Upper Perkiomen sends 12 student/athletes to college level - updated

 
Twelve Upper Perkiomen High School senior student/athletes, representing eight different sports – Trevor Cairns, Avery Diehl, Carly Eidle, Jenna Fiorito, Noel Fresa, David Kilroy, Hannah Landis, Morgan Lindsay, Matt Martin, Joe McGillen,Owen Reinhart, Tori Williams - have announced their college destinations..
 
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Trevor Cairns – Swimming – Marymount
Pictured with parents Dan and Cindy Cairns
Event: Distance freestyle
Club affiliation: Hillside Summer Aquatics Club
Major Athletic Honors: 2020 PAC All Academic Team; 2020 Upper Perk PAC Winter Citizenship Athlete Award; 2019 & 2020 Mercury All-Area Honorable Mention; 4-year District 1 Qualifier; PA State Championship swim Qualifier; Captain 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons
Academic/community service: National Honor Society; Leo’s Club
College Major: Physical Therapy (doctorate degree program admission)
Parents: Dan and Cindy Cairns
Other schools under consideration: Ithaca, Lebanon Valley, Seton Hall
Why did you choose this school? "I was directly admitted into the graduate program and loved both the school and the area."
Expectations for college career: "I am very excited to see what I can contribute to the team and hope to improve on my high school times."
Reflections on high school career: "I had fun with the team and learned a lot from Coach (Brien) Kalnoski. It really contributed to the fun and excitement of my four years in high school."
 
Avery Diehl – Soccer – Penn State (Mont Alto)
Pictured with parents Mike and Kathy Diehl
Position: Forward
Major athletic honors/achievements: 3 varsity letters
Academic/community service: Volunteer youth assistant coach for Valley Soccer Club
Club affiliation: Quakertown Soccer Club
College major: Physical therapy (physician’s assistant)
Parents: Mike and Kathy Diehl
Why did you choose this school? "I chose Penn State Mont Alto because it was one of the few schools in the area to have the PTA program.  When visiting the campus, I immediately loved the coach, the beautiful campus, and the very friendly people there."
Expectations for college career: "My expectations for the upcoming season are to work hard to earn a starting position."
Reflections on high school career: "My high school career was an unforgettable time, but now I’m looking forward to what is to come in college."
 
Carly Eidle – Field hockey – Wilkes University
Photo includes Mother Kim Eidle and sister Courtney Eidle
Position: Goalkeeper
Major athletic accomplishments: Upper Perk team captain, PAC champion, district and state qualifying team member
Club affiliation: Souderton Strikers
College major: Pre-Pharmacy
Parents: Kim and Dean Eidle
Reasons you chose this school: "I fell in love with the campus during my first visit and the team had a similar dynamic to my high school team which made me want to be a part of it."
Expectations for college career: "To work hard and improve my skills and knowledge of the game as I get to know the team and spend time with my teammates."
Reflections on high school career: "My high school career pushed me and changed me to be the best player and team member that I could be. Looking back on my senior season, I am so glad to have been able to be a captain of such an amazing team and to make it as far as we did in the Playoffs.I will miss all of the fun and crazy times with this team as it became my family."
 
Jenna Fiorito - Field hockey – Stockton University
Pictured with parents Eric and Becca Fiorito
Position: Forward
Major Athletic Honors: Captain – 2019 UP Field Hockey, All PAC Frontier Honors, Top UPFH Goal Scorer 2019, PAC League Champions, Phila FH Athlete of the Week; Phila FH Senior All Star Team; PIAA District One Class AA semifinals; PIAA AA state all-star team
Academic/community service: Youth Field Hockey Camp Counselor/Volunteer - Summer 2016-20; Community Day volunteer with Church-St. Mark’s Lutheran Church – Fall 2014-2018; Homecoming/Student Council set up and planning committee 2016-2020; A-Choir/Uptones Women’s Choir(4 years) - Section Leader; Student Council; FBLA; Halloween Trunk-or-Treat
Club affiliation: Vipers
College major: Communications/Journalism
Parents: Eric and Becca Fiorito
Other school under consideration:Shippensburg
Why did you choose this school?  "It was a great fit with all of my special interests and a very strong field hockey program.  Stockton also has a strong Communications program."
Expectations for college career:  "(To be a part of) a very lively and fun group of supportive girls that are strong leaders on and off the field."
Reflections on high school career: "High school field hockey has given me the greatest memories that I will hold onto forever and provide me with something to reminisce on every time I step onto a field."
Other comments: "My senior season was an experience I remember every day and it made me realize that my passion for hockey should proudly continue on through college."
 
Noel Fresa – Swimming – Lehigh
Event: Sprint freestyle
Parents: Mother, Elizabeth Afflerbach, and father, Christopher Fresa 
Major Athletic honors: 4-time District One AA champion; four-time state medalist including the silver and bronze medal at 2019 AA states 
College major: Civil Engineering
Other schools under consideration: Georgia Tech, University of Massachusetts, University of Pittsburgh, University of Utah 
Reason you chose this school: "I chose Lehigh because I felt like it was the best both academically and athletically for me. Lehigh is very strong in engineering, which has been my intended major for a couple of years now, and I felt like I fit in with the team and coaches right away. Lehigh is also close enough for my parents and friends to be able to come and watch me swim." 
Expectations for college career: "I hope to drop a lot of time in my first year in college, since I wasn’t able to finish my senior season and hopefully make it to the finals (in Patriot League)."
Reflections on high school career: "I couldn’t be more grateful for Coach (Brien Kalnoski) and all of the people that I have swam with, and learned with, over these four years. They all helped me better myself as a person and as a swimmer. The swimming program has come so far at UPHS and I would like to credit that to the amazing people and coach that have gone through it recently."
 
David Kilroy – Baseball – Mansfield
Pictured with parents Maria and David Kilroy II
Positions: 1B, P, OF
Major Athletic Honors: Honorable Mention 2018 All Area, American legion 1st team PAC All-Frontier 2019, Baseball Varsity Captain 2019 & 2020.
Academic/community service: Leo’s Club Member, Energy Conservation Committee Member,Wildlife Leadership Academy Ambassador 2019, High School Top of Class English and Environmental Science Awards 2019 Industrial Shop Assistant, Sunday School Assistant, Share the Harvest Member, Open Link Food Pantry Donor, Red Cross Blood Donor.
College Major: Criminal Justice/Emphasis on Cyber Security
Club affiliation: American Legion Post 184
Parents: Maria and David Kilroy II
Other schools under consideration: Chestnut Hill College, Clarion, Slippery Rock, Kutztown
Why did you choose this school?  "Mansfield University has a very good academic reputation in criminal justice/cyber security with a small student to faculty ratio. It has an ideal school size and close location. Mansfield University baseball competes in the highly competitive PSAC Athletic Conference."
Expectations for college career: "To improve and develop my skills as an academic student and baseball player in college. To work collaboratively as a team to achieve shared goals and to strive to be the best we can be."
Reflections on high school career: "I have been fortunate enough to be a part of a local high school baseball program that was organized and provided a great environment for learning and growing with a dedicated coaching staff. My experiences fueled my optimism for the game and the desire to continue future baseball opportunities in college."
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Hannah Landis – Soccer – Wilkes University
Pictured with parents Jason and Cecilia Landis and sister Rachel Landis
Position: Goalkeeper
Major athletic honors/achievements: 2018-19 – Upper Perk team MVP; All-PAC Frontier first team; 2017-18 – All-PAC Frontier second team:
Academic/community: National Honor Society, Link Crew, Student Council
Club affiliation: West-Mont United
College major: Nursing
Parents: Jason and Cecilia Landis
Reason you chose this school: "Wilkes offers a perfect mix of great academics and athletics in a small school setting."
 
Morgan Lindsay – Softball – Colgate
Pictured with parents Michael and Christine Lindsay and sister Taylor Lindsay
Position: Catcher
Major athletic honors/achievements: 3-time All-State catcher, 3-time PAC Frontier selection, 2-time team captain, 100-plus career wins
Academic/community: Club Esperanto
Club affiliation: Pennsbury Gems
College major: Undecided
Parents: Michael and Christine Lindsay
Other schools under consideration: La Salle, Mount St. Mary’s
Reasons you chose this school: "Colgate had the perfect balance between high academics and softball."
Expectations for college career: "I am going to continue to work hard and hopefully make an impact on the team at Colgate."
Reflections on high school career: "I helped the team win districts and go to the state playoffs (which was gratifying). Getting 100 hits as a junior was a big accomplishment."
 
Matt Martin – Wrestling – Wilkes University
Pictured with parents Gennifer Schultz and Troy Martin
Position: 113-pound weight class
Major athletic honors/achievements
2018-2019: Section 2nd; Region DNP (AAA), Captain, 1st Team PAC All-Conference, PAC All-Academic Team, Honorable Mention Mercury All-Area
2019-2020: Section 2nd; Region 3rd; State DNP (AAA), 1st Team PAC All-Conference, 2nd Team Mercury All-Area
Academic/community service: Honor Roll
College major: Undecided
Parents: Troy Martin and Gennifer Schultz
Other schools under consideration: East Stroudsburg, Messiah
Reasons you chose this school: "I immediately felt welcomed by the coach and the team; even with the extreme circumstances we are under they were there to support me."
Expectations for college career: "To be on the starting roster and become a better wrestler overall.".
Reflections on high school career: "I had a successful high school career. I grew a lot as an athlete and a person, and I’m excited to continue on this path of growth throughout college.
Other comments: I would like to thank my family for their constant support and for always being at my matches."
 
Joe McGillen – Swimming, Water Polo – Messiah College
Parent: Charlotte McGillen
Major athletic honors: Upper Perkiomen team captain for water polo and swimming
Academic/community service: Wreaths Across America, community service for Upper Perk YMCA
College major: Undecided
Why did you choose this school:  "I chose Messiah because of the small campus and it is located close to me. Also I already know people on the swim team and I know a few accepted students. I also like their science programs that are provided at the college.".
Expectations for college career:  "I am looking forward to swimming in college with a new team and continue to improve on my swimming abilities/time."
Reflections on high school career: "I have been able to make lasting friendships with everyone on the team and we have bonded like a family. The coaching staff also was very important because not only were they our coach but they were a part of the family and everyone looked up to them."
 
Owen Reinhart – Football – Gettysburg
Position: Linebacker
Parents: Randy and Meredith Reinhart
Major Athletic Honors: 2-time Varsity Letterman, Varsity Captain Senior Year
Academic/community service: National Honor Society – 12th, Choir-9th thru 12th, Choir President, District Choir-12th, Regional Choir-12th, Concert Band-9th thru 12th, Orchestra-9th, 10th, 11th, Drama Club-10th, 11th, 12th; Track & Field (Thrower) 9th thru 12th
College Major: Undecided, leaning toward Music Education
Other schools in the mix: Penn State, Bloomsburg
Why did you choose this school?  “It felt like the right fit both for my college education as well as for continuing my football career. Gettysburg has a beautiful campus, and an inviting community!”
Expectations for the upcoming season: “Ideally, I would love to be a starter my freshman year, but realistically I want to be the best football player I can be and help the Bullets succeed!”
Reflections on high school career: “I am grateful to have made the friendships with my teammates and the connections to my coaches, thankful to have seen Varsity playing time in multiple seasons.”
Other comments: “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue playing the game of Football in College.”
Coach Brian Peoples (Upper Perkiomen defensive coordinator): “Owen Reinhart was a valuable leader and contributor for the Upper Perkiomen HS Indians during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He distinguished himself as an inside linebacker and signal caller on defense and could always be counted on to give all he had for the team.
“In addition, Owen is a strong and well-rounded student who has consistently challenged himself in the classroom. He is also a top-notch musician, singer, and has been a lead actor in our school musicals. It was a pleasure to coach and teach this young man and I am confident that he will continue to excel at the college level.”
 
Tori Williams – Field hockey – Messiah College
Pictured with parents Mel and Todd Williams
Position: Defense
Major athletic honors/achievements: PAC All-Academic team, PAC Frontier second team, Phila FH senior all-star games; team captain, PAC champions 2019, district and state playoff team qualifier
Club affiliation: X-Calibur Field Hockey Club
Academic/community service: National Honor Society, AP scholar with distinction, FBLA treasurer, November Girl of the Month at Upper Perk; nursery volunteer
College major: Acturial Science
Parents: Todd and Mel Williams
Why did you choose this school: "I chose this school for its academics and the opportunity to play field hockey in college.".
Expectations for college career: "Looking forward to furthering my athletic abilities with a new team."
Reflections on high school career:  "I’m thankful for being able to play with my teammates and win the PAC."