Deaton signs to play lacrosse for Belmont Abbey

Deaton signs to play lacrosse for Belmont Abbey
Posted on 02/08/2019

A strong student-athlete, Aaliyah Deaton, a senior at Hickory High, has been rewarded for her dedicated work ethic.  Deaton just signed to play women’s lacrosse for Belmont Abbey College, a historic college, located ten miles west of Charlotte.  In 2018, Belmont Abbey was selected as one of the “Best Southeastern Colleges” by The Princeton Review.

The recipient of both an academic and athletic scholarship, Deaton plans to major in Biology with a possible double-major in Biology and Psychology.

The daughter of Shawn Deaton and Marcie Jenkins, Aaliyah was joined by her grandmother, Nadine Jenkins, during the recent signing ceremony. She was also joined by her coaches, athletic director, trainer, English teacher, principal and several friends.

According to the head coach for the HHS women’s lacrosse, Jane “Bailey” Leonard, Aaliyah is a natural athlete.  “Her athletic abilities combined with her work ethic have helped mold Aaliyah into the lacrosse player she is, today; and I am extremely proud of her for taking her lacrosse career to the next level,” said Leonard.  Aaliyah is a team player and has continued to achieve big plays for us in high competition games.  I know she will be a great addition to the Belmont Abbey roster.”

Hickory High English teacher, Madison Yount, shared that Aaliyah is a vibrant, beautiful person. “She lights up every room with her radiant smile and infectious laugh. She is intelligent, dedicated, highly motivated, gregarious, and passionate. She leaves an impact on each person she meets. I have no doubt Aaliyah will impact Belmont Abbey just as she has impacted Hickory High School,” said Yount.

“I am thankful for the support from everyone,” said Deaton. “In particular, I thank Coach Bailey Leonard, as she is very inspirational. She is always encouraging us with the following words: ‘When you feel like you have reached your maximum efforts, you can still give about 30 percent more effort; so keep pushing!’”

Congratulations, Aaliyah Deaton!

 For more photos, visit the Hickory Public Schools Facebook page.
(post/photos by Beverly Snowden, HPS director of communications)

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