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Neligh-Oakdale senior Kasi Grosserode made it official on Wednesday afternoon and signed a national letter of intent with Concordia University.
In a ceremony at the high school, Grosserode signed to run track, cross country and enroll in the art program at Concordia.
Grosserode, who will graduate in May and is the daughter of Loren and Shelly Grosserode of Neligh, will take her talents to the Seward school after a great career for the Warrior cross country squad. A two-time state qualifier, she finished 27th at state as a sophomore and 66th as a junior. With conference and district just around the corner, she aims to return to state one final time.
Grosserode knew that she loved Concordia from the first day she stepped on campus.
"I've always thought Seward was a pretty town and then when I actually went to Concordia for a visit, I really just fell in love with the campus and all the people there," she explained.
Rick Eickholt, who has been Grosserode's cross country coach throughout high school, credits her work ethic for her success.
"She, obviously, is a dedicated young lady. She works hard to achieve at a very high level both academically and athletically. She's put in a lot of extra work over the summers for her cross country," he said. "What I've told the people at Concordia is that whatever she is as an athlete, she's double that for a person. She's just a great individual."
Mary Pfanstiel, who has been Grosserode's art teacher since kindergarten, is very proud of her student.
"I've had her for 13 years. It's an amazing knowledge knowing that she's going on into the area of art," Pfanstiel said.