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Three Cambridge HS students sign letters of intent

Athletic Director Matt Lawless with seniors Tori Bentley, Cassi Lobaugh and Maggie Nugent and Principal Edward Spurka after the students signed acceptance letters to three separate universities. CAROLYN ASPENSON. (click for larger version)
November 20, 2012
MILTON, Ga. — Three Cambridge High School seniors celebrated their college signings Nov. 16.

Surrounded by their families and school officials, Cassi Lobaugh, Maggie Nugent and Tori Bentley signed letters of intent to different universities.

Cambridge Athletic Director Matt Lawless said he's proud of the students.

"We're honored these three young ladies will be representing Cambridge at their respective schools," Lawless said.

Lobaugh has received a full scholarship for rowing with Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"I picked Nova because their rowing program is excellent, and when I visited, I fell in love with the girls in the program," Lobaugh said.

Lobaugh has rowed with the Atlanta Junior Rowing Association (AJRA) since her sophomore year, and her team was undefeated in the spring of 2012.

Her team placed second in the Southeast regionals and 13th nationally.

Colleague Nugent also signed to row, but with the University of Alabama.

"Alabama is not the fastest team for rowing, but they're up and coming and I'm excited to be a part of history in the making for the school," Nugent said.

Nugent has rowed competitively for four years with the nationally ranked AJRA.

Bentley has received both athletic and academic scholarships from Kansas State University.

She will ride on their nationally ranked hunter seat equestrian team.

"I made the decision to attend Kansas State because of the coach," Bentley said. "She is hungry for a national championship and that is very motivating to me."

Bentley has ridden horses all of her life and trained with Sunny Stevens from Stevenhaven Stables, 19800 Birmingham Highway.

Principal Edward Spurka said he is glad Lobaugh, Nugent and Bentley chose to attend Cambridge.

"This is a better school because of these girls," Spurka said.

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