Parkland Athletes Sign College Letters Of Intent
Student athletes honored at hour-long event.
With college fight songs playing, an elite group of student athletes at Parkland High School on Wednesday afternoon signed their Letters of Intent to participate in intercollegiate sports next year at the colleges of their choice.
Parkland Athletic Director Jeff Geisel said the 13 students on hand for the hour-long ceremony at Parkland High School represented less than 2 percent of the senior class, in that their academic scholarships to Division I and II schools are tied directly to their athletic participation.
Coaches highlighted the students' athletic abilities, then parents stood alongside the students as they signed their letters of intent. As each student signed, a short segment of their college's fight song was played.
Here are the student athletes who were honored:
* Monica Hagnauer will participate in track & field at the University of Maryland and will receive a partial scholarship. Her major is undecided.
She throws the shot put, and as a junior, won the District 11 shot put championship; came in second at the Lehigh Valley Conference; and this winter received third place at the Lehigh University Carnival Indoor Meet and first place at the Wallenpaupack Invitational.
Hagnauer was Homecoming Queen and president of the National Honor Society. She also played on the basketball team as a forward.
* Kurtis Kaunas will play lacrosse at Lehigh University on a partial scholarship. He hopes to enter the business field.
Kaunas won the silver medal at District his sophomore year. He is also a member of the Duke's Lacrosse Club, ranked number one by Inside Lacrosse magazine.
He is a member of the Key Club, English Honor Society, Spanish Club and the National Honor Society.
* Bryn Posch-Tafuri will play field hockey at the University of Delaware on a partial scholarship. She is undecided on a major.
Posch-Tafuri, on the Parkland field hockey team throughout high school, plays many positions in the sport. Her club team, the W.C. Eagles, won the tournament in Arizona at the National Field Hockey Festival; her club team also won a national indoor tournament in Virginia.
She is also a member of Parkland's track team, co-president of the Welcome Pack Club, president of the Spanish Club and a member of the Key Club. She manages the boys' club ice hockey team. Also, Posch-Tafuri was Homecoming Committee Chair of the high school's Student Council this year.
* Andrew Feldman will play golf at Drexell University on a 70 percent academic and athletic scholarship. He will study environmental engineering.
He played in every match from his freshman year through his senior year. He place fourth at the Regionals at Golden Oaks and 22nd at States during his senior year. He also won the Lehigh Valley Conference, and he was the top finisher at the Golf Association of the Lehigh Valley's end-of-the-year Men's Amateur event.
Also at Parkland, he is a member of the Spanish Honor Society.
* Ali Famili will play soccer at Lehigh University on a partial scholarship. He hopes to study industrial engineering.
Famili plays center midfield in soccer. He won districts with his team in his freshman and sophomore years, winning the Lehigh Valley Conference his junior year. He also was selected to the 2nd Team All Area by The Morning Call in his freshman and sophomore years. His club team, FC Revolution, is ranked third in the state and the top 25 in the country.
He is also in the Math Honor Society.
* Kayla Grim will swim at North Carolina State University on a partial scholarship. She plans to study aerospace engineering or mechanical engineering.
Grim was district champion in the 200 individual medley and runnerup in the 100 backstroke this year. She was part of the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams that both won at Districts. She was also part of the 400 free relay team that set a pool record at Parkland.
At States, her 400 freestyle relay team took home second place and broke the school record. Her 200 medley relay team took home seventh place and broke the school record. She also placed fourth in the 200 individual medley and broke the school record at States, and placed fifth in the 100 backstroke.
At Parkland, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Spanish Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and Math League.
* Tori Molchany will dive at Bucknell University on a partial scholarship. She plans to study engineering.
She placed third at Districts and fifth in the Lehigh Valley Conference in her junior year. She placed fifth at Districts and sixth at the Lehigh Valley Conference in her senior year.
At Parkland, Molchany competes in the pole vault on the track team and was a member of the fitness team.
* Emily Poland will swim at the University of Akron on a partial scholarship. She plans to study elementary education.
She was District runner-up this year and went to States all four years of high school. She placed 16th in the State in her sophomore year and was on the school record-breaking medley relay team.
At Parkland, Poland is a member of the Spanish Club. She also swims with the Parkland Aquatic Club.
* Kelli Sheatsley will swim at Kutztown University on a partial scholarship. She will study elementary education.
Her Parkland team has won Districts the past three years. She qualified for Districts all four years and placed the past two years. In her junior year, she placed sixth in the 500 freestyle and sixth in the 200 individual medley.
At Parkland, Sheatsley is a member of the Yearbook staff, National Honor Society and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).
* Kelly Trussell will swim at Drexel University on a partial scholarship. She plans to study physical therapy.
She swims the 500, 200, mile and 1000 yard events. Her team won Districts three of her four years, and she placed in the top eight each time she competed there. She was a member of the state team for two years.
At Parkland, Trussell is a member of the National Honor Society, German Honor Society, Science Honor Society, German Club, SADD and Key Club.
* Alexis Wally will swim at West Chester University on a partial athletic scholarship that will pay for her room and board and the West Chester Board of Governor's Scholarship for Academics that will cover her full tuition. She is considering a career as an athletic trainer.
She swims in the 200 and 500 freestyle competitions. She made it to States three of her four years of high school. She competed this year on Parkland's record-breaking 200 freestyle relay team. She was named an All State, All American and Academic All American athlete during her high school career.
At Parkland, Wally is a member of the National Honor Society.
* Lauren Rhine will play tennis at Clarion University on a partial scholarship. She plans to study speech pathology.
Rhine placed first in the Lehigh Valley Conference overall last year and placed second at Districts for her performance in the doubles competition. Her team was District runner-up this year.
At Parkland, Rhine is on the Parkland Morning News crew at the television studio.
* Taylor Wejkszner will play volleyball at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., on a partial academic and athletic scholarship. She plans to major in pre-medicine and Spanish.
She is an outside hitter and middle blocker on Parkland High School's volleyball team. She was named All State her junior and senior year. Last year, she was on the District All Star team, the All District team and the LVIAC first team. She was named Most Valuable Player of District 11 and the LVIAC. She was named The Morning Call's Player of the Year.
At Parkland, Wejkszner is vice president of the Leo Club, a member of the Student Senate, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Science Honor Society and treasurer/secretary of the Latin Club.