WAYNE, NJ – Earlier this past month, Wayne Hills High School had their “Patriots Signing Day.” This is when seniors sign commitment letters to play for a particular college or university.

Thirteen seniors signed commitments to thirteen different colleges.

Wayne Hills Athletic Director Jeff Dilollo spoke about these 2021 future graduates, and helped put their achievements in perspective given how unique this past school year really was.

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“Any given year this level of accomplishment among our student athletes is impressive,” he told TAPinto. “This is the embodiment of hours of hard work, practice, commitment, and significant effort.

“This year, however, the accomplishment seems all the greater,” Dilollo added. “These athletes represent the very best of Wayne Hills and the dedication, resiliency, and fortitude that these trying times have mandated.”

We all had such sympathy for the seniors of 2020, who had their spring sports seasons, SDA, School Musicals, Prom, Graduation and more ripped away from them last year at this time.

For seniors graduating in 2021, their entire school year has been chaotic, with not much that they could truly count on. Somehow, within this volcanic time, thirteen student athletes earned the right to continue playing their sport and to attend quality universities.

“Collectively and individually, they have risen to the occasion and exceeded expectations,” Dilollo said. “The whole of our community extends our congratulations and, along with their families, celebrate their hard-earned opportunities to continue their athletic careers at the next level.”

Of the thirteen students who signed commitment letters, three will be playing at the Division One level. Noah Abida will play football as a Red Fox for Marist College, Dan Daly, who owns two Wayne Hills High School records will be playing men’s Lacrosse as a Midshipmen at the US Naval Academy, while Courtney Ruedt will be playing women’s soccer as a Scarlet Knight at Rutgers.

Only one of the thirteen will be playing at the Divsion Two level: Samantha Graf will play women’s lacrosse at Kutztown University.

Nine Hills’ student athletes will be playing at the Division Three level.

  • Daniel Alicea will play men’s lacrosse at Moravian College
  • Carolina Cedraschi will play women’s soccer at Ithica College
  • Heath Gamarel will play men’s lacrosse at Juniata College
  • Aslan Kat will play men’s soccer at Rutgers University – Newark
  • Bree MacMullen will play women’s lacrosse at Vassar College
  • Michael Marron will play men’s lacrosse at Penn College
  • Phillip Park will play men’s basketball for Wesleyan University
  • Luke Trentacost will play Men’s Soccer at the University of Central Lancashire
  • Giancarlo Turelli will play men’s soccer at Montclair State University