Lakeside High School senior Jonathan Wilson wants to play soccer, get a good education and worship God.
In college, he'll get a chance to do all three.
Wilson was joined by his Lakeside soccer teammates, parents and coaches on Wednesday as he signed a scholarship to play soccer for Covenant College - a Christian college located in Lookout Mountain, Ga.
The 18-year-old will move into his dorm room in August and begin playing with a team that finished 2001 ranked 13th in the nation in the NAIA Division and whose 2001 entering freshman class averaged 1171 on the SAT.
The solid combination of academic and athletic excellence is the primary reason why Wilson chose Covenant College. He was one of six seniors on the Lakeside Soccer team to graduate in the top 10 percentile of the class.
"I think we all feel our education goes first before soccer," said Wilson, who added he would like to attend medical school. "It's hard to balance (sports and schoolwork), but I think we did a good job."
Jonathan's father, Walter Wilson, said the school will also give his son a chance to be around other students who have a commitment to the word of God.
"It's an opportunity to go to school with students who are more like-minded," Walter said.
Jonathan said he is excited about being able to continue his soccer career and is proud of what he accomplished at Lakeside. He was a four-year letterman in soccer and was the place kicker on the football team for three years.
During his prep career, the Panthers won four region soccer championships and advanced to the Class AAAA semifinals the past three seasons.
Recently, the forward/midfielder was named to the all-state senior team, something no other local player was able to do.
"It was a was pretty big honor because I was the only player from the Augusta area," he said.
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