Concord, Calif. (April 20, 2016) – Carondelet High School honored its athletes today in a special ceremony that recognized the achievements of an exceptional group of graduating seniors who have chosen to continue their athletic careers in college. Every year, high school athletes who have decided to play collegiate sports are given the option of signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) or a letter of commitment to play for that school. At the final ceremony of the year, Carondelet celebrated eight students who have committed to dance or play sports at the collegiate level.
Avery Avina, Point Loma Nazarene University, Track & Field:
- Member of the 4x400 relay team that broke the school record in 2015
- Placed 3rd place at 2015 State Track Meet in the 4x400 relay, beating the school record set the previous year
- Placed 3rd in the NCS Tri-valley Meet and 5th in the NCS Meet of Champions in the 300 hurdles in 2015
Avery was first drawn to Point Loma because it is steps away from the beautiful beaches of San Diego. In addition to the great location, Point Loma is a reputable small school with Christian values and a welcoming atmosphere. As soon as Avery stepped onto campus, she knew it was home!
Bianca Delfabro, Lindenwood University, Trap Shooting:
- Singles Amature Trapshooting Association State Junior Champion, shooting a 199/200
- Eight time High Lady at Martinez Gun Club
- Shot a 100 straight for the De La Salle team at Livermore
Bianca chose Lindenwood University because it gives her the opportunity to continue her shooting career with an Olympic trainer and shoot among Olympians. It is also the nation's top school for shotgun sports and has earned 12 consecutive National Championships. Bianca looks forward to earning an accounting degree with a minor in criminal justice.
Hanna Eidson, Point Park University, Dance:
- Awarded scholarships by both Justin Giles and Stacey Tookey, So You Think You Can Dance choreographers
- Studied with the Alvin Ailey Company for five weeks in New York City
- Trained with the Radio City Rockettes at their summer intensive
Hanna chose Point Park University, one of the top dance schools in the country, because they offer versatile dance training. She looks forward to working with their elite staff and training to become the best dancer that she can be. She can't wait to live in the vibrant city of Pittsburgh and to join her sister at Point Park.
Kathryn Hoyt, Sonoma State University, Soccer:
- Three sport athlete at Carondelet, participating at the varsity level in water polo, soccer, and swimming
- Competed in the NCS playoffs in 2014 and 2015 in both water polo and soccer, including the 2015-2016 undefeated EBAL soccer season in 2015-2016
- Recognized as an All-EBAL and All-Contra Costa Times girls soccer player in 2016
Katie was first introduced to Sonoma State by Carondelet soccer coach Amy Apodaca '96, who is both a Carondelet and Sonoma State alumna. Upon taking a closer look, by visiting campus and practicing with the soccer team, Katie knew it was the perfect fit for her. Sonoma State offers a supportive environment, both academically and athletically, and she felt right at home on campus and with her future teammates.
Katherine Kuptz, St. Mary's College of California, Lacrosse:
- Four-year varsity lacrosse player and two-year Captain
- Earned Academic All-American honors and Carondelet's MVP award in 2015
- Volunteer at John Muir Hospital
Katie chose St. Mary's College because of its small size, location, and the student/faculty ratio—which will come in handy as she pursues her career in medicine. She loves the campus' small community feel and the easy access to all that the Bay Area has to offer. Katie also looks forward to joining her sister, Molly, who is also on the lacrosse team.
Julianna Ruotolo, California Polytechnic State University, Track & Field:
- Placed 3rd place at 2015 State Track Meet in the 4x400 relay with a school record-breaking time
- Competed in Indoor Track Nationals in New York earlier this spring
- Took 3rd in the 1600 Sprint Medley at the Arcadia night meet in 2016
Julianna chose to attend Cal Poly because of the supportive and friendly, yet competitive atmosphere. She loves the central coast location and the welcoming campus environment. In addition to their track & field program, Julianna was drawn to their "learn by doing" philosophy, and she knows that Cal Poly will be a great academic fit as well.
Taylor Smallwood, Pacific University, Volleyball:
- Two-year member of the Carondelet volleyball program and a member of Club Solano
- Earned a position on the 2015 NCVA USA High Performance U17 Global Challenge Team that traveled to Europe to play in Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy and Germany
- Selected to play on the AAU USA High Performance U22 Global Challenge team
Taylor chose Pacific University because of its tight knit community, gorgeous campus, academic excellence and study abroad programs. She also felt an immediate connection with the coaches and her future teammates. Taylor looks forward to her next chapter and is proud to be a Boxer!
Makenna Zimmerman, California State University, Long Beach State, Dance:
- Four-year Carondelet varsity dance team member, Captain her senior year
- Member of the Carondelet dance team that won four national titles
- Universal Dance Association All-American
Makenna chose Long Beach State because of its nationally ranked dance program, which includes the largest dance facility in the country. She was also attracted to the feeling of community among the dancers in the program and the great southern California location.