By ROBERT DRIGGERS
Colleton County High School Athletic Department hosted a National Letter of Intent signing day for two athletes at the performing arts center at the high school last week. Jordan Slocum and Makayla Chisolm signed softball scholarships to North Greenville College and to South Carolina State University. Both of the girls earned their scholarships through hard work on the field and off the field. They were both model students who worked hard and a desire and determination to get better at their sport. Both girls are also involved in other sports and excel in those as well.
Makayla Chisolm is the daughter of Betty and Michael Chisolm of Cottageville. Makayla is a 5 year letter winner and 5 years named as all-region. Primarily a third baseman, she has the ability to play several positions on the field.
Chisolm said she choose S.C. State for their strong engineering program and the coaches, players and the environment just felt right to her. “It just felt right for me to be in this location with the coaches and all the players that I got to meet. I plan on majoring in engineering so their program was a big plus for me,” stated Chisolm.
CCHS Coach Tootie Edwards said,’ Makayla was one of the most dedicated players she has ever coached. She is a leader on and off the field always pushing the other players through example and hard work. I sure am happy she was on our team,”
In addition to playing softball, Makayla is a starter on the basketball team and runs track.
Jordan Slocum is the daughter of Christie and Jeff Slocum of Walterboro. Jordan has been playing softball since elementary school. Slocum has developed into an outstanding catcher and plans on playing that position in college. Slocum said she chose North Greenville because of the Christian environment she experienced while visiting he school. “They have a good biology department and I hope to be a physician assistant specializing in dermatology,” said Slocum.
CCHS Coach Edwards describes Slocum as a motivator and pushes other girls on the team. “She is playing the most important position on the team. She has worked hard and understands the game so well that we allow her to call the pitches for the pitcher, “stated Edwards.
In addition to playing softball, Slocum had been a mainstay with CCHS volleyball team for several years.