Badger's James with Golden (and Black) Opportunity

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Wednesday brought the first day of the early signing period for high school seniors to lock in the next step in their journey to college and one young woman to our east is not only getting the chance to play at the next level on a full ride scholarship, but also to serve her country.

Alexis James says when it feels right ... It just feels right.

"The moment I smelled the air at the school, I knew it was the school for me." (Alexis James, Signs with West Point)

And with that her heart was set on going half way across the country to West Point New York, hoping to play volleyball for the United States Military Academy.

"I got a feel of the campus, met some of the girls, had good conversations with the coaches and once I talked to the head coach and she offered me, I committed."

Wednesday afternoon she made it official, signing on the dotted line of her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball for the mules, but her opportunities there stretch far beyond the court.

"It's one of the only schools that can guarantee you a job after and also a salary that's high. Also I was given the opportunity to have medical school paid for. Plus being able to serve your country is one of the best honors you can get."

Meanwhile the athletic director in Bruni pulled double duty today, not only as the schools administrator but also as Alexis’s dad. He couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments on the court, but more importantly in the class and the example it sets for all the Badgers.

"It can be accomplished just through hard work and dedication and doing what they need to be doing academically in the classroom and everything will work out if they do their best in the classroom and on the field." (Odell James, Bruni AD/Alexis’s Dad)

As for Alexis, she already has the lingo down … "Go Army, beat Navy!"
Congrats again to James, her family and the Badgers on this honor. She plans to study kinesiology during her time at west point and as you heard has her eyes on medical school in the future.