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18-year-old Emery Prentice is a student athlete, specializing in pole vault for Vandebilt Catholic High School in Houma. She is set to sign a letter of intent with Louisiana State University Track and Field on Monday, November 29th at Vandebilt Catholic High School.


Prentice’s mother Melanie Prentice says the possibility of being a part of a national championship team is what inspired the teen to commit to LSU. “She felt like LSU was a good fit for her because she wants to compete in the SEC, that was the most important thing for her, she knows the SEC is very competitive and immediately after we had to narrow down which SEC school she’d like and they were all great, but I think LSU felt more like home”


Prentice began participating in a plethora of athletic programs at the age of 13, joining her middle school soccer team, gymnastics, pole vaulting, and competitive cheerleading. In the 7th grade, Prentice competed on a national level winning the Junior AAU Olympics, in 2020 she earned the title of LSU’s outdoor state champion, she was named Barker Honda 2021 Athlete of the Week after placing first overall in the girls’ pole vault with a mark of 13 feet, 9 inches.


Melanie Prentice says the student athlete is reaping the benefits of the hard work, time, and dedication she’s given in the last two years. “She had a really great junior year, she worked hard to prove herself and everything she’s reaping right now is the result of her hard work.I just hope she continues to excel in college.”


Prentice picked Louisiana State University over offers from Alabama State University, Ole Miss, and University of Arkansas.