Gladstone State High School duo Emily Tooker (left) and Christie Naumann
Gladstone State High School duo Emily Tooker (left) and Christie Naumann

Volleyballers sign US intent

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE GLITTERING tradition of the Gladstone State High's School of Excellence volleyball program added another chapter when Christie Naumann and Emily Tooker signed scholarships with United States colleges yesterday.

In the presence of principal Greg Dickman, the two Year 12 girls signed letters of intent which confirms they will attend college in 2006.

Tooker is off to Mississippi State University, while Naumann is going to Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania.

Both girls are excited at the prospect of going to the States where, as athletic scholarship holders, they will receive free tuition, board, lodgings and training gear.

School of Excellence head coach Brian van der Weide is rapt for the girls who will take the total to 14 of players from the program in America, while principal Greg Dickman is just as pleased.

"To have two of our students going to America on scholarships is fantastic, it is a tribute to Brian's program and the girls whose hard work has been rewarded,'' Dickman said.

But before the pair head off, there is one mission they are keen to complete ? winning the national title next month in Melbourne.

Van der Weide added the school was holding its trials for the 2006 team tomorrow at the Gladstone High Gymnasium, starting at 9am.



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