MORROW — Elite Scholars Academy had a historic signing Wednesday, as senior Justyce King became the first person in school history to sign a full volleyball scholarship.
King did so with Fisk University, a Historically Black College and University located in Nashville, Tennessee. She said she had her sights set on attending an HBCU, and that Fisk became her choice for several different reasons.
“I came to choose Fisk University because I always wanted to attend an HBCU. It also helped that Fisk’s location was not too far and not too close, which would give me the chance to be close to home and still be independent,” King said. “Fisk also has a joint pre-med program with Meharry Medical College that I am interested in. The fact that I could play volleyball was a bonus.”
King visited Fisk before making her decision and came away impressed.
“On my visit to Fisk I was intrigued by the history of the campus,” she said. “The campus was not overwhelming, and the staff and students that I interacted with made me feel at home. I was also excited to meet and practice with my future teammates.”
Elite Scholars Academy was established in 2009. King will go down in history as the first member of the volleyball team to earn a college scholarship, an accomplishment she doesn’t take lightly.
“It feels great to know that I set goals for myself in my freshman year, not only athletically but academically, and was able to accomplish them before graduation,” she said. “I am excited to know that my name and my accomplishments will be forever a part of Elite Scholars Academy history.”