Seniors commit to sports, music and the military

The class of 2021 is headed in many different directions with Hayes seniors committing to athletics, music, and the military.

Kristen Smith, Staff Writer

Athletic Signees

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  • Alexis Amabile signs to Otterbein University. Photo used with permission from Alexis Amabile

  • Aidan Gatenbee signs to Edgewater College. Photo used with permission from Morgan Knight

  • Mckenzie Hayes signs to West Liberty University. Photo used with permission from Mckenzie Hayes.

  • KJ Hudson signs to Eastern Michigan University. Photo used with permission from KJ Hudson.

  • Alana Kay signs to The College of Wooster. Photo used with permission from Alana Kay.

  • Isabella McCloskey signs to The College of Wooster. Photo used with permission from Isabella McCloskey.

  • Hunter Piroska signs to Otterbein University. Photo used with permission from Morgan Knight.

  • Clay Knight, Ryan Smudz and Hunter Piroska sign together. Photo used with permission from Morgan Knight.

  • Lily Tope signs to Baldwin Wallace University. Photo used with permission from Lily Tope.

  • Judaea Wilson signs to Wilmington College. Photo used with permission from Judaea Wilson.

  • Lindsay Wolverton signs to Ohio Wesleyan University. Photo used with permission from Lindsay Wolverton.

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1. Alexis Amabile

Basketball at Otterbein University

     › Favorite sports memory: “Scoring 1,000 points”

     › Looking forward to: “Being a star”

2. Aidan Gatenbee

Lacrosse at Edgewood College

› Favorite sports memory: “Just playing with good teammates.”

› Looking forward to: “Meeting new people.”

3. Mckenzie Hayes

Soccer at West Liberty University

Favorite sports memory: “Winning the OCC this year for the first time in school history.”

Looking forward to: “Increasing my skill and taking my play to a new level.”

4. KJ Hudson

Soccer at Eastern Michigan University

Favorite sports memory: “Finally being able to play my real position my senior year and setting a record for least amount of goals allowed in a season.”

Looking forward to: “One thing I am looking forward to is being able to be surrounded by people who have all the same goals as me.”

5. Alana Kay

Tennis at The College of Wooster

Favorite sports memory: “Doubles tournament with my best friends.”

Looking forward to: “Playing at an elevated level.”

6. Isabella McCloskey

Lacrosse at The College of Wooster

Favorite sports memory: “Being with my friends and making new life long friends from the team.”

Looking forward to: “Taking that next step into the game, playing at a faster rate and just getting more knowledge in the game.”

7. Hunter Piroska

Lacrosse at Otterbein University

› Favorite sports memory: “Beating Olentangy Orange Friday night under the lights.”

Looking forward to: “Getting better at the sport.”

8. Ryan Smudz

Basketball at Ohio Wesleyan University

› Favorite sports memory: “Our trip to Orlando sophomore year.”

› Looking forward to: “Getting better”

9. Lily Tope

Lacrosse at Baldwin Wallace University

› Favorite sports memory: “Practicing under the lights and then after watching the sunset with my best friends.”

Looking forward to: “I look forward to being competitive and meeting really good teammates.”

10. Judaea Wilson

Softball at Wilmington College

Favorite sports memory: “Team bonding we do on the bus because we are always laughing, or the TikToks we make.”

Looking forward to: “I look forward to meeting new people and enjoying the new experience as a college athlete.”

11. Lindsay Wolverton

Lacrosse at Ohio Wesleyan University

› Favorite sports memory: “Getting to play games with some of my best friends all 4 years and bus rides.”

Looking forward to: “Some rule changes and a faster paced game.”

Other student athletes committing*:

Alexander Blevins: Football at Ohio Dominican University

Tamas Eder: Wrestling at Otterbein University

Logan Eubanks: Football at Ohio Dominican University

Connor Green: Swimming at Cleveland State University

Alyssa Griner: Basketball at Ohio Wesleyan University

Clay Knight: Lacrosse at Penn College of Technology

Clay Ours: Wrestling at Tiffin University

Sam Schumacher: Lacrosse at Otterbein University

Gabrielle Weckerly: Lacrosse at Wittenberg University

*Did not complete the survey sent to them.

Music Signees

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  • Andrew Bourget signs for music education at The Ohio State University. Photo used with permission from Heidi Kegley.

  • Meredith Keller signs for music performance at Biola University. Photo used with permission from Heidi Kegley.

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1. Andrew Bourget

Music Education at The Ohio State University

› Favorite music memory: “The bus rides for marching band. Just spending time with people and talking a lot.”

› Looking forward to: “Learning more instruments and playing different kinds of music in ensembles.”

2. Meredith Keller

Music Performance at Biola University

Favorite music memory: “Singing in choir with my friends and learning from Dr. Gillis!! I wouldn’t be where I am without her.”

Looking forward to: “I am excited to not only mature in my singing voice but grow in my acting abilities as well.”

U.S. Armed Forces Signees

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1. Dominic Boeriu

Army National Guard

Looking forward to: “Being apart of something bigger than myself.”

2. Nicholas Brooks

Active duty for the United States Marine Corps

Looking forward to: “Infantry school and exploring the world.”

Others committing to the U.S. Armed Forces*:

Ty Gillman: Army

Cameron Gloyd: Army

Levi Haack: Navy

Chris Hall: Marine Corps

Sean Mavis: Marine Corps

Anthony McGrane: Marine Corps

Padraic Roush: Marine Corps

Owen Salyers: Navy

Dominic VanBrimmer: Marine Corps

*Did not complete the survey sent to them.

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