GAITHERSBURG – A pair of senior student-athletes from Gaithersburg High School signed letters of intent on Wednesday during National Signing Day.
Jaime Montgomery, a women’s soccer standout, and Kamonte Carter, a football star, put pen to paper and made their college commitments official on Wednesday morning.
Montgomery, a forward, signed to play women’s soccer at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Carter, a defensive end, signed to play college football at Penn State.
“In order to take it to the next level you have to be a student first,” said Gaithersburg Principal Dr. Christine Handy-Collins. “We wish you only the best at the next level and we want you to always remember that you are a student first.”
Both student-athletes thanked the support they received from their parents, coaches and the school administration including Handy-Collins and Athletic Director Jason Woodward.
“You guys helped me get to this point so thank you so much,” said Montgomery, who said she also plans to join the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s lacrosse program as a walk-on next year.
According to Montgomery, women’s lacrosse already exists as a club sport at PBAU but the Sailfish are expected to establish a varsity program within the next year.
Montgomery said the school’s location in Florida was an ideal situation for her. Palm Beach Atlantic University is located in West Palm Beach.
“I really like the coach and they’re also letting me play lacrosse there too,” said Montgomery.
Meanwhile, Carter became the latest Gaithersburg football product to accept a Division I scholarship. Last year, former Gaithersburg running back Solomon Vault signed with Northwestern.
Like Vault, Carter will play major college football in the Big Ten Conference against the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and others.
“It’s big time ball,” said Carter. “I can’t wait.”