Warrior Project recognizes all NCAA-bound student-athletes in first-of-its-kind event

The student-athletes from the graduating class lined up on the stage in a large group photo

They have honed their skills on Niskayuna’s playing fields, courts, track and pool, at the bowling alley and on the river. And next year, they will compete at the next level – intercollegiate athletics – while continuing their work in the classroom.

On Wednesday, May 22, the Warrior Project recognized members of the Class of 2019 who will participate in college athletics at any level next year – all 56 of them! This represents 15 percent of the graduating class. The Warrior Project is a club made up of student-athletes that promotes a healthy lifestyle and school spirit.

In welcoming family members, coaches and other guests to the event at the high school, Principal John Rickert noted that the district traditionally holds signing ceremonies for student-athletes who will play at the Division I level. However, he said the Warrior Project approached him this year about expanding the recognition, which resulted in the May 22 event.

Students who will participate in Division II and III athletics next year were introduced, with their college logo displayed in the background. After signing a ceremonial letter of intent, they were joined by the students who signed Division I letters earlier this year on the auditorium stage for a whole group photo (above).

Congratulations to the following:

Claudia Agostino, College of St. Rose, Women’s Lacrosse

Gabrielle Alston, SUNY Fredonia, Women’s Soccer

Nick Armstrong, Hudson Valley, Men’s Bowling

Hannah Aronowitz, Bentley College, Women’s Lacrosse

Jurgen Bach, Union College, Men’s Lacrosse

Hannah Bachert, Rhode Island, Women’s Rowing

Dan Brownell, St. Michael’s, Men’s Lacrosse

Isabel Bushway, Williams, Women’s Swimming

Matthew Chao, Princeton University, Men’s Diving

Drew Collins, Southern New Hampshire, Men’s Lacrosse

Annabelle Conover, University at Albany, Women’s Lacrosse

Michael Dean, Castleton State, Men’s Lacrosse

Marty Dolan, Binghamton, Men’s Track & Cross Country

Jake Dominikowski, Oneonta, Men’s Lacrosse

Lisa Dong, University of Chicago, Women’s Swimming

Julia Doriski, Roberts Wesleyan, Women’s Soccer

Tyler Ferguson, Plattsburgh, Men’s Lacrosse

Patrick Frank, Vermont, Men’s Cycling

Matt Frankel, College of Saint Rose, Men’s Lacrosse

Nick Fraterrigo, Le Moyne College, Men’s Lacrosse

Kaitlyn Gerstler, SUNY – Oswego, Women’s Swimming

Christian Grigas, Ithaca, Baseball

David Guest, Oneonta, Men’s Lacrosse

Sydney Gushlaw, Oneonta, Women’s Lacrosse

Jeffrey Halusic, Cortland State, Football

Cassidy Harvey, Westfield State, Women’s Lacrosse

Cole Hedden, St. John Fisher, Baseball

Madeleine Hessler, James Madison, Women’s Track & Cross Country

Tessa Hilt, St. Lawrence, Women’s Swiming

Jimmy Joyce, Holy Cross, Men’s Soccer

Griffin King, Brown University, Men’s Lacrosse

Kristina Koes, St. Lawrence, Women’s Track

Charlotte Kokernak, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Women’s Track

Alexa Lashway, Ohio Weslyan, Women’s Lacrosse

Julia LeBlanc, Swarthmore, Field Hockey

Samantha Mazza, SUNY Plattsburgh, Cheerleading

Sydney McPartlon, Union College, Women’s Lacrosse

Grace Minkin, University of Maine, Women’s Track & Cross Country

Gabriel Nish, Le Moyne College, Men’s Lacrosse

Tyra O’Meally-Turnbull, Daemen College, Women’s Basketball

Nicole Overton, Cornell University, Women’s Rowing

Merjan Ozisik, Syracuse University, Men’s Soccer

Julian Pigliavento, SUNY – Plattsburgh, Men’s Lacrosse

Richie Quinn, St. John Fisher, Football

Jane Reffelt, American University, Women’s Lacrosse

Peyton Reihs, Southern New Hampshire, Women’s Lacrosse

Jon Rubonis, Farleigh Dickinson, Football

Tim Schaffer, Cortland, Baseball

Ava Schroeder, University of New Hampshire, Women’s Lacrosse

Alexa Smith, St. Lawrence, Women’s Track

George Tsakalakos, Oxford College, Men’s Soccer

Jordan Van Buren, Cobleskill, Men’s Lacrosse

Gina Voris, Schenectady CC, Women’s Bowling

Aaron Whitley, Rochester, Football

Chloe Willson, SUNY – Geneseo, Women’s Swimming