February 15, 2014
Gallia Academy track standout Hannah Watts singed her letter of intent Wednesday at Gallia Academy High School to join the Hillsdale Track and Field team. Watts has competed in the state track meet in the 400m dash each of her three seasons and will be looking to make it 4-for-4 this upcoming season. “I have to say I wasn’t one of the seniors who was trying to speed up senior year,” Hannah Watts said. “I wasn’t super excited about going to college but when I visited Hillsdale I realized it’s somewhere I could be and see myself advancing academically and with the track team. I really look forward to it and I’m really proud that I can take that step and picture myself somewhere like that, because before I couldn’t do that.” Watts is currently tied at the top of the 2014 class academically with a 4.15 grade point average. “Coaching Hannah has been an absolute delight,” Blue Angles track coach Todd May said. “She’s been a multiple-time captain and this year in cross-country she really came into her own and we’re excited about track. We’re gonna hate to see her go but we know that she’s going to be able to travel somewhere, go to a good college, get a good education and be competitive in track.” Hannah sends out special thank yous to her parents, Coach May, Coach Close, Coach Hall, Mr.Simms, Mr. Neal, Mr. Donley, Mr. Mace, and God. “There are a lot of good people here, from the teacher’s aides to the administration and everyone in between,” Hannah said. “I know there are people here at Gallia Academy that want to see me succeed and they ask me frequently how things are going, what are you doing this weekend, or where are you racing. I really appreciate that someone has taken time apart from their own time to inquire how things are going.” Pictured, sitting from left are Hannah’s mother Betsy Watts, Hannah Watts, and Hannah’s father Dr. Randy Watts. Standing in back, from left, are GAHS assistant Principal Rob Neal, GAHS Principal Josh Donley, Blue Devil track coach Paul Close, GAHS assistant track coach Nate Hall, Blue Angel track coach Todd May and GAHS Athletic Director Brent Simms. Watts plans on majoring in pre-med with a minor in ministry at Hillsdale College.