Two St. Joseph’s Academy student-athletes signed national letters of intent on November 27 and will compete at the collegiate level next year. The signing ceremony was held in the school library.
Lauren Hendry will join the cross country and track and field teams at Louisiana State University, and Brooklynn Brock will play volleyball at Toccoa Falls College.
Hendry is the 2017 LHSAA 5A Cross Country state champion, the 2017 Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year for Louisiana and the Advocate’s 2017 Star of Stars for Girls Cross Country. She is the 2018 LHSAA Division I indoor state champion in the 3,200 meter run and the outdoor state champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs. She will be a four-year letter winner in both sports.
Hendry was joined at the signing ceremony by her parents, Brittney and Tre Hendry and sister Emma Claire. “It felt awesome to make it official today,” she said. “Signing those papers made me happy to finally be committed to LSU. The recruitment process was awesome, but I am so happy to have made a great decision. I am looking forward to being exposed to a lot more competition as a collegiate athlete along with the more intense training and my own improvement as a runner.”
Brock is a three-year member of the SJA volleyball team. She was named to the All-Academic Division I Team for Volleyball in 2018. She was joined at the ceremony by her parents, Russell and Kristi Brock.
“They were the most exciting papers I’ve ever written on,” she said. “I immediately got super excited after putting the pen down and am extremely excited to start this next chapter in my life. I am looking forward to getting to play the sport that I love even after high school. I am super excited to start playing volleyball with a new team and coaches and getting to continue being a student-athlete. I have absolutely loved being an athlete at SJA because of the community that surrounds us, so if college is anything like SJA, I know I will have some amazing memories ahead of me.”
WAFB and WBRZ covered the signing ceremony. The student-athletes were also supported by a large gathering of administrators, teammates, coaches, friends and faculty/staff members.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine