Lincoln-Way Central High School volleyball players Jacqueline Langer (left) and Maria Brown, with Lincoln-Way Central volleyball coach Kathy Sulkowski, signed to continue their careers at the collegiate level at the New Lenox school. | Supplied photo
Updated: March 10, 2014 6:02AM
Lincoln-Way Central High School’s athletic department recently hosted a college signing day ceremony in the Knights Round Table Hall at the New Lenox school.
Lincoln-Way Central student-athletes Maria Brown and Jacqueline Langer participated in the National Letter of Intent ceremony.
Brown will play volleyball for Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
Her parents are Dale and Mary Brown from New Lenox, and her volleyball coach is Kathy Sulkowski.
“I have heard from other area coaches about how smart Maria is as a hitter with her shot selection and how dynamic and athletic she is,” Sulkowski said as she introduced Brown for the signing ceremony.
Brown said she intends to major in education and wants to become a high school teacher for either math or English.
“I really love the coach and the girls on the team at Eastern Illinois,” Brown said.
“I just had a gut feeling about the coach, team and the school, which is why I selected Eastern Illinois.”
Langer will play volleyball for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside next season.
Her parents are John and Patricia Langer, of Mokena, and her volleyball coach is also Sulkowski.
“Even as a freshman on varsity, the word that epitomized Jacqueline Langer was strength,” Sulkowski said as she introduced Langer.
“That strength helped her through the next four years as a starter and key player for the Knights as a right-side and outside hitter.”
Langer is planning on majoring in nursing at the university and noted that she likes both science and math.
“I chose the University of Wisconsin-Parkside because I really liked the coach,” Langer said.
“I just had such a great feeling when I visited the school. The coach is very supportive about my nursing major.”
“Congratulations to all of the parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents in attendance today,” Lincoln-Way Central athletic director Hud Venerable said to the crowd gathered for the ceremony.
“We thank you for the many sacrifices you made helping your children achieve excellence academically and athletically.
“I wish to thank your coaches for their outstanding leadership and support of these student-athletes.”