Lincoln-Way East Students Participate in Signing Day CeremonyMonday, November 21, 2016
On Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 3:00 p.m., six Lincoln-Way East students were honored in the Grffins’ Lair of the Lincoln-Way West High School. The Signing Day Ceremony is an event that recognizes student athletes who have committed to play a sport at the collegiate level.
Teachers, coaches, staff, friends and family of the students were present, and Athletic Director Mark Vander Kooi presented. “The college signing day is always a proud day for our school and athletic program, our coaches, teammates, teachers, and classmates,” he said. “It is also a great day for the families, and of course, our student-athletes. Our student-athletes have worked very hard to earn this opportunity and have no doubt been supported by the group of people that I mentioned. We wish our student-athletes the best of luck at your colleges.”
Students honored included:
Andrew Grever: Grever will swim at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and intends to study criminology. He chose University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee because the school has his intended major and the head coach is a distance swimmer. As a freshman, Grever made state in the 500 free. As a sophomore, he made state in the 500 free, 200 IM, and 200 and 400 free relays. In his junior year, Grever made state again in the 500 free, 200 IM, and 200 and 400 free relays. He set the school record at state in the 500 free. At the signing ceremony, coach Kelly Byrne said, “Andy has shown a great commitment all year around to become the state level swimmer he is today. He is hard working, dedicated and a great competitor. If you've ever watched him swim at a sectional meet, it has always been the most exciting race of day. It doesn't surprise me that the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee wanted him on their team, and I believe he will have a very successful career there.”
Kendall Hermann: Hermann will swim at Indiana University and intends to study biology. As a freshman, Hermann was on varsity and made it to state in all four events. She was also a member of the All-Conference Team. Hermann chose Indiana because she said it had always been her dream college, and the team made her feel “at home in Bloomington.” Coach Kate Gabey says, “Kendall is very focused and driven to be successful in swimming. She has put in a great amount of work to get her to where she is today, and I am sure she will continue to give Indiana University that same level of dedication and will continue to improve.”
Ami Ill: Ill will play softball at the University of Toledo and intends to study exercise science. Ill attended state back to back in her freshman and sophomore years. She chose Toledo because she “loved the campus, softball program, and the coaches.” Coach Elizabeth Pawlicki says, “When Ami Ill was a freshman, she was pulled up to varsity to help us in the post season on our run to state. After that moment, she never looked back. As a sophomore and junior, Ami started in the outfield and found her spot in the top of the hitting order. Last year alone, she had a batting average of .347 with 22 RBIs. We look forward to see what she will accomplish her senior year and in her college career.”
Sarah Lewis: Lewis will play volleyball at Loras College. Lewis chose Loras because she enjoys the atmosphere of the community and there are a wide range of majors to choose from. Additionally, Loras has a very strong athletic program, and Lewis says the volleyball staff is “awesome.” Lewis was a two-year sophomore volleyball player and a two-year varsity volleyball player at Lincoln-Way East. The team earned the title of Conference Champions from 2013-2015, Regional Champions in 2015 and 2016, and Sectional Champions in 2015. Sarah’s coach, Kris Fiore, says, "Sarah Lewis was the starting, middle hitter on the girls volleyball team that won 29 matches this season and a regional title. Sarah never seemed to have a bad night, she was always a steady, consistent presence at the net. This showed as she finished the season with the second highest hitting percentage on the team, was third in blocks, and was recognized by many as one of the top middle hitters in the area. I am confident that Sarah, with her great work ethic and athletic talent, will have tremendous success at Loras."
Madeline Morrow: Morrow will play volleyball at Dominican University and intends to study chemistry and chemical engineering. Morrow chose Dominican University because “it is a small school with a good volleyball program, great academics, and a beautiful campus.” At Lincoln-Way East, Morrow was named the all-conference most valuable player and also won the Scholar Athlete Award. Coach Kris Fiore says, “Madeline Morrow was the starting setter and team captain on the girls volleyball team that won 29 games and a regional title. East volleyball will miss Madeline's passion, leadership, and her ability to inspire her teammates. Madeline led the team this year in assists, aces, floor burns, and bruises as she approached every play with an intensity that very few players possess. At the end of the season, Madeline was voted to the All-Conference Team by area coaches and was voted team MVP by her teammates.”
Cole Paraday: Paraday will run track and field at Grand Valley State University and intends to study engineering. Paraday chose Grand Valley State because of the “great atmosphere, strong engineering program, and great track and field program.” Paraday’s success at Lincoln-Way East will earn him a four year varsity letterman, as well as an all-conference title in discus as a junior and senior. Coach Jeff Purdom says, “Cole is a very driven athlete. He puts a tremendous amount of time and energy to master the skills of being a great thrower. Despite many changing circumstances he has faced, he continued to progress into the great student-athlete that he is today. I know that those skills will help him to be very successful athletically and academically at the next level.”