Twenty-six student athletes from Lincoln-Way East High school are ready to take their skills to the college level.
“This is a
special day for us,” Lincoln-Way East Athletic Director Mark Vander Kooi told
the college-bound students who were joined in the Griffins Lair by their
parents, coaches and fellow teammates.
“This has been
a good year for East student athletes. A total of 38 students this 2013-2014 school year have been given
scholarships to compete in their sport at the next level,” Vander Kooi added.
ceremonies were held to accommodate the 26 student’s schedules for the Letter
of Intent signing ceremonies. Two were held on Wednesday, May 7; one before
school and one after school, and one was held on Thursday May 8 after school.
athletes have worked very hard to get where they’re at,” Vander Kooi stated.
“We congratulate them for earning this opportunity to compete at the college
athletes recognized on Wednesday morning before school for signing Letters of
Marcus Cosby, football, Iowa State Community College
Tyrone Suggs, football, Tennessee State University
Scott Kresal, football, Robert Morris University
Anthony Sciarini, football, Illinois Wesleyan University
Devin Stewart, football, Millikin University
Student athletes recognized on Wednesday after school for signing Letters of Intent were:
Sarah Esposito, softball, North Central College
Aaron Donald, baseball, South Suburban College
Kris Kirchhoff soccer, Dubuque University
Alan Hernandez, soccer, Millikin University
Meghan Marias, track and field, University of Michigan
Alexis Hyshaw, track and field, Northern Illinois University
Angelica Bravo, cross country, Millikin University
Tyler Kelly, golf, Spalding University
Tom Emola, tennis, Millikin University
East student athletes that were recognized on Thursday for signing Letters of Intent were:
Adam Abdallah, baseball, United States Air Force Academy
Matt Contey, golf, Moraine Valley Community College
Amanda Cosco, cheerleading, Illinois State University
Jessica Halyko, cheerleading, University of Iowa
Austin Jenig, soccer, Eastern Illinois University
Kaitlin McWatters, cheerleading, Illinois State University
Josh Phalen, volleyball, Grand Canyon University
Karoline Pirko, golf, Carroll University
Austin Royer, volleyball, St. Ambrose University
Mallory Stegmueller, soccer, St. Ambrose University
Nate Van Dellen, volleyball, Lindenwood University
Ryan Vorderer, volleyball, Lindenwood University
“We would like
to acknowledge our coaches who put in the dedication and effort for helping to
make this day possible for our student athletes. We of course thank our parents
for all their support of their students and all the time they dedicate to
helping their children succeed,” said Vander Kooi.
represent Lincoln-Way East with pride and honor in your college sports,” Vander
Kooi told the student athletes at the end of each program.
Pictured in photos, students are:
Wednesday, May 7, large group:
Front row, seated, left to right: Sarah Esposito, Aaron Donald, Kris Kirchhoff, and Alan Hernandez. (Standing, left to right) Meghan Marias, Angelica Bravo, Tyler Kelly, and Tom Emola.
Wednesday, May 7, small group:
Standing, left to right: Marcus Cosby, Tyrone Suggs; sitting, left to right; Scott Kresal, Anthony Sciarini, Devin Stewart. Student athletes are ready to take their skills to the college level
Thursday, May 8:
Seated, left to right: Austin Royer, Jessica Halyko, Kaitlin McWatters, Amanda Cosco, Austin Jenig, and Karoline Pirko. Students standing, left to right: Josh Phalen, Ryan Vorderer, Nate Van Dellen, Adam Abdallah, Matt Conte, and Karoline Pirko.