MORRISTOWN, NJ - Today, 22 Morristown High School athletes signed letters of intent in front of their coaches and family members. After many months of research, applications and college tours, in total, seven students have decided to play for Division 1 schools and 14 will be playing for Division 3 schools.
As they prepare to graduate high school and move away from home, many are sad to be leaving teammates and coaches who they have spent so much time with over the past four years.
Varsity Swim Team, Maya Carragher will be attending Lehigh University, Victoria Ratliff will attend Coastal Carolina University, Emma Piascik will attend Lafayette University, Nick Bates will be attending Ramapo College and Michael Macchia will be attending New York University. While each athlete will be miss their current friends, each said they are excited to make new friendships with their teammates.
Carragher, who has been swimming for the past eight years said she has always dreamed of attending Lehigh University and was thrilled when she was accepted. Her mother is also happy that she will not be too far from home.
“I am so proud of her and I am glad she will be staying close to home so I can attend her swim meets,” said Laura Ishmael.
Macchia said he was torn between a few schools including Villanova, but finally decided on New York University because of their excellent academic program, specifically at the Stern School of Business where he will be studying.
Eric Clay, Joel Stennet and Olivia Carter, all members of the track team signed letters of intent indicating their interest in attending three prestigious schools. Carter chose to attend Rider University and Stennet will be attending Gettysburg College. Clay, who will be attending Northeastern University said that he visited many schools but was drawn to this university because of its excellent finance program.
When asked if any of the athletes had advice for high school athletes who are choosing which school to attend, many said it is important to look into all aspects of the school.
“Make sure you love everything about the school, not just the athletic program,” said Arturo Ruiz who will be playing soccer at Marist College. Emma Piascik also advised athletes to not get “caught up in early decision” because it is important to take your time when deciding.
Other athletes who signed letters of intent today included: Kaelli Zacchini who will be playing softball at St. Peter’s University; Ean Weiss who will be on the fencing team at Stevens Institute of Technology; Mary Prachthauser who will be on the fencing team at Drew University; Kimberly Calloway who will be playing basketball at Montclair University; Asthon Pardie who will be playing basketball at Centenary College; Marina Piccolo will be on the soccer team at Haverford College; Graydon Rogers will be playing soccer and track team at Elizabethtown College; Justin Burke will be playing football at Williams College; Kendall Rogers will be on the lacrosse team at Bowdoin College; Thomas Sullivan will be on the Lacrosse team at Stockton University; Joseph Doherty will be on the lacrosse team at Widener University and Nicolas Tarzanin will be on the lacrosse team at Wheaton College.