Roughly two dozen relatives, teammates, coaches and administrators convened in a Chamberlain High conference room Wednesday morning to recognize a fourth-generation Rattler and first-generation Ivy Leaguer.
Chiefs seniors Amber Fullwood and Lindsey Hagberg, both vital in their team's Class 7A state title run last spring, signed with Florida A&M and Harvard, respectively.
Technically, Hagberg didn't sign anything; Ivy League schools don't offer athletic scholarships. But the Chiefs four-year starting catcher has been asked to join the Crimson's program and is awaiting her formal letter of acceptance. She plans to study medicine in hopes of becoming a research doctor.
"I've been recruited by other schools, but Harvard was my No. 1," said Hagberg, whose weighted GPA (5.98) is even more astounding than her junior year batting average (.542). "It was my dream to go there."
For Fullwood, who earned the victory as a reliever in both state tournament games, FAMU represents not only a dream, but a destiny. Her 98-year-old great-grandmother and grandfather attended FAMU, as did her mom, Angela Fullwood.
Fullwood hit .326 for the Chiefs (27-7) last season. When ace Rachel Dwyer struggled in both state tournament games, Fullwood stepped in, allowing eight hits and six runs in 8.2 total innings.
Her great-aunt, Hillsborough County school board member Dorothea Edgecomb, was among those attending Wednesday's ceremony.
Pictured (front, L to R): Amber Fullwood, Lindsey Hagberg
Back (L to R): Angela Fullwood, Darrick Fullwood, Janie Hagberg