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Tournament to be held in honor of Jenna Sigety

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The fifth annual Volley for Jenna Volleyball Tournament will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20 in the arena starting at 10 a.m. and will go on until 1 p.m. The tournament is in memory of alumna Jenna Sigety who was a senior in varsity volleyball and Student Council when she passed away in a car accident the week before homecoming in 2007. 

“Our volleyball is putting it on [and] Student Council assists [and] it’s for a great cause; it’s for a great girl [who was a] great student here,” Student Council adviser Allison Stamey said. “It’s a fun activity to join in; even if you don’t have a team you can still come and pay the $10 and then join up with a team [because] every penny goes back into the scholarship for students.”

After five years of this tournament, many recipients have been awarded honorable scholarships including alumna Ryleigh Taylor who was awarded last year’s Lady Farmer Jenna Sigety Scholarship.

“Well, it’s grown [but] it’s pretty much the same thing,” Stamey said. “We’re trying to make it even bigger [so] the more people we have, the more tournaments we hold. There are three good reasons why they should take part: [to] earn money for her scholarship, [to have] fun together and also to support the school.”

After the tournament, five scholarships will be awarded to current students, the main one being the Lady Farmer Jenna Sigety Scholarship that is awarded to a current senior varsity volleyball player. Three will be Lewisville ISD Education Foundation scholarships and one will be a Valley Ridge LEF scholarship; these four are available to all students. The scholarship recipients will be chosen by Jenna Sigety’s parents.

“Really it’s basically up to the family as to whom they want to pick,” head volleyball coach Libby Rodriguez said. “[For the volleyball scholarship,] have to play volleyball, be a senior, be in good standing and basically [the players] write essays [to] provide [as if] they’d be applying [for] any other scholarship. [Then] they award her the scholarship, flowers and also provide [a] James Avery butterfly necklace which was Jenna’s favorite necklace she always wore at our volleyball banquet.”

For junior Jackson Perduyn, getting to play a volleyball tournament with close friends and having the chance to win a scholarship that is in Jenna’s name would be an honor especially since it is to raise awareness for what happened to her.

“They’re making something good happen from a bad situation and it’s spreading positivity and I think that’s pretty cool,” Perduyn said. “[It] creates opportunities for people who maybe aren’t as fortunate or as talented. Maybe they don’t have the money to go to school so they’re doing this to try to find an opportunity, and this tournament can help people that are in bad situations [and also] raise awareness for what happened.”

Senior varsity defensive player Brooke White believes people should participate because money will be raised for the scholarships which is a selfless act and it raises awareness for what happened to Sigety.

“She needs to be remembered, she dedicated a lot for the program and she was in varsity so it’s nice,” White said. “I think it’s also really cool her family stays involved in the community even though their daughter passed.”

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