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Southwest DeKalb athletes sign scholarships
by Maurice Dixon
May 14, 2014 01:44 PM | 3069 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Maurice Dixon<br>From left, Southwest DeKalb seniors Ayauna Ellis, Kelvin Wimbush and Kaylin Roman.
Staff / Maurice Dixon
From left, Southwest DeKalb seniors Ayauna Ellis, Kelvin Wimbush and Kaylin Roman.
On May 7, Southwest DeKalb seniors Kelvin Wimbush, Ayauna Ellis and Kaylin Roman all signed athletic scholarships to continue competing on the next level.

Wimbush will play baseball at Albany State while Ellis will play volleyball at Fort Valley State and Roman will play tennis at Johnson C. Smith.

“I’m just glad this wasn’t my last season,” Wimbush said. “I get to play one more game — four more years of baseball.”

“They have a wonderful pharmacy program and the volleyball team is just amazing and I wanted to take a part in it,” Ellis, a middle blocker, said about her choice.

While Ellis plans to major in chemistry, Roman will pursue a degree in physical therapy and Wimbush in sports medicine. All three student athletes will also graduate with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better.

This past season, Roman earned a 7-2 record as a singles player. She said her backhand is a strong part of her game as is her ability to slice the ball from the baseline.

“Tennis is a great game,” Roman said. “It teaches you a lot of life lessons.”

Wimbush pitched and played in the infield for the 13-11 Panthers this past season.

“I just love the game and playing defense,” Wimbush said.

A fan of Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, Wimbush was also named to the first team of the 2014 DeKalb County Dugout Club All-County Team.

“He came out of DeKalb County so I want to be the next person to come out of DeKalb County,” said Wimbush of Phillips, who graduated from Redan.

While Wimbush and Roman will have to wait until next spring to begin competing officially, Ellis, who also played for the Metro Volleyball Club, will step on the court in the fall.

“I’m looking forward to coming back to Southwest and giving back,” Ellis said. “Helping someone else do what I did or better.”

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