Juliana Castro is going from Nighthawk to Riverhawk.
The prep wrestler signed an academic scholarship to attend Umpqua College when she leaves Natomas High, two schools with hawks as mascots.
“Low-key nervous, but happy,” Castro said of signing her college letter of intent at a brief campus signing ceremony today (Feb. 7) before friends and family.
Castro is an honor roll student, a two-time league champion in her weight class, and a Nighthawk team captain this year. She also runs cross country and plays softball for Natomas High.
“She’s a hard worker, great at technique, she has a good attitude toward wrestling, and she’s always had the drive to be successful,” said Jeremy Arsich, Nighthawk wrestling coach.
Castro chose to stay on the West Coast for college, choosing Umpqua of Oregon over MacMurray College of Illinois. She plans to study for a career in nursing.
Castro’s father and mother, Jessica and Joe Cornejo, said they are very proud and excited for their daughter.
“Happy that she decided to stay close to her mother,” Joe Cornejo said, smiling.
Ironically, Castro signed her college letter of intent on National Girls and Women in Sports Day, celebrating extraordinary achievements by female athletes and honoring the positive influence that athletic participation brings to their lives.