Raising the Bar

Senior plans to continue competing at collegiate level


Chloe Browning, Story Editor

As high school comes to an end many are saying goodbye to the sports they love. For senior Jessica Taylor it is just a new chapter. Taylor committed to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to continue her gymnastics career.

“I loved the size of the school — it gave me a very home-like feel as soon as I stepped onto the campus,” Taylor said. “After so many years of hard work it has all paid off.”

As she looks back on high school Taylor realizes how much she gave up to be at the gymnastics level she is.

“I have made many sacrifices for my sport such as missing school dances, not being able to go to football games, not being able to hang out with friends on the weekends and even having to miss school for meets,” Taylor said.

Although Taylor has missed out on many events, she looks forward to pursuing her sport at a collegiate level.

“I am excited to continue my training.” Taylor said. “Although this is going to be an adjustment I am ready to take on the challenge and continue doing what I love.”


Class of 2021 Commits

Leanne Wong University of Florida, Gymnastics

Jessica Taylor University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Gymnastics

Sukie Hernandez Pittsburg State University, Cheerleading

Olivia Sherlock Lynn University, Swim

Lexi Gunn Kansas Wesleyan University, Tennis

Dylan Arnold St. Olaf College, Track & Field

Tyler Didde Illinois State University, Track & Field

Bo Kinney University of Montana, Football

Clayton Power Northwest Missouri State University, Football

Dorian Stephens Butler County Community College, Football

Sterling Smithson Missouri State University, Football

Marissa Cunningham University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Softball

McKenna Cunningham University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Softball

Julia Carey Barton County Community College, Softball

Caroline Riffer Central Community College, Softball

Jenna Anderson Missouri State University, Soccer

Alaina Beer University of Central Missouri, Soccer

Hailey Palmer Texas Tech University, Soccer

Logan Clark Nebraska Wesleyan University, Soccer

Ben Elgas Rockhurst University, Golf

Sienna King Emporia State University, Volleyball

Emma Williams Washburn University, Volleyball

EK Lonergan Missouri Southern University, Volleyball

Gabbie O’Toole Middlebury College, Volleyball

Addyson Mock Johnson County Community College, Volleyball

Preston Giltner Johnson County Community College, Baseball

Chase Jans University of Kansas, Baseball

Jackson Nicklaus University of Oklahoma, Baseball

Tate Gillen Creighton University, Baseball

Luke Johnson Harding University, Baseball

Carson Liggett Louisville University, Baseball

Jack Tinberg Louisville University, Baseball

Jackson Hagen Pomona-Pitzer University, Baseball

Drew Sale Earlham College, Baseball

Jack Harris Allen County Community College, Baseball

Jake Hale Hesston College, Baseball

Ethan Reinert Doane University, Baseball