Highlanders News · Fall Signing Day 2020


Highlander Nation, 

On November 11th, 2020 six Adams Highlander athletes signed their National Letter of Intent to compete at various levels in college. We interviewed these athletes in order to celebrate their success and share their story with other Highlanders. 

Less than 5% of high school athletes go on to compete at the collegiate level. We are proud of our signees. 

Way to go Highlanders! 

#HighlanderPride

 

Athlete: Mackenzie Grifka

University: Hillsdale College

Sport: Track and Field 

Question 1: If you could give any advice to current and future athletes what would you say?

Cherish the moments, your team is your family and there’s no replacing them. 

Question 2: Why did you choose this university? 

Hillsdale provides a unique opportunity where I can learn at a prestigious level while not sacrificing my running. To be able to run D2 and study at a world class institution was the selling point for me. Being able to meet the coaches and team and build relationships with them already made it an easy choice.

Question 3: What will you miss most about Adams High School? 

The competitive culture and family bond of Adams made doing high school sports unforgettable. Every level of every team of every sport cheered each other on in the victories and helped them through losses.

 

Athlete: Kennedy Jones

University: Southeastern University

Sport: Volleyball

Question 1: If you could give any advice to current and future athletes what would you say?

Pick a sport that you love and work hard to be the best you can be both on and on the court/field.

Question 2: Why did you choose this university? 

I love the campus and what the school represents.  I also have the opportunity to play indoor and beach volleyball in college.

Question 3: What will you miss most about Adams High School? 

I will miss seeing my friends and everyone I grew up with.

 

Athlete: McKenna Schultz 

University: University of Toledo 

Sport: Soccer 

 

Question 1: If you could give any advice to current and future athletes what would you say?

 My advice to athletes is sometimes you have to sacrifice a little bit of your social life if you want to achieve your goals. 

Question 2: Why did you choose this university? 

 The environment of the team felt like a true family and I knew I would love it there. 

Question 3: What will you miss most about Adams High School? 

 I will miss the soccer team and all the fun times we had together. 

 

Athlete: Maddie Dolenga

University: Ashland University

Sport: Soccer

Question 1: If you could give any advice to current and future athletes what would you say?

Do not ever doubt yourself! Things will get difficult and there will be days when your dreams feel out of reach. I promise, if you work hard and keep pushing, you will succeed. Anything is possible when you decide to believe in yourself!

 

Question 2: Why did you choose this university? 

I chose Ashland because of the culture on campus and in the community. The soccer team is a family, but so is the entire community. Ashland has so much to offer on the field and in the classroom. The minute I stepped on campus, I could picture myself walking to class, suiting up for practice, and studying in the library. I know this will be a place that I can grow as a person and an athlete! 

Question 3: What will you miss most about Adams High School? 

The thing I will miss the most about Adams will be the relationships I have built. From friends to staff members, I have met some amazing people at Adams. I am thankful for all the lessons I learned from our amazing staff and the memories I will be able to carry with me for the rest of my life. 

 

Athlete: Rea Marfatia

University: Case Western Reserve University

Sport: Volleyball

Question 1: If you could give any advice to current and future athletes what would you say?

My advice for future athletes would be to find something that genuinely brings you joy. I tried so many sports, and ultimately chose volleyball because it brought me the most happiness. Don’t be afraid to try something new or different and always be open to change. For current athletes, my advice is to stay motivated to improve. Ways to do this are to find activities outside of your sport to stay active, focus on the mental or strategic aspect of your sport, create or revise your ideal training schedule, and find balance between your athletic life and your real 

life.

Question 2: Why did you choose this university? 

I always had a vision of myself enjoying city life and pursuing all of the things I love. CWRU gives me everything: the city life of Cleveland, an exceptional Biomedical Engineering program, amazing research opportunities, and the ability to continue volleyball, all at a drivable distance from home. 

Question 3: What will you miss most about Adams High School? 

 I will miss the sense of community at Adams most. I have made so many lifelong relationships through the opportunities at Adams. Surrounding myself with good people these past four years has shaped me to be the best I can be and I will never forget the memories, relationships, and lessons of Adams. 

 

Athlete: William Hart III

University: Detroit mercy

Sport: lacrosse

Question 1: If you could give any advice to current and future athletes what would you say?

Don’t let anyone tell you what you can accomplish. As long as you believe you can and give the effort you’ll be able to accomplish any goal.

Question 2: Why did you choose this university? 

I grew up watching and then training with their players. It’s a great school, great culture and it’s close to home. 

Question 3: What will you miss most about Adams High School?

 My friends 

 

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