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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
When aiming for scholarships, academics are still important

This is the time of the year when senior high school student athletes begin officially announcing the college that they intend to enroll in next fall. It's called the early National Letter of Intent signing period and this year it ran from Nov. 12-19. I recently saw a list of some of those early signers in the newspaper and, as expected, there were a large number of Howard County seniors listed in a wide variety of sports ranging from swimming to basketball to field hockey. And, from what I saw, those athletes had selected some pretty good colleges to attend the next four years. My hope, though, is that the decision to go to this or that school was based first on what that school...