National Signing Day at The John Cooper School

Cooper Athlete is First-Ever to Commit to Division I Softball
The John Cooper School Athletic Department held a signing ceremony on Wednesday, November 9 in the Dunlap Gymnasium to recognize senior Grace Minarovic who will be competing at the college level in the fall of 2023. Minarovic will play softball for Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. She will be the first Cooper athlete to play Division I softball.

Parents, faculty, coaches and teammates joined Athletic Director John Hoye to honor Minarovic.

“Grace is not only a great student and athlete, but a top character person that is an asset to any team she belongs to,” Hoye said. “Her mark on our softball program will last a long time.”

“It is amazing how our softball program has grown. When Grace joined our program in seventh grade, I knew she was something special from her work ethic-she was always in the gym, always on the field and in the cages honing her skills.” said Nicole Hedden, head coach for the school’s softball program.  “We are just here to guide and mentor and I am proud to be a part of her journey.” 

Minarovic is a Cooper pioneer, meaning she has been a part of the Cooper community since kindergarten.

From Curiosity to Wisdom
The John Cooper School is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory day school. Our mission is to provide a challenging education in a caring environment to a diverse group of select students, enabling them to become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifetime learners.

The John Cooper School seeks to attract qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds to its faculty, staff, and student body. The School does not discriminate against any individual in admissions, educational programs, personnel policies, general practices, or employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, physical disability, or age.