Seniors recognized at National Signing Day


Mia Ribich

Manheim Township’s National Signing Day ceremony was held in the high school arena on Wednesday, February 2. 25 students from the Class of 2022 were recognized for their commitment to various post-secondary institutions to further their academic and athletic careers.

Eight students are headed to Division I schools following graduation. Zoe Arcudi will be playing field hockey at Towson University to major in business. For track and field, Darren Cammauf is headed to Saint Joseph University to also major in business. Three seniors will be on their university’s lacrosse teams: Xander Johnson to major in health science at Cleveland State, Devon Nee to study criminology at Kennesaw State University, and Sydney Witwer to major in pre-law and business at William and Mary. Additionally, John Henry Gingrich will be attending Villanova University to be a member of the men’s swim team and study in their school of business. Benjamin Shenoskey will play baseball for Virginia Tech with a major in business information technology, and Delaney Smith will attend the University of Pennsylvania to play softball with an undecided major.

Another eight students are attending Division II schools to pursue their sport as well as their education. Both Michael Heckman and JT Weaver will play baseball for Shippensburg University; Heckman plans to major in exercise science and Weaver will study business. Another senior playing baseball is Ryan Flury, who plans to attend Bloomsburg University with a major in business. Lilly Slater is also attending Bloomsburg University, to be a member of their track and field team and major in medical imaging. Two students committed to schools for lacrosse: Alyssa Dotter at East Stroudsburg University with a major in early childhood education, and Tyler Moritzen at Mercyhurst University to study athletic training. Madison Kurtz will be attending Mansfield University to play field hockey and pursue health science. Finally, Annika Smith plans to go to Clarion University to play softball and major in psychology.

Nine seniors plan to attend Division III schools this upcoming fall. Three students committed to college to play field hockey: Bailey Miller, Keliah Santiago, and Cadence Taylor. Miller is headed to Washington and Jefferson College to pursue education, Santiago plans to attend Albright College with a major in secondary education, and Taylor will go to Arcadia University to study criminal justice. Avery Palandjian will be playing tennis at Gettysburg College to major in health sciences, and Jane Farrell plans to study architecture and urban planning at Bryn Mawr College where she will be part of the swim team. Two students will be playing lacrosse: Garrett Campagna and Lucian Li. Campagna has committed to MIT with an undecided major, and Li plans to attend Kenyon College to study pre-med. To major in health sciences with a concentration in physical therapy, Faith McGowan will go to Messiah University to play for the women’s volleyball team. Lastly, Fisher Druck plans to attend Penn State Harrisburg to play baseball and pursue accounting.

In addition to the students, family and friends were able to attend in support as well as Athletic Director Jason Strunk and Principal Dave Rilatt. Also present to promote school spirit was the Marching Band Drumline, Dance Team, and Cheer Team.