Seniors commit on winter signing day


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With the school’s second signing day of the year, many more seniors committed to pursue their athletic and academic careers at various colleges.

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, 16 seniors signed letters of commitment to continue their sport in college. The event took place before school in the Community Room.

The schools were from all three divisions, featuring commitments for football, swimming, softball, cross country, wrestling, lacrosse, rugby, and basketball.

It was National Signing Day for football, so six of the 16 committed athletes were from the football program. Garrett Oakey committed to Colgate University, Matt Bjorson committed to Indiana University, Aaron Antoniou committed to Valparaiso University, JT Kolke committed to Carnegie Mellon University, and Prescott Miller committed to Grinnell College.

“Playing Division I football has always been a dream of mine. My dream finally came true today, and I could not be more excited. It was an awesome experience to see my hard work in academics and in my sports have paid off. My past four years at Central have been great, and I’m excited for what’s to come,” Oakey said. 

Courtesy of Aaron Antoniou
Aaron Antoniou, senior, signs to play football at Valparaiso University.

Lacrosse had the second most commitments, with four athletes signing. Lally Johnson committed to University of Chicago, Amaris Hernandez committed to Benedictine University, Jayne Gelman committed to Kenyon College, and Cassie Kruse, who will be playing both basketball and lacrosse, committed to Augustana College.

“Finding the right place was pretty stressful, and I’m happy that I found a place that fits me. High School lacrosse was fun, and I’m excited for college,” Johnson said.

Next was swimming, which had two athletes. Stephanie Bowater committed to Washington University in St. Louis, and Helen Smith committed to Union College.

Other sports that had commitments are softball, cross country, rugby, and wrestling. Julia Chatterjee, softball player, committed to Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Neil Cumberland, cross country runner, committed to Washington University in St. Louis; Sophia Karris, rugby player, committed to Bowdoin College; and Liam Drury, wrestler, committed to New York University.

“Committing has laid off some of the pressure, but I am still going to train hard for track. Our track team has the potential to be really successful, and I want to contribute to that,” Cumberland said. “ I want to stay in shape and carry my momentum from track into college and impact the team at WashU.”

The next and final College Signing Day will be on Wednesday, April 11.