Fork Union Military Academy held a celebration Thursday morning for a number of college-bound athletes, including some local cadets.
A pair of Palmyra natives and Blue Devil prep football standouts will continue their careers in-state at the Division III level.
Linebacker David Wilson will attend Emory and Henry while lineman Joshua Hines is headed down to Newport News to play at Christopher Newport.
"This means I get more football. So that's a good thing. I'm finally signing off to go to college -- another good thing," Wilson explained. "This is a day every high school player dreams of. This is what everybody's going for. This is the next level."
"It means I'm on my way to college and sooner or later I'll be able to play football in college and have a great time," Hines said. "It's what every high school athlete dreams about if they want to play a sport. They want to go on and play in college and continue doing what they love. It's an amazing time and an amazing feeling."
Other Blue Devils from the area will also take the next step in their respective sport.
Troy Coleman is the only Fork Union baseball player heading off to college next season. he'll be down in Fayetteville, North Carolina at Methodist University.
"It's a great sense of accomplishment, knowing I'm the only player from the team going to play a college sport," Coleman said. "Just having Fork Union, it's a great feeling. They've been with me through it all, the ups and downs. There's nothing more that I could ask for."
Fork Union lacrosse captain Nate Jensen is headed north to Massachusetts Maritime Academy to play for the Buccaneers.
"It's what you work for. Put a lot of hours into the field, the weight room, the gym, to get to where you want to go," Jensen explained.
Meanwhile, Blue Devil swimmer Ian Milburn led Fork Union to back-to-back state championships. The Palmyra native will now swim off to Delaware.
"Yeah I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be hard, difficult but I think the great opportunity I have at college is just going to be great," Milburn said.