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February 8, 2013

Charger Athletes Make College Commitments

by Lindsey Taylor

Last Wednesday Centennial High school got to watch four amazing athletes sign to play their sport at the college level. Luke Vaughn signed for track and field at Ole Miss, Dustin Walls signed for football at McKendree University, Fletcher Evans signed for football at Southeast Missouri State, and Terrell Neal-Beard signed for football at Robert Morris University. The Centinal got the chance to ask these four athletes questions about what they’re looking forward to in college, and to reflect on their high school experiences.

Luke Vaughn

The Centinal: What are you looking forward to in college?

Vaughn: I’m looking forward to traveling around the country for meets and living in Mississippi where it’s warm all year round.

The Centinal: Why did you decide to pick Ole Miss?

Vaughn: I asked the Southern coach what the top track schools in the nation were and he told me Nebraska, Iowa,Louisville, and Ole Miss. Ole Miss was the best by far. Ole Miss has a beautiful campus and really nice facilities. The Ole Miss coach has won four national championships and has been runner up in the nation four times so there is a good chance that we will win a national championship while I am down there.

The Centinal: What goals and records do you hold here at Centennial?
Vaughn:  I was a couple inches away from the shot put record last year, I have the school record for discus and I should break the school shot put record by close to 10 feet this year. I have set records at a couple meets last year. My goal this year is to win state in shot put and discus and set the state record in both.

The Centinal: What are you majoring in?
Vaughn: I think i’m going to major in business management or accounting.

The Centinal: What is your favorite memory during track season?
Vaughn: Setting the school record.

The Centinal: What is your favorite memory during high school?
Vaughn: Dressing up for Halloween.

Dustin Walls


The Centinal: What are you looking forward to in college?
Walls: I’m looking forward to coming in and making an impact on the team right away.

The Centinal: Why did you decide to pick McKendree University?
Walls: Because i really like the campus they have my major and they offered me a scholarship.

The Centinal: What goals and records do you hold here at Centennial?
Walls: I’m 9th for all time receiving yards in Centennial history.

The Centinal: What are you majoring in?
Walls: Athletic training/Physical therapy.

The Centinal: What was your favorite memory from football season?
Walls: Scoring my first touch down on varsity.

Fletcher Evans


The Centinal: What are you looking forward to in college?
Evans: Getting to play Ole Miss the first game. I’ve always wanted to play against a SEC team.

The Centinal: Why did you pick Southeast Missouri State?
Evans: They have the degree I want to study (Agriculture) and I’ll have a chance to compete for a starting spot.
The Centinal: What goals and records do you hold here at Centennial?
Evans: I had a 70 yard punt against Danville.

The Centinal: What are you majoring in?
Evans: The whole agriculture field pretty much.

The Centinal: What was your favorite memory from football season?
Evans: Scoring a touchdown against Normal Community.

Terrell Neal-Beard
The Centnial: What are you looking forward to in college?
Neal-Beard: Living downtown. Being able to live in Chicago.

The Centinal: Why did you pick Robert Morris University?
Neal-Beard: The coaches were really easy to talk to and understood my situation. Also because it’s a Christian college; I also fell in love with the facilities.

The Centinal: What goals and records do you hold here at Centennial?
Neal-Beard: I led the team in tackles for losses.

The Centinal: What is your favorite football memory?
Neal-Beard: When I drove Springfield’s center back to their quarter back.

The Centenial: What was your favorite high school memory?
Neal-Beard: My very first homecoming, freshman year.

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When you see these four guys walking around the school, make sure you take time to congratulate them on their amazing accomplishment.

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