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Tar heel victory on national scale excites future students

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Senior Harrison Hill shows off his UNC shirt celebrating the tar heels' recent national championship victory. Hill, along with many other future tar heels, felt pride in having their future school win on a national scale.

Senior Harrison Hill shows off his UNC shirt celebrating the tar heels' recent national championship victory. Hill, along with many other future tar heels, felt pride in having their future school win on a national scale.

Senior Harrison Hill shows off his UNC shirt celebrating the tar heels' recent national championship victory. Hill, along with many other future tar heels, felt pride in having their future school win on a national scale.

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31 ACC regular season titles. 20 regular season championships. 18 ACC tournament titles. And six NCAA men’s college basketball national championships.

The men’s basketball team of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are no strangers to victory, and after a 71-65 win over Gonzaga in the final game of the 2017 NCAA tournament, the tar heels took home a national title for the sixth time.

“[The win] means a sixth banner, and it gives the whole program even more gusto and an even higher reputation,” senior Harrison Hill said.

As Northwest seniors finish up the final moments of their high school careers, the future tar heels in the crowd, such as Hill, reflect on their feeling of excitement about UNC’s most recent win.

“It was mostly a surreal moment,” senior Harrison Hill said. “It’s kind of indescribable. I was so ecstatic that I couldn’t formulate thoughts. I was at my house with my dad, aunt and one of my friends, and we were all jumping up and down screaming because Carolina had just won a national championship.”

Of course, the workload of a Monday night interfered with the game-watching of some students.

“My atmosphere wasn’t as hype as I would’ve liked because of homework but my mother was downstairs screaming every time a player took a step,” senior Layne Sossaman said. “So that definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and anxious about the outcome.”

For Hill and Sossaman, UNC fandom is all they’ve ever known.

“I’ve been a UNC fan all my life,” Sossaman said. “My mom went to Carolina and she converted my dad into a UNC fan, so I’ve grown up going to all of the football and basketball games, and when my brother ended up going to Carolina, I became an even bigger fan.”

Other students emerge from different fandoms, and allow their acceptance into UNC to boost their support of the school’s athletics.

“I’ve actually been a Duke fan all my life, but one of my sisters went to Chapel Hill, and after getting accepted I’ve been trying to get more into UNC athletics,” senior Alex Holmes said. “I was watching the game with my family and we mainly wanted UNC to win because they were representing the ACC, so we were just excited for the conference as a whole and even more excited since I could claim UNC as my ‘team’ now.”

So why go to UNC? For some students, the choice was simple.

“My mother attended Carolina and my brother recently graduated from there and I wanted to keep up the tradition from the start,” Sossaman said. “But after touring the campus and learning all about it, I fell in love and knew it’d be a good and comfortable setting for me.”

The tie of academics and athletics is what draws many students in.

“I chose UNC not only because of its great athletics, but mainly because of its renowned academic reputation and all the opportunities they offer in terms of career preparation,” Holmes said.

It’s not only the classrooms and courts of UNC that charm students, but the aesthetic and charm of the UNC campus and Chapel Hill engage students, as well.

“[I’m looking forward to] Chapel Hill in general,” Hill said. “It’s such a beautiful place.”

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