May is a huge month, a transitional month in the lives of those about to graduate high school.
Washington High School senior Brooklyn Wilson, one of the school’s top students (she is No. 3 in her class of 165 with a grade point average of 3.8) has made one of the most important decisions to date in her young life, deciding to continue her education at Bethany College (located in Bethany, West Virginia).
Wilson will also be continuing her athletic career, signing a letter of intent Wednesday to be a member of the Swedes’ softball team.
The signing ceremony was held in the lobby of Washington High School, in front of the trophy case just outside the gymnasium.
Wilson caught some, but was primarily the left-fielder for the Lady Lions.
“I was originally looking at playing (Division III), whether it be in Ohio, West Virginia or Pennsylvania,” Wilson said. “I looked into Muskingum University and Washington and Jefferson College (in Pennsylvania). Both of their softball programs are very good.
“I was kind of over in that area,” Wilson said. “I looked at other colleges, too, not to play softball, like Ohio State and Miami University (Ohio). But, then, I decided after this season, just going throughout the season with my seniors and the rest of my teammates, I realized I wanted to continue playing on in college.”
Wilson knows the track she’s heading on, academically.
“I want to double-major in biology and chemistry,” Wilson said. “I’m going to study pre-dentistry, because I want to be a pediatric dentist.”
Wilson reflected on the last four years at Washington High School.
“It’s definitely been an experience to remember,” Wilson said. “I’ve grown as an individual and as a woman throughout life. I’ve just learned a lot through our athletics and our academics, especially. I just felt like it prepared me and helped me become who I am today.”
A couple of Wilson’s favorite classes at WHS, she said, were chemistry and calculus.
“She is a very good student-athlete,” Washington softball coach Randy Elzey said. “She has been a very solid lead-off hitter for us. We wish her the best of luck at Bethany.
“Brooklyn is a young lady who is prepared to succeed on whatever course her life takes her,” Elzey said.
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