Gymnast Not Included

February 9, 2018

Last week, Joniah Howell, a high school student and gymnast at Midway High School in Waco, Texas, was barred from the school's letter of intent signing ceremony due to not being involved in a school sport.

According to KWTX, Howell had received a partial scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College for gymnastics and tumbling, and receives physical education credit for the sport at Midway High School. She expressed disappointment with the decision, because she “wanted to show all of the people that (she) grew up with what (she is) doing after high school,” like some of her friends did.

“Last year three of my friends got to sign with acrobatic and tumbling and one with gymnastics participated," Howell said. "I went to watch them and support them. I was excited this year to get to sign in front of my peers for acrobatics and tumbling, but Midway said I could not sign because I was not doing one of the sports at their school."

Brad Shelton, Athletics Director for Midway, declined a request for an interview, but emailed a statement to KWTX.

"The Midway High School Athletics Signing Day Ceremony is designed to honor students involved in Midway High School athletics,” he wrote in the statement. “Students who are involved in non-school related and/or non-school sponsored athletics, physical education, and/or extracurricular activities do not participate in the Midway Athletics Signing Day Ceremony.”

On Friday, Howell was able to sign her letter of intent on “News 10 This Morning,” with thousands of viewers watching

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