South Orangetown Central School District

Five senior athletes, joined by family, friends, coaches and administrators, signed letters of intent during a National Signing Day ceremony at Tappan Zee High School this morning!

They are:

  • Isabelle Conway, Furman University, Women’s Lacrosse
  • Ariana Kupi, College of St. Rose, Women’s Basketball
  • Catie O’Keefe, Boston University, Women’s Lacrosse
  • Julia Palitti, Bucknell University, Women’s Soccer
  • Kathryn Staker, Marist College, Women’s Lacrosse

“It is with great pride that we can celebrate the achievements of these student-athletes,” said Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Bill Pilla. “It is remarkable for a school our size to have so many students signing letters of intent on National Signing Day–and the fact that all of these athletes are girls is a tribute to the strength of our girls programs. These student-athletes are not only the best of the best on the field of competition, they also demonstrate excellence in the classroom and in the community. Their hard work and dedication to their craft is astounding and today they celebrate with their families, our department, and our school the outcome of it all. What is even more satisfying is that all these student athletes will play multiple sports this year…truly the best of the best!”

The National Letter of Intent (NLI) is a binding contract between the student-athlete and the four-year, NCAA Division 1 or Division 2 college they are committing to play for and includes the athletic aid agreement or athletic scholarship being offered for the student-athlete’s first academic year. The NLI does not guarantee admission; recruited athletes must also meet NCAA eligibility and college admission requirements.

Student-athletes who plan to continue competing after high school may do so at the intramural, club or inter-collegiate level. To compete at the intercollegiate level, students may need to register with the NCAA. To determine academic eligibility for Division 1 and 2 athletics, prospective college athletes should visit the NCAA Eligibility Center. Students interested in playing a sport in college must inform their school counselor as early as possible. The school counselor plays a vital role in ensuring that student-athletes take the proper coursework required for NCAA Academic eligibility.

Congratulations, Isabelle, Ariana, Catie, Julia and Kathryn!

2022 athletes signing National Letters of Intent