Hailee Smith signs her letter of intent to attend Alfred State

Hailee Smith

Union Springs senior Hailee Smith has signed her letter of intent to play women’s softball, and study veterinary technology, at Alfred State College of Technology.

Choosing the right college was a big decision for Smith, as she was looking for the right fit both academically and athletically. Smith said she focused on finding a school that had a major in veterinary technology.

“Alfred State has a farm on campus where students can work with animals in a hands-on setting. And then when I met the coach, I knew it was where I belonged,” she said. “It’s very exciting because I worked hard to be able to play collegiately. It was just a big relief to find a place to go,” Smith said.

Smith, who always had many pets growing up, said she is interested in the caretaking of animals. A degree in veterinary technology would offer the opportunity to work in a lot of different settings, including in a zoo or in an animal rehabilitation facility.

As for being a softball pitcher, Smith is dedicated to her craft.

“You need to have a little niche for pitching, and for me it all kind of fell into place. Pitching is not something you can do once a month. It’s a full-time commitment,” Smith said.

Smith is excited for her upcoming senior season. Last year the team won the IAC League, but this year Smith wants to go further in sectionals.

“We have a younger team, so we have a lot of new talent coming up. I think it’s going to be a fun year,” Smith said.