Parade can't eclipse signing day thunder at Federal Way High

Staff writerFebruary 5, 2014 

Federal Way High School seniors Jay-Tee Tiuli, left, and Keenan Curran signed their letters of intent Wednesday. Giuliani will play football at Eastern Washington University, and Curran will play at the Air Force Academy.

TODD MILLES — Staff writer

Signing day brings about a marvelous amount of energy and relief.

But Federal Way High School's Keenan Curran had an idea another extraordinary force would impact his national letter of intent ceremony Wednesday – an all-call parade in downtown Seattle celebrating the Seattle Seahawks after their Super Bowl victory.

“We have 60 students in my first-period class,” Curran said, "and today, there were six."

As planned, the Eagles went through with their ceremony in the cafeteria Wednesday, honoring their five signees.

Curran, the highest-profile athlete of the bunch as a News Tribune All-Area and all-state football safety, signed with Air Force Academy. Teammate Jay-Tee Tiuli is headed to Eastern Washington.

Three-time state champion girls swimmer Kenna Ramey signed with Pacific, track standout Hannah Cunliffe is headed to Oklahoma and boys soccer player Ben Willis signed with Gonzaga.

None seemed to mind that the school lunchroom wasn’t filled to the brim with students and staff.

“I am happy to be here,” Ramey said. “It’s still going to be fun no matter if the school is busy or not.”

Curran certainly took it all in, greeting friends with a warm smile, and constantly hugging his family.

The Eagles’ quarterback and safety initially gave an oral commitment to San Jose State in early January. Two weeks later after his recruiting trip to Colorado Springs, Colo., he reversed field and chose Air Force.

“It is a long process, and at first it is the most amazing thing because you realize all the opportunities you are getting,” Curran said. “But it is stressful. Some kind of complain about, and that was something I tried to stay away from.”

Curran will report for basic training in Colorado Springs this summer, then enter the United States Air Force Preparatory Academy as part of a class of 65.

It serves almost as a redshirt season, even though the prep-academy team will play games against national junior colleges.

“Right when I am done with the season, I will start training with the guys at the Air Force,” Curran said.

A team captain as a senior, Curran has such a dynamic personality, it isn’t difficult to see why he is headed off to a military academy.

“I feel like I am a pretty disciplined person,” Curran said. “People always talk about, ‘You are going to get yelled at, it’s going to be hard, there is going to be basic training’ – those are things part of me looks forward to. You’ve got to be disciplined in life. There are going to be times when people are going to yell at you and times you are not always comfortable with your situation, and you have to adapt.”

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