During a ceremony Thursday at Columbus High School, four senior student athletes signed college scholarships. They are, from left, Tierra White, volleyball, University of West Georgia; Amanda Pate, softball, Emory University; Avery Hooper, softball, LaGrange College; Hannah Hutchens, cross country, Columbus State University.
During a ceremony Thursday at Columbus High School, four senior student athletes signed college scholarships. They are, from left, Tierra White, volleyball, University of West Georgia; Amanda Pate, softball, Emory University; Avery Hooper, softball, LaGrange College; Hannah Hutchens, cross country, Columbus State University. Courtesy of Chad Mathis
During a ceremony Thursday at Columbus High School, four senior student athletes signed college scholarships. They are, from left, Tierra White, volleyball, University of West Georgia; Amanda Pate, softball, Emory University; Avery Hooper, softball, LaGrange College; Hannah Hutchens, cross country, Columbus State University. Courtesy of Chad Mathis

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