On April 8, five senior Jaguar athletes from Falls Church High School signed to play sports at the college level.
Katie Hulette, a softball player, will be continuing her academic and athletic career at Catholic University. She has received an academic scholarship thanks to her 3.8 GPA, work through her AP and honors classes, and talent on the field playing first and third base.
Nick Santos, a baseball player, has received an academic scholarship to cover 90 percent of his expenses at Capital University in Ohio thanks to his work in the classroom which has earned him a 4.25 GPA. A middle infielder for the Jaguars, Santos was recruited as a utility player for the Crusaders where his speed around the bases and abilities as a switch hitter will be used.
David Mathis, a baseball player, is moving on to Shenandoah University where he will major in accounting and continue playing as a utility player for the Hornets. The switch hitter is a powerful presence in the batter’s box and looks to continue his offensive presence as he drives in RBIs at the college level.
Erin Nunan, a track and field and cross country athlete, has been accepted to Arkansas State where she will be studying animal science and will continue her athletic career. Nunan has been a standout in both long distance runs and distance medley races in which she has set school records. While in high school, Nunan has been a state qualifier in the 4×8 and 1000m. She was the Conference 13 champion for the 1000m. Her best in the half mile was 2:20, putting her on course to break the school record this spring. Beyond her athletic talent, Nunan has achieved academic success (maintaining over a 3.9 GPA and qualifying for a Beyond Borders scholarship program) and volunteered in her community with the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation.
Emily Grabauskas, a track and field and cross country athlete, is going on to Denison University in Ohio. Grabauskas has an incredible school record in distance medley races and is on track to break additional school records this spring. Her mile time (5:20) is just two seconds shy of setting a new record at FCHS. Her abilities also got her qualified for the 5A State Track Meet. Grabauskas will be majoring in education and has received a $22,000 merit scholarship thanks to her academic efforts which can be seen by her 4.0+ GPA.