Waller High School (WHS) celebrated seven athletes who signed letters of intent with their chosen schools. Family, friends, and teachers gathered to watch each athlete sign and give words of encouragement for the future. Congratulations to Jalon Duncan, Victor Hall, Brandon Lopez-Romero, Camden Martin, Caleb Martinez, Sandro Quintanilla, Aaron Ramos, and Jamari Thompson.
“For many of them, this is a game-changer for their families,” WHS Athletic Coordinator Gene Johnson said. “I want them to remember to stay the course even when things get hard and that they will always represent Waller.”
Jalon Duncan signed to play basketball at Fisk University in Tennessee. Duncan began playing basketball at 4 years old and quickly fell in love with the game. He moved to Waller ISD (WISD) for his junior and senior years of high school and has been a two-year All-District athlete. Duncan chose Fisk University because of the coaches, basketball program, and the culture of the campus. He plans to study mechanical engineering. Duncan will most miss his team and teachers, especially Karman Berry who he visits each day.
“I’m extremely excited for Jalon, this is a big step for our basketball program,” Head Basketball Coach Earl Claiborne said. “He is setting the bar right now for our other players.”
Victor Hall signed to play football for the College of St. Scholastica. Hall was officially given the opportunity to play for the college when coaches from the school traveled from Minnesota for a home visit. Hall began to play football at the age of 5 but has also played soccer, basketball, and track.
Brandon Lopez-Romero will be playing soccer at Hill College. The opportunity was introduced after a friend, who plays for Hill College, invited Lopez to practice with the team. After watching him play, the coach immediately offered Lopez the chance to play for Hill. Lopez has been playing soccer since the age of five and was a varsity player all four years of high school and an All-District recipient. He plans to study computer science or gaming design.
Camden Martin signed to play football at Texas Wesleyan University. Martin has played since he was six years old and was surprised about receiving the offer but is ready for the next step. His family is excited for the opportunity to continue his academic and athletic career while staying close by. Martin plans to study physical therapy because it is a subject that deals with sports.
Caleb Martinez is ready and anxious to also play football for Texas Wesleyan University. Martinez has been playing football since he was eight years old and loved the sport due to the hard work and the family that comes together. He has attended WISD his entire academic career and will be the first in his family to attend a university. Martinez chose Texas Wesleyan because of the closeness to home and their criminal justice program. He hopes to become a police officer and return to serve the Waller area.
Sandro Quintanilla will play football at Elmhurst University in Illinois. While receiving other offers, Quintanilla chose Elmhurst because of the campus atmosphere and its closer proximity to home compared to other schools. While the distance is still far, Quintanilla is looking forward to having new experiences. Having been in Waller his whole life, he only began playing football this past year. Quintanilla plans to study cybersecurity or health science technology because of his deep interest in technology.
Jamari Thompson also signed with the College of St. Scholastica to play football. He learned about the opportunity after Scholastica’s Coach Crower reached out. Thompson has been playing football from a young age and came to WISD in the fourth grade. He plans to study engineering in college due to his affinity for math. While excited, Thompson will miss his friend and is most concerned about the cold weather in Minnesota.
“As they begin this journey, they need to remember to stay focused, stay determined, and follow their dreams,” Principal Stephanie Fletcher said. “They are always welcome to come home to Waller High School.”