Joined by family and friends, Keystone High School seniors Shelby Fortune, Sydney Campbell, Autumn Acord, and Sydnie Jarrett signed letters of intent for college athletic scholarships.
Senior Shelby Fortune will play Division I softball next year as she committed to Akron University. Aiding in her success as a future college athlete and scholar, Shelby would like to recognize “All of my coaches, past and present, my teammates for helping me push myself, my parents for pouring so much money into travel softball, and Dudley for letting me come with him to Baldwin Wallace to hit in the cages there.” Shelby is “so very excited for this upcoming softball season, so I can potentially walk into my freshman year at Akron with two State titles under my belt.” Shelby will major in nursing at Akron and selected the University because of its beautiful campus, excellent nursing program, and stellar coaches.
Pitcher Sydney Campbell will continue her academic studies and athletic career at Oakland University in Michigan, where she will major in Elementary Education. Sydney states, “I chose Oakland because I loved the campus and the family environment on the team. Plus, I love how close to home it is.” Sydney credits her parents, coaches, teammates, and boyfriend for helping her succeed both athletically and academically. “Coach P, my parents, my friends, my pitching coaches, Dave and Amie Leffew, and Kenzie Conrad all helped me tremendously. They pushed me to be the best person I could be on and off the field and were always my biggest fans.”
Softball has been Autumn Acord’s favorite sport since she began playing 12 years ago. She will play the position of outfielder at Kent State University in the fall. Autumn chose Kent State because she “fell in love with the campus as soon as I stepped food on it. Kent felt like home.” At KSU, Autumn will major in Chemistry with a concentration in Pre-Med. Reflecting on her softball career, Autumn wants to recognize “my parents, Jim Piazza, Warren Wolf, Dave Blashinsky, and Larry Mercurio for all their help. If it wasn’t for them, I would have never excelled in softball that way I have, and I cannot thank them enough.”
Infielder and catcher Sydnie Jarrett speaks highly of her parents as she proudly signs a letter of commitment to continue playing softball at Notre Dame College in Ohio. “I would like to thank my mom and dad. They pushed me and never game me to option to give up. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.” At Notre Dame, Sydnie will major in Nursing and is excited to attend the college because of its educational programs, small size, and “like-home” atmosphere.
The Keystone community wishes Shelby Fortune, Sydney Campbell, Autumn Acord, and Sydnie Jarrett the best as they begin their college careers next fall.