Six Trojans sign letters of intent
Parkland High School recently celebrated six student athletes who have made their college choice and received financial assistance to attend various schools. This group of students will have majors ranging from the medical profession to business, engineering and education.
Three female swimmers announced their college choices at the ceremony. Twins Abby and Zoe Sheridan will attend Siena and the University of Rhode Island, respectively. Abby will major in biology and looks to become a pediatric surgeon after graduation, while Zoe is going the business route at the University of Rhode Island.
Teammate Megan Sicinski will pursue a major in civil engineering at Drexel starting this fall. Sicinski broke the 100-yard breaststroke school and District 11 record and placed eighth at the PIAA Swimming Championships last month.
“The girls did great and they earned their scholarships with all of the work that they put in and the dedication,” said Parkland swimming head coach Rob Robitaille. “It’s not easy doing the work that they did and then putting up with me, too. All three of them were great and we went 63-1 with them and won four straight district titles. They combined to score almost 180 of our points this year at districts.”
For softball player Makenzie Wolfe, the choice of both a college and a profession were made pretty easy by the example that her parents set for her. Both are alums of Clarion University and both majored in education, which is exactly what Wolfe plans to do.
If her parents didn’t encourage her enough to pursue education, her younger brother Brody did. Playing the role of big sister, Wolfe discovered a love for kids and their education.
“Ever since I was little, I’ve been obsessed with him and love spending time with him and that fueled my interest in education,” said Wolfe.
She overcame a serious knee injury early in her high school career and battled her way back to the field to be part of the 2016 team that won both the EPC and District 11 championships and followed that up with another EPC championship in 2017. She found that she learned a lot about herself while rehabbing from the injury and has used that to encourage other players.
Cheerleader Hannah Zarzecki will attend Gannon University in Erie on a partial scholarship this fall. Like Wolfe, Zarzecki was influenced by her mom when it came to deciding on a career and will follow in her mom’s footsteps and study nursing.
“My mom is a nurse, so I intend to be just like her,” said Zarzecki.
Zarzecki medaled at the District 11 competition and participated in both the PIAA competition and in a national competition in Disney World. She was recognized for her courage and leadership during a cheer camp last summer. As it turned out, the coach at Gannon University had Zarzecki on her radar for some time and looked to add her to the team.
“I got an email from their cheer coach saying that they had watched me and had noticed how I had grown as a cheerleader and they invited me to their recruitment weekend,” said Zarzecki. “She asked me to be a part of the team then and I was honored. I’m really happy with the choice.”
Soccer player Bryce Evans also signed last week. He received a partial scholarship to attend Bloomsburg University. Evans was a four-year varsity starter and helped lead the team to the EPC and District 11 championships in his senior season. He was first-team all-league in 2016 and 2017 and was also a first-team all-state in his senior season.
For his college choice, soccer took a back seat to finding a school with a strong business program. Bloomsburg met that criteria and also has a soccer program for Evans to continue his playing career with.
“I appreciate all of my teammates through the years and the best friends that I’ve made here,” remarked Evans about what he’s going to remember most about his time at Parkland. “When I look back on being a student and an athlete at Parkland, it’s something that I can be proud of.
“I appreciate being fairly close to home so that my family can see me play because they’ve been really supportive of me.”