Sophia Tucker went through a lengthy process to land a scholarship with the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
The time and effort she put into getting there left her with a rewarding feeling Tuesday afternoon after signing a national letter of intent with the NCAA Division III school to run cross country and track.
“I’m really excited and fortunate to have everything paid for,” Tucker said. “I’m excited to have an opportunity not many female athletes get to get into. It’s a very competitive school to get into.”
That much is for sure. Tucker is headed to a New York school where the female population is only 15.5 percent. She needed professional nominations and had to complete essays along with meeting the academic requirements.
“I’d definitely say it was hard,” Tucker said. “But my family was definitely supportive and helped me get to this point.”
Tucker was one of six Navarre athletes who signed national letters of intent to play at the next level.
Defensive back Tommy Leggett and defensive end Anthony Miller will be teammates at Allan Hancock College in California while kicker Brady Hammel is headed to Shorter University in Georgia to play football.
Linebacker Marcus Jones will continue his football career at Bethany College in West Virginia and Khorri Newton will compete as a high jumper at the University of North Florida.
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