Confirming their commitment to participate in collegiate athletics this fall, seven Islip High School seniors signed national letters of intent in a pride-filled ceremony in the school’s cafeteria on April 13. Administrators and family members joined the students as they officially pledged to play sports at the college of their choice.
Students signing letters at the ceremony include Kaeli McAnally, who will play both basketball and softball for Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh; Carmelo Pagan, who is set to play football at SUNY Morrisville; Desiree Pagan, who will join the track team at St. John’s University; Hunter Rindos, who is slated to play lacrosse at Georgian Court University in New Jersey; Amanda Sayles, who will cheer at the University of Delaware; Joseph Urban, who will play baseball for York College of Pennsylvania; and Noah Whitehouse, who will play lacrosse for Wingate University in North Carolina.
“To the athletes and your families, I just want to say thank you for all that you’ve done to keep our athletic programs thriving,” Athletic Director John Sparacio said. “College is a great experience and I wish you all the best of luck. You’re going to have a lot of fun and make some friendships that will last forever. Enjoy the journey, because it goes extremely fast.”
“John and I both played in college, and I can tell you that it was absolutely the most critical experience in my life,” Principal Jon LaRochester told the student-athletes. “The journey to get to this point is going to pale in comparison to the journey you’re going to go on. Please appreciate what you’re about to do, and when you’re done, find time to give back, because the coaches and people that inspired you and helped you get to this point were once in your shoes.”