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Nine student-athletes participate in National Signing Day 2024

Nine student-athletes participate in National Signing Day 2024
Christian Aleman-Rodriguez

Del Valle ISD celebrated a handful of student-athletes who participated in National Signing Day 2024 as they committeded to compete in their sport at the collegiate level after graduation.

Years of hard work and dedication have led these students to this milestone in their lives. Surrounded by family, friends, teammates, coaches, and many others, the student-athletes celebrated the massive accomplishment as each one of them signed their letter of intent and locked in their school choice.

DVISD Athletic Director Silvia Salinas congratulated the student-athletes, encouraging them to continue persevering as they enter the next stage of their lives. 

"National Signing Day is very special for athletes and here at DVISD. I commend them and am happy that nine student-athletes committed today,” she said. “Being a student-athlete is like having two jobs. You have to take care of work in the classroom, and then you also have an after-school job where you're putting work in on holidays, weekends, along with blood, sweat, and tears into perfecting the craft. I’m excited that we’re celebrating them for their hard work and seeing it pay off, so it’s really special to see.”

Here is a look at where our Cardinals are headed:

  • Tiffany Sanchez, Sam Houston State University, softball
  • James Butler, University of the Incarnate Word, cross country
  • Stephen Ferguson, Sterling College, baseball
  • Jorden Rico, Adams State University, baseball
  • Steven Flores, Navarro Junior College, football 
  • Miles Jackson, Independence Junior College, football
  • Philip Mara, Independence Junior College, football 
  • Ethan Willrich, North American University, football

Congratulations to all the Cardinals who committed to playing sports at a higher level!

DVHS 2024 student-athlete signees take a photo with AD Silvia Salinas and coaches Todd Patmon and Jane Martin
Steven Flores takes a photo with his friends after signing to play football at Navarro Junior College
Steven Flores accepts a gift after signing to play football with Navarro Junior College
Senior Stephen Ferguson signs with Sterling College to play baseball
DVHS senior football player Ethan Willrich signs to play with North American University
DVHS senior football player Philip Mara poses for a photo after signing to play football with North American University
DVHS football player Miles Jackson poses for a photo with family after signing to play with Independence Junior College
Cross country runner James Butler poses with family and friends
Senior Jorden Rico poses with family after signing to play baseball with Adams State University
DVHS baseball player Jorden Rico signs letter of intent to play at Adams State University