliams

Paige Merry and Renee Semaan are joined by friends during the Signing Day ceremony Feb. 3 at KCHS.
Photo by Dan McWilliams

“Today would not be possible without commitment and sacrifice from not only our student athletes, but also commitment and sacrifice from their families, their coaches at all levels and affiliations, their guidance counselors, and even many of their friends,” Mr. Surlas said. “I would like to say on behalf of our five student athletes a great big ‘thank you’ to each of you in this gym who has played a part in their journey.”

Football players Austin Rowan and Logan Punch signed papers, Austin with East Tennessee State University and Logan as a preferred walk-on with the University of Tennessee.

Soccer player Will Hunse signed with Virginia Military Institute.

Renee Semaan and Paige Merry each signed in soccer, Renee with Austin Peay and Paige with the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

“The coaching staffs of VMI, UAB, Austin Peay, UT, and ETSU have discovered something,” Mr. Surlas said, “that most of us already knew: that Will, Paige, Renee, Logan, and Austin are not only great soccer and football players but great students as well; and even more importantly, outstanding young people.”