14 Owen J. Roberts senior student/athletes headed to next level

 
Fourteen Owen J. Roberts senior student/athletes announced their college destinations at recent signing/commitment events at the high school.

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Dante DeNardo – Football – Drake
Dante DeNardo, seated between parents Roland and Donna DeNardo, signs a national letter of intent to continue his academic/athletic career at Division I Drake University during a recent event also attended by OJR coach Rich Kolka (standing).
Position: Wide receiver
Parents: Donna and Roland DeNardo
Major athletic honors: 2020- 1st team PAC All-Conference and All-Area (Mercury) WR, 2nd team PAC All-Conference DB; 2019- 1st team PAC Liberty All-Conference WR, 2nd team All-Area (Mercury) WR
Academic/community service: Student body president
College major: Pre-law, Political science
Other schools under consideration: Villanova, Bucknell, Columbia, Army (West Point)
Why did you choose this school? “The coaching staff at Drake (Des Moines, Iowa) took the time to build a great relationship with me, I loved the campus and I should have an opportunity to play early.”
Reflections on high school career: “It was a great four years and I would not have traded my experience for the world. I created lifetime bonds that will never be broken.”
Goal/expectations for college career: “My goal is to play early and become team captain my senior year. I want to become a leader at Drake like I was at OJR.”
 
Joseph Feiser – Swimming/Diving – Clarion
Joseph Feiser, seated between parents Bill and Suzanne Feiser, signs a national letter of intent to continue his academic/athletic career at Division II Clarion University. Also in attendance for the signing were, standing from left, Coach Kevin Bott and Sam Feiser (brother).
Event: 100 breaststroke
Club Affiliation: TOPS Swimming
Parents: Suzanne and William Feiser
Major athletic honors: 2019-20 Team captain, District qualifier, OJR Coaches Award; 2018-19 OJR Coaches Award, All-Area (Mercury) honorable mention  
College major: Psychology
Why did you choose this school? “It simply felt right for me when I visited.”
Reflections on high school career: “I absolutely loved it. I consider myself to be pretty dedicated. I would not have replaced a single second of it with anything else.”
Goal/expectations for college career: “To find my role in life and to just get faster.”
 
Dalton Fink – Swimming – West Chester
Dalton Fink, seated between parents Catherine and Robert Fink, signs a national letter of intent to continue his academic/athletic career at Division II West Chester University. Also in attendance for the signing was Coach Kevin Bott.
Events: Butterfly, backstroke, sprint freestyle
Club Affiliation: TOPS Swimming
Parents: Catherine and Robert Fink
Major athletic honors: 2-time state finalist in 100 fly and 100 back; placed fourth in both 100 fly and 100 back in 2020 District 1 championships; 1st team All-PAC and All-Area (Mercury) in 2019-20; 1st team All-PAC and 2nd team All-Area in 2018-19
College major: Business
Why did you choose this school? “West Chester has a great business program and swim program.”
Reflections on high school career: “An amazing four years, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
Goal/expectations for college career: “NCAA championships.”
 
Payton Hansen – Ice hockey – Endicott College
Payton Hansen, seated between parents Mike Hansen and Theresa Bissell, makes a verbal commitment to continue her academic/athletic career at Division III Endicott College in Beverley, MA.
Position: Defense
Club Affiliation: Philadelphia Junior Flyers 19U AAA
Parents: Theresa Bissell and Michael Hansen
Major athletic honors: Field hockey (2020) – 2nd team All-PAC and All-Area (Mercury) forward
Academic/community service: National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, Leo Club, Anchor Club, Best Buddies, Environmental Club, Current Events Club
College major: Exercise Science
Why did you choose this school? “Beautiful campus and strong academics and athletics.”
Reflections on high school career: “Ice hockey is a club sport at OJR and I have played on the girls’ varsity team since seventh grade. My club team is the Philadelphia Junior Flyers 19U AAA team.”
Goal/expectations for college career: “Excel on and off the ice.”
 
Sam Hughes – Soccer – Wagner College
Sam Hughes, seated between parents Lori and Doug Hughes, signs a national letter of intent to continue her academic/athletic career at Division I Wagner College (N.Y.). Also in attendance for the signing was OJR coach Joe Margusity.
Position: Goalkeeper
Club Affiliation: FC Providence Lightning
Parents: Lori and Doug Hughes
Major athletic honors: 2017 – All-PAC Liberty 2nd team; 2018 – All-PAC Liberty 1st team, All-Area (Mercury) 2nd team
College major: Pre-med
Other schools under consideration: Jacksonville University, West Chester, Drexel
Why did you choose this school? “The location, New York City and the small classroom settings.”
Reflections on high school career: “The team felt like a second family to me and I always looked forward to spending time with the team.”
Goal/expectations for college career: “To become a better player and learn a lot from the players around me.”
 
Maggie Kilgallon – Lacrosse – Indiana of PA
Maggie Kilgallon, seated between parents Michael and Katrina Kilgallon, signs a national letter of intent to continue her academic/athletic career at Division II Indiana University of PA during a signing ceremony that was also attended by, standing from left, Kelsey Kilgallon (sister), Mick Kilgallon (brother) and Coach Joe Youngblood.
Position: Midfield
Club Affiliation: Dynamite Lacrosse
Parents: Michael and Katrina Kilgallon
Major athletic honors: 2019 – All-PAC Liberty; 2-time PAC champion (2018, 2019), OJR Most Improved Player in 2019
Academic/community service: National English Honor Society
College major: Nursing
Why did you choose this school? “IUP has a great academic/nursing program and a great lacrosse team.”
Reflections on high school career: “(It was great) winning the PAC championship in 2018 and 2019 to continue our winning streak.”
Goal/expectations for college career: “My goal is to grow as a player and grow even more as a person.”
 
Olivia Kqira – Soccer – Alderson Broaddus
Seated next to her mother, Dana Kqira, Olivia Kqira signs a national letter of intent to continue her academic/athletic career at Division II Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, W.Va.. Also in attendance, standing from left, were OJR coaches Minh Hang and Rich Kolka.
Position: Goalkeeper
Club Affiliation: FC Bucks ECNL
Parent: Dana Kqira
College major: Biology
Other schools under consideration: University of Maryland (Baltimore County), Randolph Macon, East Stroudsburg
Why did you choose this school? “I loved the team, the coaches and the campus.”
 
Abbey Malmstrom – Swimming/Diving – University of Buffalo
Abigail Malmstrom, seated between parents Mike and Kim Malmstrom, signs a national letter of intent to continue her academic/athletic career at Division I University of Buffalo at a recent event also attended by OJR coach Kevin Bott.
Events: Backstroke, Freestyle, Individual Medley
Club Affiliation: Upper Main Line YMCA
Parents: Kim and Mike Malmstrom
Major athletic honors: USA Swimming Scholastic All-American; 2019-2020 member of All-America Interscholastic Swim team (200, 400 free relay); 2nd team All-PAC in 2019-20 and 2018-19 (200 medley, 400 free relays), 2nd team All-Area (Mercury) in 2019-20 and 2018-19; state qualifier
Academic/community service: Kyles Quillows Foundation (Malmstrom family non-profit)
College major: Undecided
Other schools under consideration: Penn State, James Madison University
Why did you choose this school? “I chose the University of Buffalo for the amazing academics, the great team culture and the coaching staff.”
Reflections on high school career: “My high school swimming experience has been amazing. Each year we were able to come together and qualify for states and having those relays at states was so much fun.”
Goal/expectations for college career: “I hope to contribute to Buffalo’s team whenever I can and hopefully (help us) come together to win our conference meet!”
 
Kailey McGinley – Soccer – Kings College
Kailey McGinley, seated between parents Cheryl and Robert McGinley, makes a verbal commitment to continue her academic/athletic career at Division III Kings College at a recent event also attended by, standing from left, coach Joe Margusity and Kyle McGinley (brother).
Position: Forward
Parents: Cheryl and Bob McGinley
Major athletic honors: OJR junior varsity team captain
Academic/community service: Volunteer at Red Corner benefit
College major: Undecided
Why did you choose this school?: “It’s a smaller school, which should help build closer relationships with the professors.”
Reflections on high school career: “(It was great) winning three PAC championships.”
Goal/expectations for college career: “To play beyond the high school level and grow more as a player and student of the game.”

Sam Morris – Baseball – Millersville
Sam Morris, seated between parents Janis and Keith Morris, signs a national letter of intent to continue his academic/athletic career at Division II Millersville University. Also attending the signing ceremony were, standing from left, OJR coaches Greg Gilbert and Jon Yoder.
Position: Outfield/pitcher
Parents: Keith and Janis Morris
Major athletic honors: Big 26 Baseball Classic alumni; Berks County American Legion MVP in 2019; 2019 – first team All-PAC Liberty and first team All-Area (Mercury) DH
Academic/community service: Volunteer at multiple baseball games for special needs athletes; volunteer youth coach
College major: Business
Other schools under consideration: Radford, Lehigh, Bucknell, La Salle (formerly committed before school dropped baseball)
Why did you choose this school? “To compete for a national championship and to be a part of the Millersville brotherhood.”
Reflections on high school career: “I missed out on my junior season so I plan to make the best of my senior year. I would like to take it a step further than we did in 2019.”
Goal/expectations for college career: “I expect to do nothing but improve personally while also doing my part to help lead the team to a national championship.”
 
Raina Smolij – Field hockey – Villanova
Raina Smolij, seated between parents Mark and Jessica Smolij, signs a national letter of intent to continue her academic/athletic career at Division I Villanova University. Also pictured, standing from left, are Mira Smolij (sister) and Coach Amy Hoffman
Position: Midfield/Defense
Club Affiliation: XCalibur
Parents: Mark and Jessica Smolij
Major athletic honors: 2018 – 2nd team All-PAC Liberty; 2019 - 2nd team All-PAC; PA All-Academic team, PA All-State 2nd team; 2020 – 1st team All-PAC, PA All-State 1st team, All-Area 1st team (Mercury)
Academic/community service: National Honor Society, Leo Club, Best Buddies, National Spanish Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Volunteer coach for NorChester Youth Field Hockey
College major: Business
Other schools under consideration: American Lehigh, Lafayette
Why did you choose this school? “Villanova is a top academic school, close to home and has a field hockey team I will fit into.”
Reflections on high school career: “I held myself to a high standard of play because of the amazing field hockey players that came before me, many of whom I was fortunate to play with. This led to many successful seasons particularly my sophomore year when we won the PAC and District championships.”
Goal/expectations for college career: “I want to build upon the high standards I set for myself in high school and challenge myself to work even harder so I can be a contributor on the field at Villanova.”

Jordan Sylvia – Softball – Indiana of PA
Jordan Sylvia, seated between parents Jeffrey and Kathryn Sylvia, signs a national letter of intent to continue he academic/athletic career at Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Position: 3B/SS
Club Affiliation: The Rock Gold, Sting
Parents: Kathryn and Jeffrey Sylvia
Major athletic honors: 2018 – All-PAC Liberty second team SS as freshman; 2019 – All-PAC Liberty second team 3B as sophomore; honorable mention All-Area (Mercury) infielder in 2018 and 2019, Carpenter Cup select team
College major: Secondary education
Why did you choose this school? “The campus felt like home and all the coaches and players were very welcoming and fun. It’s a good distance away from home.”
Reflections on high school career: “High school softball has been one of the most fun experiences. I made so many good friends and memories. I’m hoping to finish my senior season.”
 
Amanda Turner – Field hockey – Indiana of PA
Amanda Turner, seated between parents Bob and Betty Turner, signs a national letter of intent to continue her academic/athletic career at Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania at an event also attended by, second row from left: Dalton Turner (brother), Matthew Turner (brother) and Coach Amy Hoffman
Position: Midfield
Parents: Bob and Betty Turner
Major athletic honors: OJR Rookie of the Year in 2019, PAC All-Academic, team captain
Academic/community service: Leo Club
College major: Business management
Other schools under consideration: Bloomsburg, Eastern
Why did you choose this school? “(IUP) provided the majors I was interested in, I loved the campus and the field hockey program’s reputation.”
Reflections on high school career: “OJR field hockey gave me the opportunity to make new friendships and showed me that hard work really pays off. As a whole, my high school career was successful, and I’m proud to say that I had the chance to be a captain and lead the team through the 2020-2021 season.”
Goal/expectations for college career: “To become a better student/athlete and win a championship.”
 
Nathan Van Natter – Swimming – Shippensburg
Nathan Van Natter, seated between parents Lisa and Charles Van Natter, makes a verbal commitment to continue his academic/athletic career at Division II Shippensburg University during an event also attended by, top row from left, Helena Van Natter (sister) and Coach Kevin Bott
Events: Freestyle (mid-distance, sprint), Breaststroke
Club Affiliation: TOPS Swimming
Parents: Lisa and Charles Van Natter
Major athletic honors: Varsity letters since freshman year, district qualifier in sophomore and junior seasons, state qualifier in junior season; part of the OJR record-holding 200 free relay team
College major: Biology
Why did you choose this school? “I loved the campus, their bio program and the coach.”
Reflections on high school career: “The (OJR) high school team was the best team I was ever on because of the coaches and teammates. I made a lot of progress through the years and even made it to states.”
Goal/expectations for college career: “I want to swim all four years and do the best I can with my academics.”