South Forsyth’s Sarah Myers and West Forsyth’s Jenna Staiti were two of the 12 girls basketball players in Georgia nominated to participate in the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Games, announced Tuesday.
McDonald’s will name the official 24-player rosters during a selection show on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 10:30 p.m. The show will air live on ESPNU. Both the boys and girls games will be played at the United Center in Chicago on March 30, with the girls tipping off at 6:30 p.m.
On the night of their nomination, both Myers and Staiti led their respective high school teams to region victories. Myers scored 19 points as South improved to 11-4 and 8-0 in Region 6-AAAAAA play with a 60-42 win over North Forsyth, while Staiti scored 10 points in a win over Chattahoochee. West (10-3) also boasts an 8-0 region record.
After the games, both players made their announcements on Twitter.
“Blessed and honored to be nominated to play in the McDonald’s All-American game,” Myers posted shortly after her game ended. Staiti followed, calling the nomination a “dream come true!”
Both Myers and Staiti signed with the University of Maryland during the early signing period in November, helping the Terrapins’ head coach, Brenda Frese, reel in the top recruiting class in the nation, according to many major media outlets. All six of Maryland’s signees were nominated for the McDonald’s All-American teams, including Destiny Slocum (Mountain View, Idaho), Kaila Charles (Riverdale Baptist, Maryland), Blair Watson (Nutley, Maryland), and Stephanie Jones (Aberdeen, Maryland).
The other female athletes nominated from Georgia include Faustine Aifuwa (Dacula), Cairo Booker (Wesleyan), Erika Cassell (Holy Innocents), Zutorya Cook (Osborne), A’Tyanna Gaulden (Americus-Sumter), McKenna Lawrence (Evans), Dominique Oden (Marist), Yasmeen Ratliff (St. Francis), Kobi Thornton (Randolph-Clay) and Nausia Woolfolk (Peach County).
“We are very pleased with the nomination of 24 local players for the 2016 McDonald’s All American Games,” Orestes Rodriguez, president of the Greater Atlanta McDonald’s Operators Association, said in a press release. “These student athletes display remarkable dedication and commitment to the game, and they also set an amazing example by working hard during their time off the court by giving back to their schools and the community.”