Seniors Alyssa Sanders and Savannah Becker received recognition on Monday, November 14 for receiving athletic scholarships to attend college next year. Athletic Director Glen Stevenson, Principal Tamara Cooper, the students’ parents and coaches were present to congratulate them on this significant accomplishment.
Alyssa Sanders found out two weeks ago that she received a scholarship from the University or Delaware for women’s swimming. Just visiting the UD campus last month to tour the facilities, the news could not have come at a better time.
“I was beyond excited,” commented Sanders during the recognition event.
Alyssa will be attending the University of Delaware next year with an undeclared major and looks forward to joining the many individuals from Milford who have attended the University of Delaware in Newark.
“I love the state of Delaware and this will give me a chance to still be close to my family,” commented Alyssa. “I look forward to having my mom come to the meets.”
Sanders has received the honor of first team all state three years in a row for swimming, among numerous other awards. She will be swimming her last year with the Milford Bucs this winter and has already started practices with the team. Her coach Michele McKenzie is very proud of her competitiveness and attitude towards the sport.
“She is pretty amazing,” commented Coach McKenzie. “She always has a great attitude. She will do very well at the University of Delaware, she has had a rigorous training schedule her whole life.”
In August she will be off to the University of Delaware as she begins her freshman year. Sanders hopes to be a influential part of the UD team and has aspirations of making the women’s Conference team her first year.
“It will be a hard, tough transition but it will be a lot of fun,” stated Alyssa.
Savannah Becker learned before the beginning of this school year that she was offered a scholarship to play softball at James Madison University in Virginia. Savannah is an all-around athlete, playing softball, field hockey and winter track at Milford High School. Becker has received the honor of first team all state for softball the past three years and played center field for the State Championship team in 2009 as a freshman.
“I am nervous,” stated Becker when asked about her thoughts on playing softball on the collegiate level. “It is going to be a completely different intensity level.”
Savannnah will be pursuing a speech pathology major as she attends James Madison University. With still one more year to play on the MHS softball team, Becker has her heart set on another State Championship win.
“I definitely want to make it back to the State Tournament,” commented Becker.
Athletic Director Glen Stevenson spoke about both athletes and their abilities at Monday’s event.
“Alyssa is an amazing athlete. When you look at her in the water it seems so natural and effortless. She will do very well at the University of Delaware.”
“Savannah is an unbelievable athlete. She can play any sport with great intensity and will do great things at James Madison University.”
Both girls will be fortunate enough next year to not only attend two great Universities but also play sports at the collegiate level. In August, Alyssa and Savannah will begin a journey that will determine their futures as students and as athletes.