Wellington High School senior student-athlete Nicole Gumula has been offered a chance to continue her academic and athletic pursuits on the collegiate level at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Gumula, who has a 3.9 grade point average at Wellington High School, will be studying cyber security and playing softball.
Guilford College is a private liberal arts college and competes as an NCAA Division III institution, which only offers academic scholarships. While playing softball for the Quakers, Gumula hopes to play second base, shortstop or third base.
She feels that Guilford is a great fit for her. “Guilford has a great cyber security program, and I get to continue to play softball, so it’s a win-win for me,” said Gumula, who played three years of varsity softball at Wellington High School.
Charlie Gumula, Nicole’s father, is thrilled that his daughter gets to maintain the lifestyle of being a collegiate student-athlete.
“Nicole gets to attend a great college to get a great degree while playing softball, a sport she loves,” he said.
Gumula, who was a starting guard on the Wolverines girls varsity basketball team, is also interested in keeping her basketball playing career alive while at Guilford.
“If possible, I’d also like to look at joining the basketball team as a walk-on,” Gumula said. “We’ll see.”
Nicole Gumula will not be the only member of her family enrolled as a student-athlete at Guilford College. Her older sister Kayla is currently a junior at Guilford, where she plays outside back for the women’s varsity soccer team.