Five Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

On Friday, April 16, 2021, five senior student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent, which makes their commitment to compete at the collegiate level official.
Jessie Wiles '21 has been a Davidson Day student since 6th grade. She has evolved from a player who didn’t handle the ball or score much as a sophomore into being the team’s primary ball handler and a main
scoring option as a senior. As a 3-time State Champion, she has helped to set the bar incredibly high for future athletes and teams that follow. She will enroll at Bridgewater College and play basketball.

Davidson Day Head Coach, Sierra Simpson said: “Jessie will be leaving behind a great legacy here at Davidson Day. She is a competitor and an energy-giver, I am sure she will carry on those same characteristics to Bridgewater.”

Audrey Hanson '21 has been a Davidson Day School student since her sophomore year. A hardworking, multi-sport athlete, Audrey brings an incredible level of energy, effort, and enthusiasm to any team she is a part of. Audrey had a devastating injury two years ago. Watching her work to get herself back on the court and on the field was inspiring for us all to witness. She will play lacrosse for Benedictine University.

Her Lacrosse coaches Caitlin Barndt and Michelle Mullineaux said: “What has impressed us most about Audrey is her commitment to the team. A season ending injury is devastating to a player and often ends their careers... However, that was not the case for Audrey. Audrey's commitment to our team has been unwavering.”

Gab Strachan '21 and her family have been a part of the Davidson Day School community for numerous years. Though she left Davidson Day after 8th grade, we were elated to have her return for her senior year this year! Her energy, work ethic, enthusiasm, and leadership were a major reason for the volleyball team’s successful 10-3 record and State Quarterfinal appearance this year. Gab will attend Salve Regina University and play volleyball.
Head Coach Catherine Glass said the following about Gab: “Gab's desire to play volleyball at the next level has been a goal since middle school. She would come in before school and work out in the mornings,
determined to make her jump serve more consistent! Her work ethic and determination has landed her the opportunity to play at the next level. I am so proud of her, and can't wait to watch her play next fall!”

Although Juliana Park '21 has been a member of our Davidson Day community for just one year, her impact on this year’s girls’ basketball team was immeasurable. She will play basketball for Randolph-Macon College. 

Our Head Girls Basketball Coach, Sierra Simpson, said the following about Juliana: “I am excited for Juliana's decision to attend Randolph Macon. I know she will make a tremendous impact right away not only because of the player she is, but because of the leader and person that she is”.

Jaden Graham '21 has been a Davidson Day School student since 1st grade. A multi-sport athlete, Jaden has been an impactful member of any team she has been a part of. Her physical talent combined with her energy, effort, and enthusiasm make her an ideal teammate and leader. She has been a major contributor to the Girls Basketball program success, capturing 3 consecutive State Championships. Jaden will play basketball for Rochester Institute of Technology.

Head Coach Sierra Simpson said: “Jaden has made an incredible impact on this school and in our program! She is a leader that people love to follow. She is a winner, not only on the court but in life and I know that will take her incredibly far in her next chapter!”