GLEN RIDGE, NJ-- Glen Ridge High athletic director Rob Hill announced a number of college signings for the Ridgers, and those universities are indeed among the finest in the country.
Sarah Looney will attend Stanford University, Patrick Bronander and Jackson Crutchfield will both attend Saint Joseph's University, Madison Grady is headed to Rutgers University, Gretchen Gilmore will play at Penn State University and Sean Brown will be competing at Northeastern University.
"Obviously, I'm so happy for the kids," said Hill. "They're hard-working young men and women in the classroom and represent our athletic programs so well."
The aforementioned students are excited about their futures.
"The environment on 'Hawk Hill' is just the best, as you walk around campus it just feels special, said Bronander, who will play lacrosse at Saint Joseph, in Philadelphia. "The alumni involvement, along with the amazing academics SJU provides, there's no reason to not want to become a Hawk.
"Going through a day in the life of a student there, it's just different from other schools, everyone is always happy to be there and working there, it really makes it easy for you to want to succeed."
Grady, who will play lacrosse, loved the environment at Rutgers.
"I chose Rutgers because I felt it was a great fit for me both academically and athletically," she said. "Rutgers has so much to offer their students, and the moment I stepped on campus I knew I was home. The athletic facilities are amazing and I love the energy that the coaching staff brings to the game."
Gilmore, another outstanding lacrosse player, had her sights set on Penn State for a few years.
"I chose Penn State because of the endless academic opportunities and the incredible sports facilities," she said. Gilmore also enjoyed the family atmosphere, the alumni connections and the team dynamic.
Bronander will have a Ridger teammate playing lacrosse with him, in Crutchfield.
"I chose Saint Joseph's because of the opportunities it could provide me in the future and I've always liked the city of Philadelphia," said Crutchfield. "It has a great business program and an excellent culture around the lacrosse team."
Brown will row at Northeastern University, in Boston.
"Northeastern had everything I was looking for, not only in terms of academics and athletics, but also a competitive environment in which I could thrive," he said. "I'm excited to start my college career and am looking forward to an exciting next four."
Looney will play lacrosse at Stanford University, in Northern California.
"I chose Stanford University because of the extraordinary combination of athletics and academics offered to their students," she said. "Stanford is a breeding ground for innovation, and I couldn't imagine a better opportunity or place to challenge myself."