For elite high school athletes, signing a national letter of intent (NLI) is a day to always remember.
On Feb. 6 high school senior and soccer talent Krysia Sikora, of the Archer School for Girls, is the first soccer player from Brentwood school to sign a NLI with an NCAA Division 1 program, specifically the Duke University Blue Devils in Durham, NC. The NLI is a binding agreement between a student-athlete and a college to attend and compete for said college.
Sikora penned her name on the dotted line on campus in the historic Parlor Room with Archer's head of school, upper school head, athletic staff and soccer coaches on hand. Sikora will line up as a collegiate student-athlete at Duke.
The three-time all-league player and two-time Archer soccer team most valuable player tore her ACL the opening game of this season, but wasted no time in rehabilitating and is months ahead of schedule. Duke was not deterred by the setback and know the driven midfielder will be ready to go by next season.
Sikora excels not only on the pitch, where she also competes in the USA Olympic Development Program, but in the classroom as well, where she holds a 4.11 grade point average. The 2011 Archer scholar-athlete of the year has also excelled in track for Archer, she was twice named MVP of the Delphic League.