Twenty-four students sign national letter of intent

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Heritage has been known to produce star athletes year in and year out, those athletes continue their great successes on the field to whichever college they choose. This trend continued Wednesday, Feb. 6 as twenty-four student athletes signed their national letter of intent in front of fellow students, teammates, faculty and coaches. “This is a group that has had big injuries, moved from one school to another, and has learned to adapt,” Mrs. Karen Stearns, athletic director, said of the athletes before they each announced their decisions. “Every single one of them has achieved success; they have been persistent and truly amazing. It has been an honor to watch what they have done.”

Groups of athletes from various sports  took center stage and revealed the college they would be attending for their sport. The following list notes each of their decisions:

Dorian Jones – Football – University of Louisville
Gabriel Khandehrish – Football – Ave Maria University
Beau Johnson- Football – Georgia Southern
Damian Sutton- Football – University of Pikeville
Khiry Stubbs – Football – North Carolina Central University
Ryan Cabarcas – Baseball- University of Florida
Luis Castillo – Baseball – Indian River State College
Taylor Dobles – Women’s Soccer- Louisiana State University
Miranda Kopecki – Women’s Soccer – Lynn University
Elizabeth Matei – Women’s Soccer – Columbia University
Sydney Waiters – Women’s Soccer – Cornell University
Sylvie Prepetit – Women’s Soccer – American University
Marlee Fray  – Women’s Soccer –  University of Central Florida
Chloe Laureano – Women’s Soccer – Yale University
Katherine Rodriguez – Softball – Quinnipiac University
Janai Conklin – Softball – Georgia Southern University
Julia Grobman – Softball – Yale University
Amelia Saviskas – Softball – Lynn University
Jordyn Griffith – Softball – Columbia University
Paris Sharpe – Women’s Basketball – Rollins University
Benjamin Grossi – Men’s Soccer – Lafayette University
Kylie Marek – Women’s Lacrosse – Tusculum University
Alena Lindh – Women’s Golf – Washington University
Adamo DiTullio – Men’s Golf – Johnson & Wales University

“This is not the end; this is actually just the beginning,” Ms. Elise Blum said to the student-athletes after they signed their national letters of intent. “The goal isn’t signing; the goal is to be a student athlete. Part of perseverance is getting out of your comfort zone. You all pushed yourselves at some point, and I encourage you to take that with you both in the classroom and on the field.”

All photos taken by Joanne Haner

Sammy is a sophomore at American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla. and is entering his second year writing for the newsmagazine. Outside of composing various articles, Sammy works as the presentation coordinator for Black, Gold and Green and volunteers at numerous community service projects such as the David Posnack JCC. As a die-hard Miami Heat and Dolphins fan, he loves tuning in to/attending any game he can in addition to playing both sports in his free time.

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