Parents, teachers and fellow students turned out in force this morning to celebrate 23 Kent Denver seniors who officially announced their intention to continue their athletic careers at the college varsity level next fall.
Kent Denver's National Signing Day celebration recognized stellar student-athletes who achieved extraordinary success in baseball, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, tennis, rowing and volleyball."
"These students worked hard in our varsity athletic program to lead and excel," Upper School Division Head Eric Chandler said, during the event. "The invitations they received from colleges to participate in college-level athletics are achievements in and of themselves. We thank them for their many contributions to Kent Denver, and we also thank their coaches, their KDS teammates and their families for their unwavering support."
The following students announced both their college choice and sport today:
- Olivia Baglieri: Wesleyan University, field hockey
- Celestial Barrera-Lopez: Clarkson University, volleyball
- Ryan Bergner: Bryant University, lacrosse
- Emma Billings: Johns Hopkins University, soccer
- Willy Boatman: Northwestern University, football
- Sarah Dencker: University of Notre Dame, rowing
- Emma Domich: Columbia University, field hockey
- Oliver Jack: University of Colorado, golf
- Joshua McDonald: Washington and Lee University, football
- Charlie McKissick: Amherst College, football
- Lauren Murray: Washington and Lee University, lacrosse
- Timothy Saffold: Williams College, lacrosse
- Harrison Toll: Williams College, rowing
- Noah VanSickle: Union College, baseball
- Alex Wimer: Colorado College, tennis
- Rhys Zoldi: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, lacrosse
- Seven Lindsey: Denison University, football
The following outstanding student-athletes have not yet finalized their college decisions:
- Lukas Drexler-Bruce: lacrosse
- Matthew Romo-Nichols: football
- T.J. Love: football
- Mateo Manzanares: golf
- Jack Moldenhauer: tennis
- Quinn Voboril: football
"The group of students before us today represent themselves tremendously. They represent the school as ambassadors of Kent Denver and as great sportsmen and sportswomen. They've demonstrated great character," Athletic Director Scott Yates said during the celebration. "I like to think of athletics as that place in education where students have an opportunity to experience the gamut of emotions. One can be total elation; the other end of that spectrum can be despondence. It's how you deal with those emotions that defines character. That's what our athletic program is all about."