By JOSH FRYE
News Sports Writer
Another Escambia County High School athlete will compete at the next level after Lady Blue Devils basketball star Jacala Nickson signed to play for Huntingdon College during an April 23 ceremony at the local school.
The 5-6 powerhouse forward and guard, who averaged more than 25 points per game this season, has been a leader on the hardwood and off for the ECHS girls.
“She is a passionate player,” ECHS principal Dennis Fuqua said. “She is a leader on and off the court and will be missed by all. Her passion for the game and her studies are something that have been incredible to witness, and she sets a high standard for herself.”
Nickson explained that Huntingdon does not offer athletic scholarships per se, but instead offered her a grant-in-aid to help pay for her studies and tuition.
“I am very excited,” Nickson said. “This is a great school and opportunity. I loved the campus and the programs that the institution offered, and I cannot wait for the opportunity to show what I can do.”
Nickson is planning on majoring in occupational therapy while at Huntingdon.
“I love sports, and this is the field of study that I have always dreamed of being able to have an opportunity within,” Nickson said. “I will miss ECHS and the people here who have helped in pushing me to be the best that I can be.”
Nickson stated that the ECHS staff has prodded her to always bring out her best.
“They have always made sure that my attitude stayed in check and that my studies were being done. I will miss everything,” she said.
Nickson’s long-term goal is to be a stand-up player and person. Her biggest influences have been her family and her coaches at ECHS.
As she walks along a new journey into her future, she is determined to represent her hometown and school with pride and positivity.