One by one, coaches representing the seven athletes seated at a table in the North Forsyth High School cafeteria offered stories disclosing a little more insight into their journeys to Wednesday's milestone occasion.
Girls soccer coach Jason Steinberg spoke of forward Kristina Evans' goal to break the school's scoring record this season, and of Kat Fisher's mentorship of a young keeper pulled up from junior varsity during an injury-plagued portion of last season.
Swim and dive coach Tyler Martin spoke of Daniel Brisuda's heroic effort to uphold his commitment to compete on the team's relay at this past Saturday's state meet despite having the flu.
Football coach Robert Craft noted Clayton Bardall's dedication to the team after suffering a season-ending injury in just the second game this past season, rarely missing practices and team meetings.
As the coaches saw it, they were glimpses into the qualities that helped each earn athletic scholarships, which they signed Wednesday morning.
Some won't go far for their college careers. Evans and Fisher both signed with Shorter University in Rome. Carson Kemery signed with Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland.
Others are headed off. Bardall and Brisuda will both go to North Carolina -- Bardall to Western Carolina University, and Brisuda to Wingate University. Cade Jensen signed to play football at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky. Will Chavarria signed to play football at Malone University in Ohio.
Regardless, North Forsyth athletic director Scott Tilden reminded the athletes what he always does during these ceremonies.
"You will always have a home at North Forsyth," Tilden said.