Baldwin sets her sights on becoming a part of 'Ram fam'


DUDLEY — Erykah Baldwin has had a decorative career at Southern Wayne, including multiple top-three finishes in long jump and now she’ll have the chance to rack up more medals at Winston-Salem University.

Baldwin signed her national letter of intent to join the “Ram fam” May 15.

Baldwin is a two-sport athlete and along with being a member of the Southern Wayne JROTC, she has had a full plate-load throughout her time as a Saint. Though Baldwin said she was slammed with priorities, she still managed to make an impression on the people around her.

“It takes a real special individual to sacrifice as a young person to keep your priorities in order. Erykah’s not very vocal all the time, but in my mind, if any of our kids are following her lead then we know they are doing the right thing,” said coach Takisha Vann. “She’s been one of our main seniors. She’s very well respected throughout the school.”

“I’m proud of her for tapping into her potential, Erykah is extremely selfless and I think she struggled with believing her own hype and how good she actually was,” Vann stated.

Baldwin chose Winston-Salem State because of the “fit and the atmosphere,” she said. She is planning on studying criminal justice with the hopes of minoring in forensics.

“My dad has always told me to do something that I’m going to enjoy and I’ve always been interested in true crime so I’d love to see what that world is like,” Baldwin said.

“My time here has been pretty amazing and it has been exciting getting to sign in front of my family and my teammates,” Baldwin added. “I’m nervous about starting college, but my coaches have prepared me for this and they have always pushed me to do better and go harder so I’m determined to do well.”


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