HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Wednesday morning more than 60 students from around the island of Oahu signed their names on the dotted line and started a new chapter in their story, putting pen to paper on their letter of intent in a celebration for national signing day.
Among the group were some of the state's top swimmers, basketball players, volleyball players, and soccer players. But, even more impressive than the group's athletic achievements are their academic accomplishments.
Among signees today are an Iolani swimmer heading to the United States Naval Academy, a Punahou volleyball player who next year will suit up for Johns Hopkins, and one of her Buffanblu teammates who's Harvard bound.
Punahou's Nicole Hada, became the first Hawaii volleyball player to sign with Johns Hopkins on Wednesday morning. Hada says she wants to use her athletic ability to also help realize her dreams after volleyball is over.
"Johns Hopkins is a medical research institute, that's what led me to attend there. I want to pursue medical studies in the future," said Hada who's strove for athletic and academic success throughout her life.
Her Buffanblu classmate, Sandra Zeng, the aforementioned future Crimson volleyball player, said she's excited to head to the east coast next year to begin her collegiate career. But, first, the standout defensive specialist/outside hitter is just focusing on enjoying the celebration that is Signing Day.
"Many of my friends have also signed and we've been friends since we were like 7 or kindergarten actually," said Zeng. "It's just been such a blessing to share these moments with them."
Here is the full list of kids that signed on Wednesday:
Aiea High School, Destyni Grace, Linfield College Volleyball
Aiea High School, Kobe Kato, University of Arizona Baseball
Aiea High School, Chantelle Shimabukuro, Pacific University Softball
Castle High School Teila Kapihe Gray's Harbor Volleyball
Castle High School Taylor-Ley Ilona Garan Columbia Basin College Soccer
Farrington High School Chantal Mailou Paris College Basketball
Farrington High School Molimau Heimuli Paris College in Paris Texas. Basketball
Farrington High School Chasity Wong Grays Harbor College Volleyball
Hawaii Technology Academy Josiah Haywood George Fox University Football
Iolani School Cagla Brennan United States Naval Academy Swimming
Iolani School Halia Hogan University of Oklahoma Volleyball
James Campbell High School Zoe Streadbeck Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott Softball
James Campbell High School Cieana Curran Hawaii Pacific University Softball
James Campbell High School Chasstiny Balagso-Baqui Central Washington University Softball
James Campbell High School Cheyla-Ann Valdez-Asato University of Antelope Valley Softball
Kaiser High School Hunter Yamanaka Chaminade University Honolulu Soccer
Kaiser high school Jeffrey Collins Saint Louis University Swimming
Kalaheo High School Giuliana Kala'i Irvine Casper College Volleyball
Kalani High School Ofeira-Laina Petaia Franklin Pierce University Volleyball
Kapolei High School Taylor Bell-Manibog Highline College Volleyball
Kapolei High School Garrison Lee Whatcom Community College Soccer
Kapolei High School Jayleen Abregana State College of Florida Volleyball
Kapolei High School Mario "Pono" Fatafehi-Segovia Chaffey College Football
Maryknoll High School Matthew Dunaway Saint Martin's University Baseball
Maryknoll High School Kamalei Labasan Edmonds Softball
Maryknoll High School Chayson Dulatre Saint Martin's University Baseball
Maryknoll High School Jian Mao University of Wisconsin-Madison Swimming
Maryknoll High School Qian Zhi Georgia Institute of Technology Swimming
Maryknoll High School Natasha McClendon Eastern New Mexico University Volleyball
Mid Pacific Institute Zion Shepherd University Of Puget Sound Basketball
Mid-Pacific Institute Jacen Kimura Augsburg College Basketball
Mililani High School Jake Lafata Judson University Volleyball
Mililani High School Rusty Kanoa Crowder Whatcom Community College Soccer
Mililani High School Kawika Zarko Whatcom Community College Soccer
Mililani High School Hope Carter Wayne State College, Nebraska Volleyball