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ALYSIA JOHNSON Track and field; Hillside High School Committed to University of South Carolina “I miss getting ready for my races and having motivational talks before my runs. I miss seeing all my track friends at meets. I miss competing and being locked in at meets. My favorite memory was last year when I won the 400-meter for states, and then I came right back and won the 200-meter. That is a day I will never forget.”

DYVAI ROBINSON Football; track and field; Hillside High School Committed to St. Andrews University Dyvai’s best memories of his athletic career were of waking up on Saturday mornings for track meets and warming up with his teammates; he appreciates the support they had for one another. “You’re going to have some people in your life who don’t believe in [you]; just prove them wrong.”

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SKY MILLER Fencing; Durham School of the Arts Committed to Northwestern University “This season, I was able to qualify for [the] Senior World [Championships]. This meant I could travel to more countries and fence professional athletes, which was super cool. [I’ve] been fencing for nine years and plan on continuing to do so in college at a D1 level.”

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KEILAN STRADER Indoor/outdoor track and field; football; Southern School of Energy and Sustainability Committed to Livingstone College “I miss the coaches and the people in the crowd. My favorite sports memory was being asked to speak at my middle school, Research Triangle Charter Academy, to talk about my track accomplishments. I love track and football, but one day I would like to be in the Olympics. I was ranked top 50 in the state for all my track events. I’m looking forward to my collegiate experience.” PHOTO BY YOUR VISION PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAIT STUDIO

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JAMES “TREY” SHAW III Football; wrestling; track and field; Southern School of Energy and Sustainability Committed to North Carolina Wesleyan College “My favorite memory is the shutout defense I played with my fellow seniors this past season. [I’ll] miss singing the national anthem at games. Football and music are two [of my] passions.”

The coronavirus canceled or cut short the seasons of many student-athletes. A little more than 7% of high school athletes play a varsity sport in college, and less than 2% of high school athletes play at NCAA Division I schools. The Durham Sports Commission recently recognized a few of our city’s talented students, who shared their favorite sport memories:

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Durham Magazine June/July 2020  

Durham at Dawn | Readers' Favorites | Retirement

Durham Magazine June/July 2020  

Durham at Dawn | Readers' Favorites | Retirement

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