As the envelopes are sealed and the butterflies begin to flutter, three members of the senior class finalized their future plans. Seniors Chloe Hespeler, Carina Mitchell and Anthony Viteritto all signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their athletic careers in college.
Hespeler, who has also competed in swim and volleyball, signed with Methodist University in North Carolina to play softball. Methodist has a Division III program and the location of the university is what helped seal the deal. “I chose Methodist university because it’s down south and I love the south because it’s a lot warmer and the competition is a lot better. I wanted to take my passion to the next level and I wanted to be around girls who play to win, not just play for fun,” she said. “Softball has impacted my high school experience by making it more fun. It gives me something to look forward to after school. It has also been a challenge which is good because it’s preparing me for high school and being a student athlete.
Up North, Mitchell and Viteritto will be improving their skills at the University of Bridgeport and Post University, respectively. Mitchell signed to compete in lacrosse, while Viteritto will play baseball.
“The first time I visited Bridgeport, I knew that was the school I wanted to go to,” Mitchell said. “I liked the small campus and I felt like it was a nice fit for me. Also, I felt so welcomed by the lacrosse team and the overall setting of the school was welcoming.”
Viteritto was also influenced by the atmosphere of the campus. “The school itself had everything I wanted in a small classroom setting, easily accessible and I knew I wanted to play Division II baseball,” he said. “Baseball was always my favorite thing to do and I knew if I wanted to play in college I needed to get things done in the classroom, so baseball actually kept me on top of my academics.”
Even though he has committed to a university, Viteritto plans to work hard this season with his team. “For this upcoming season, I want to just keep improving as a player looking at this season as a big development year for myself in the transition to college,” he said. “We have played postseason baseball every year since I’ve been here and all of the returning varsity players plan on being there again this year.”
Megan Brawner, Editor-in-Chief
Senior Megan Brawner is the Editor-in-Chief of the 2015-2016 Colonel. She is the captain of the cross country team and runs Indoor and Outdoor Track. She participates in Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA) Club and is the secretary of the Senior Class. She is the Editor of Key Club.