Three Woodberry Forest Sixth Formers Sign Letters of Intent

Three Woodberry Forest sixth formers signed letters of intent Wednesday to continue their athletic careers in college. Lee Dudley ‘18 of Richmond, Virginia. will attend the University of Virginia as a preferred walk-on and play long snapper on the football team. Khalid Thomas ‘18 of Youngsville, North Carolina will attend Harvard University and play wide receiver for the Crimson. Woodson Smith ‘18 of Martinsville, Virginia will attend Sewanee: The University of the South and play golf.

Athletic director Matt Blundin said the signing ceremony was an important milestone after years of practice and competition. “Woodberry is a rigorous experience for every student, so for these three guys to do so well academically while also competing at a high level is a great accomplishment,” he said.

Golf head coach Marc Hogan said his nickname for Woodson is “the closer,” because he could always count on Woodson to deliver the score needed to give Woodberry a victory. “But what I’m most proud of is his dedication in the classroom. He’s become a really strong student and is a great example of what we hope all students at Woodberry will be,” Mr. Hogan said.

Football head coach Scott Braswell noted the awards and accolades piled up by both Dudley and Thomas during their time at Woodberry. He said both were invaluable leaders during his first season as head coach. “I’m indebted to Khalid for the leadership he provided and the continuity he gave us,” Coach Braswell said. “And Lee was the same way. He was so welcoming to me personally.”

The three athletes were joined by their families, faculty, and fellow classmates at the signing ceremony held in Kenan Hall.
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