College commitment ceremony a success


On Thursday, May 19, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. the annual student athlete college commitment ceremony was held on the turf to celebrate the seniors who have committed to continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level. 

Thirteen seniors have committed to play at the next level: Chase Aston (Bryant University, Division 1 football), Gianna Christiana (Johnson and Wales, Division 3 Women’s soccer), Jared Cotte (University of New Haven, Division 2 football), Dylan Diaz (University of Bridgeport, Division 2 baseball), Arielena Lang (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Division 3 field hockey), Megan Murphy (St. Thomas Aquinas College, Division 2 Women’s soccer/track and field), Alyssa Pavano (Union College, Division 3 field hockey), Christian Pedro (Amherst College, Division 3 baseball), Henry Pellitlier (Connecticut College, Division 3 Men’s squash), Maddox Pierce (Emmanuel College, Division 3 Men’s soccer), Aaron Rotter (Clark University, Division 3 Men’s soccer), Marrich Somridhijev (Bates College, Division 3 Men’s swimming and diving), Lexi Vail (Bentley University, Division 2 softball).

At this exciting event, tables designated for each athlete lined the turf. Each family could decorate the table and support their child by wearing college gear. There were a few minutes set aside to recognize each student by asking them a few questions and allowing them the chance to speak on their decision and their future academic and athletic plans. The event took place right after school, and all afternoon practices were pushed back to give students the opportunity to support their classmates. 

The students enjoyed the ceremony as a way to recognize their time at KO and look forward to the future. “I’m very thankful for the ceremony, and it was run very well,” Megan said.

 Alyssa agreed with Megan. “The ceremony was awesome,” she said. “It was so nice to celebrate the accomplishments of all my classmates.”

 Director of Athletics Josh Balabuch spoke on the impact KO has on its student-athletes, noting that 72 students have gone on to play a sport in college in the past five years. He credits this to the coaches. “I think our coaches do a great job of helping identify those student-athletes early on who have goals of playing at the next level,” he said. “They work with the players throughout their years at KO on identifying the right schools, and what school is the right fit both academically and athletically for them.” 

Mr. Balabuch also highlighted the help that the college admissions team offers in this process. “Outside of coaching, again, our college counselors provide a wealth of knowledge and information regarding the process to our students as well,” he said. 

Megan is looking forward to all aspects of college when she heads to New York in the fall. “I am excited for college to work hard and continue my academic and athletic journey,” she said. 

Alyssa agreed, saying that she is thankful to have the opportunity to continue playing field hockey. “I am super excited to play in college and to be able to continue the team experience in college, playing a sport I love,” she said.

Congratulations to all of our student-athletes. We wish them the best of luck in the future!