Montwood trainers get D-1 scholarships to Texas Tech
El Paso athletes sign college scholarship offers all the time, but what happened at Montwood High School Wednesday afternoon was a little different.
Daniela Palacios and Jered Hanley signed with Division-One Texas Tech University on athletic training scholarships.
"Most people don't even know there is such a thing," Palacios says. "I'm really excited to see what it is going to be like being a student trainer at a Division-One school."
"It feels good knowing you don't always have to be the football or basketball player to get a scholarship," says Hanley.
Palacios came out in first place at the Sun City Athletic Trainers Association competition in 2016-2017 and placed 53 out of 3,500 students in the National AACI Sports Medicine Competition. In 2017-2018, she placed 3rd at the Team Skills AACI National Sports Medicine Competition and was named to the Greater El Paso Senior Showcase All-Star Selection for Student Trainer.
Hanley also came out in first place at the Sun City Athletic Trainer Association Competition and the West Texas Sports Medicine Competition in 2016-2017. He placed 21st in the AACI National Sports Medicine Competition. In 2017-2018, he also was named to the Greater El Paso Senior Showcase All-Star Selection for Student Trainer, placed 16th in the California State Sports Medicine Competition, and second in the West Texas contest.