Wednesday, also known as National Signing Day, for high school athletes, turned into a large celebration at Byram Hills High School in Armonk as seven students were signed to play on college sports teams ranging from fencing to crew.
The annual day marks a celebratory signing of letters of intent to accept athletic scholarships and other offers to play on teams at colleges across the country.
The Byram Hills students agreed to join sports programs in soccer, basketball, fencing, crew and golf, said Coach Matt Allen.
“Today we recognize seven amazing athletes representing five different sports,” Allen told 200 supporters filling a section of the bleachers for the ceremony in the school’s upper gymnasium. “They are each well-rounded, intelligent and hard-working young men and women who will undoubtedly represent Byram Hills to the greatest of their abilities.”
The scholar athletes and the schools they will attend are:
- Jack Beer, soccer – Georgetown University
- Sylvie Binder, fencing – Columbia University
- Emma Fruhling, soccer – Ithaca College
- Matt Groll, basketball – Franklin & Marshall College
- Steven Max, crew – University of California, Berkeley
- David Noel, soccer – Eastern Connecticut State University
- Ally Steffen, golf – University of Richmond
During the ceremony, the athletes were called to a dais decked in Byram Hills Bobcats colors of red and blue, where they signed their symbolic letters.
Rob Castanga, the district athletic director, thanked the friends and family members for attending, and for supporting the athletes.
“It does take a family,” he said. “There are a lot of people involved in helping these dreams come true.”