Seven Goshen High School seniors signed letters of intent to continue their education and athletic careers at college in the fall.
Maegan Allspach, Rebecca Andrews, Jayna Celano, Faith Faber, Erika Fuentes, Kayla Pucci and Hannah Taylor signed their college acceptance letters in front of family and friends during a ceremony in their honor on February 6. Each of them thanked their families, coaches, teachers and friends for their support and helping them to succeed.
According to Matthew O’Brien, Assistant Principal/Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, only roughly 5 percent of high school students will participate in athletics at the collegiate level.
“While this ceremony is a celebration, it is also somewhat bittersweet,” said O’Brien. “We celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in your story, yet this ceremony also symbolizes the end of a journey.”
“I hope you all take this moment for what it is – a reminder that people love you and support you, and will continue doing so as you move forward. Regardless of where your journey takes you, you have a whole community watching you and supporting you.”
As a seventh grader, Maegan Allspach played JV soccer. As a freshman, she played Varsity. Since that time, Maegan has been a four-year starter and two-time captain. As a sophomore, she was named to the Times Herald-Record Second team All-Class A team. A year later, she made the Times Herald-Record first team, was named a Class A all-star, an All-Section IX All-Star, and named to the 6th team all NYS team. Over the weekend, Maegan was again named to the Times Herald-Record 1st team. In addition to anchoring the Girls Varsity Soccer team for many years, Maegan has also played a huge role on the Indoor Track team and has impressed many while playing on the Nirvana 360 Dream club Soccer team.
Not only is she active on the field, but Maegan is also a member of the National Honor Society and World Language Honor Society, and volunteers in the community at the Autism Move-a-thon, the food pantry, and at Goshen’s soccer summer camps.
She will continue her soccer career at Misericordia where she will also major in Speech-Language Pathology.
Rebecca Andrews has achieved a great deal in tennis and in the classroom. She has placed and won several USTA tournaments, finished second at counties, fourth in Section IX, and never lost a league matchup in 3 seasons. She has traveled and trained all over the country, and trained with professionals.
She has remained an honor roll recipient for all of high school, a member of the National Honor Society, has a 4.0 GPA, is the Treasurer of the Varsity Club, and collected several awards for academic excellence. Rebecca will further her career at Ithaca College.
Jayna Celano has been a staple not just in Goshen softball for many years but in our entire school community. She has been a member of the mock trial team, she is the vice president of the Varsity club, a member of Student Government, a member of Odyssey of the Mind and the Drama club, a member of National Honor Society and World Language Honor Society.
Her community service includes volunteering at the local food pantry, blood drive, and to coach at the Orange County Bombers training facility. She is the recipient of the Sojourner Truth leadership award and numerous student-athlete awards.
In addition to leading our softball team, Jayna has been a key contributor to our tennis and basketball programs. She will attend Nyack College.
Faith Faber has played third base for the Varsity team since the 10th grade. She also got some experience as a Varsity player as a Freshman. As just a sophomore – over a 10 game stretch she batted to a 600 average. In addition to excelling here on the field with us – she has also played for the Rapid Fire 18-under team and has been offered a spot on the USA Junior Women’s National softball team.
Faith enjoys coaching younger athletes in softball. She has chosen to go to SUNY Orange because she says it is a great place to start out, and will pursue Criminology.
Erika Fuentes is a member of the National Honor Society. She has played both JV and Varsity Girls Basketball in addition to being a standout member of the Girls Varsity Golf team. Last year at the NYS Championships, Erika placed 31st out of 100 golfers after competing in just two seasons as a golfer. This past summer, she placed first in the Hudson Valley Junior Golf League.
She considers her greatest accomplishment to be being named Metropolitan Junior PGA player of the year for 2018. Erika enjoys music and playing the saxophone, guitar, and piano. She also enjoys being active and hanging with friends and family. Erika has decided to play Division II golf for the College of Saint Rose next year.
As an eighth grader, Kayla Pucci ran Indoor Track. As a sophomore and junior, she competed in the illustrious Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania. She represented Goshen at the Indoor Track NYS and National Championships last year and was named to the US Milesplit second team in 2018 for running a 4:55 in the 1500 meter run.
Also an excellent soccer player, Kayla is a member of the student senate, and of student government. She will continue her career at SUNY Cortland.
In just a short time, Hannah Taylor has turned herself into a standout Volleyball player for the Gladiators. She was the starting setter on the Varsity Volleyball team, helping lead her team to the Section IX playoffs this past year. We were lucky to have her leadership and talent in the softball program for many years as well as Hannah was also a standout softball player.
Hannah has been playing the Viola for 8 years and is an honor roll recipient. SUNY Morrisville has recruited Hannah – that is where she will be going to play Volleyball and major in Environmental Science.