Proviso East’s Cinia McCray Signs with North Carolina A&T State University
November 25, 2015 09:30 AM
Cinia McCray had many people to thank on November 18 as she formally signed her letter of intent to attend North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina, next year.
"I want to say thank you to everyone for accepting me," she said. "Everyone accepted me with open arms."
Cinia, a 5-foot-9 guard and a senior at Proviso East High School, signed her letter of intent at a special ceremony in the Proviso East social room with her parents, Mr. Terrill McCray and Mrs. Cina McCray, and friends, teammates, coaches, and others looking on. Along with being a regular on the honor roll, Cinia also has been a star on the Proviso East girls’ basketball team, averaging 17.6 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game as she helped lead the Lady Pirates to a 24-4 overall record during the 2014-2015 season.
With the good play on the basketball court and achievement in the classroom, Cinia was bound for college, said Dr. Brian Colbert, assistant principal for athletics and activities at Proviso East.
"At the end of the day, this is what good grades and hard work lead to," he said. "This is a dream come true for the player and her parents."
Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, said that he was proud of Cinia, his first college signing as Proviso East principal. He encouraged her to keep working hard and to remember those who came before her.
"You are just getting started," Dr. Hardy said. "There are people who gave their last breath so you could have that opportunity to walk on that campus with your head held high and say, ‘I belong here.’"
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that she was proud of Cinia, and that she wished well in her future endeavors.
"She has performed well both in the classroom and on the basketball court," she said. "She has set a great example we hope other students follow."
With college set, Cinia and the other members of the Proviso East girls’ basketball team still have this season to play, Dr. Colbert said.
"She’s still here," he said. "We still have unfinished business as a girls’ basketball team."
Congratulations, Cinia! Good luck!
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