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30 Local Athletes Earn College Scholarships



In separate ceremonies, both Seneca Valley and Northwest honored 30 student-athletes who have earned scholarships to continue their athletic careers in colleges or universities.

On Friday, Seneca Valley honored 15 student-athletes. “We are here to celebrate and congratulate these 15 young men and women,” said Seneca Valley Athletic Director Jesse Irvin. “All 15 are exemplary examples of what a Screaming Eagle student-athlete should be. Their hard work in the classroom, and on the playing surfaces, has afforded them the ability to earn such a prestigious award.”

Northwest held a similar ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, at which the school also honored 15 student-athletes. “We couldn’t be prouder of these student-athletes, each year the number of students from Northwest earning athletic scholarships gets larger and larger,” said Northwest Principal Lance Dempsey. “I want to thank the parents of these athletes and their coaches for the hard work, and extend my heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of you.”

Seneca Valley honored 15 athletes, three swimmers, one boys soccer player, four members of track and field team, and seven members of the football team.

While Northwest’s 15 athletes, included two members of the track team, three girls from the soccer team, one member of the boys soccer team, five football players, two volleyball players, one swimmer, one field hockey player, and one member of the softball team.

Those athletes earning college scholarships from Seneca Valley High School swim and dive team included Grayson Blanchard who will attend McDaniel College, Elijah David McCabe, who will attend Messiah College, and Birgitt Elaine O’Connor, attending Florida Institute of Technology.

From the boys’ soccer team, Seneca Valley honored Andy Diaz, who will continues his soccer career at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Screaming Eagles Track and Field athletes earning scholarships include; Taylor Baily who will attend St. Francis University; Kenna Blue attending Salisbury University, HelnSarah Penda attending Townson University, and Zae Wright, who will attend Kutztown University.