Community Gathers to Celebrate Future Division I Athletes – The Sagamore

Three athletes, lined up and decked out in hats from some of the country’s most prestigious colleges, signed their papers in the atrium to cheers from parents, friends and coaches.

Seniors Alexa Kalish, Jayanth Devaiah and Eliza Brown signed Letters of Intent to Play Sports in Division I Schools in the atrium on November 10. Attending the event was a small group made up of relatives and friends and the teammates of the signatories.

Kalish, who has been engaged in the Dartmouth College admissions process for diving, said that diving has helped her in many ways and is grateful to the many people who have helped her achieve this goal.

“Diving has provided me with so many opportunities, mainly to meet people with the same interests as me, especially when I travel all over the place for club meetings and meet all the different people in the United States,” said Kalish said. “I am grateful to my parents and all my family, as well as my dive coach, Kelley Gilmour, and my club coach, who have helped me so much.”

Kalish has had great success diving at the high school level as she currently holds the 6 and 11 BHS diving records and qualified for the USA Diving Nationals this year. With her signing, she said she was eager to step into this next chapter of her athletic career.

“I’m super excited,” Kalish said. “It’s an incredible team. The coaches are awesome and really inspiring, and I can’t wait to be there.

Brown, who is engaged in the admissions process at Princeton University for swimming, said she was incredibly grateful for the doors swimming opened for her.

“Swimming has given me an incredible number of friends and incredible support, and I can’t imagine my life without it. I always knew I wanted to play some sport in college, whether college or club, so I’m glad I can continue swimming. I’m also very grateful to be able to have the friends that I made while swimming, ”said Brown.

Eliza’s mother Katherine Brown said she was proud of Eliza and saw all the lessons swimming taught her.

“I am delighted that she is coming to this stage of her swimming career. She has been swimming competitively since she was seven, so it’s good after competing in so many competitions to see her achieve the success she deserves, ”said Brown. “In any competitive sport, kids learn so much about life management skills and executive functioning, such as how to balance a schedule. They also learn to compete at a level where they don’t always succeed, and it’s such a great lesson in life to learn how to bounce back from a loss and learn from your mistakes and keep doing it over and over again for go forward. . “

The third signatory, Devaiah, who signed on to play for the Notre Dame University men’s tennis team, said he was grateful for the many people who helped him along the way.

“I have had a lot of friends and family who have helped me get to where I am and have supported me. My mom, dad, brother, as well as my coaches and teammates all played a huge role, ”said Devaiah.

Having played tennis most of his life and helping the boys’ varsity tennis team win two state championship titles, Devaiah said he learned a lot from playing the sport. He said his commitment made him feel like all of his hard work had paid off.

“I would say playing tennis has made me a better person. I feel like I gained a lot of perspectives as a student athlete and got to develop a lot of other skills like time management and schoolwork management from the amount of practice I got. practice, ”Devaiah said. “I have the impression that everything is linked together. Everything pays off. “

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