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TEXARKANA, Texas — Liberty-Eylau held a spring signing ceremony on their campus Wednesday for five Leopard athletes.

Danielle Thomas signed a Division 1 national letter of intent to Tarleton State University, in Tarleton, Texas, joining the Lady Texan track team.

"It's a great feeling because I'm seeing all my hardwork paying off," Thomas said. "My mom has played a big role in my career. She's always motivated me to do and be better.

"I plan to major in biology and become a OB-GYN. I just feel like everything happened for a reason. The coach that recruited me was actually at our last track meet. I feel like how everything played out, it was God and my hard work. "

Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas plucked two Leopards for their men's and women's golf team.

Shawn Gunderson and Taylor Williams, both inked with Sterling, joining the Warriors.

"It's an amazing feeling and I'm happy I have the opportunity to continue my education through golf," Williams said. "I think more people should play golf. A lot of people may not consider it a actual sport, per se, but to play golf and receive a scholarship is an amazing feeling."

"I'm the first person in my family to go to college, so it feels good," Gunderson sad. "Growing up, I always wanted to be a police officer but I received the opportunity to play golf in college. I plan to dedicate my college career to my grandfather. He's the person who taught me how to play, so I want to carry that on. I plan to major in criminal justice and I can't wait to get there. It's going to be emotional."

Eliyah Howard signed with State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri, joining the Lady Roadrunners basketball team.

"It means a lot to me," Howard said. "I've been dreaming of this day since I was 5 years old. I've worked really hard the past four years for this moment. I plan to major in psychology and hopefully, one day I'll be able to assist teens with mental illness.

"I've been dedicated since I was 5, so I'm glad it all worked out. I wanted to finish the year with my classmates but in the end, I'm glad I'm able to continue doing something that I love to do."

Daycoria Meadows signed with Ranger College in Ranger, Texas, joining the Lady Rangers volleyball team.

"Today means a lot to me and my family," Meadows said. "I've worked really hard to get to this point, so I'm excited some of the work is paying off. I plan join the nursing program. I love babies, so eventually I would love to become a pediatrician. I'll be at Ranger for two years and continue on from there.

"It's been hard not being in school. I've been trying to get all of my schoolwork done, but also trying to enjoy myself. I missed having the teachers push you but it hasn't been too hard."

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