Last week the Athletic Department of William Marion Raines High School celebrated Signing Day for their Track and Field athletes. The signing ceremony took place in the school’s auditorium and was attended by the students, families and friends. Four young men, Marques Darius (Virginia Union), Brian Oliver (Virginia Union), Jontue McDowell (Virginia Union), and Jemarruse Amos (Tennessee State), were eager to sign their letters of acceptance to Historically Black Colleges. The young men worked hard all year long to experience this moment of graduation and attending college. Master of Ceremony W. Earl Kitchings presented the “The Earl S. Kitchings Award” to Jamerrus Amos.
Amos. who is ranked 21st in the nation, has a 4.1 grade point average and ranks as the fifth-best 110-meter hurdler in the state.
“This is a very special day,: said Coach Steve Bellamy. “I asked them did they want to attend a school where the coaches look like me or if they wanted to be a fish in the ocean or a fish in a big pond. I did not push them to choose an HBCU, the HBCU’s chose them.”