11 Oak Knoll seniors sign letters of intent to continue athletics in college
Eleven members of the Class of 2021 from Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child continued their commitment to athletic competition at the collegiate level by signing National Letters of Intent, or in the case of the Ivy League institutions, committed to the admissions process, on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
Athletics Director Kelly Childs complimented the student-athletes for contributing to the Oak Knoll community on and off the playing field. Childs said, “You have all earned this opportunity to continue to be a student-athlete at the next level through your hard work and dedication to your academics and athletics. We look forward to watching and supporting you as you pursue your passions and future leadership opportunities. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us and improving our athletics programs.”
Childs also thanked the parents, family members, administrators, faculty and staff members, coaches, teammates, and friends who have all supported the girls throughout their time at Oak Knoll. The 11 girls signed for field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer.
The committed student-athletes celebrated today included the following:
Claire Adelhelm – Lacrosse, University of Vermont
Claire is a four-year member of the lacrosse program and the swim team at Oak Knoll, and was elected to serve as a swim team captain this winter. Over the summer, Claire works as a beach lifeguard and volunteers teaching kids about ocean safety. She has also volunteered alongside her family serving underprivileged children during the holidays and serves as the president of the Caring for Kids Club at Oak Knoll. Claire’s favorite class at Oak Knoll is U.S. History Survey with Ms. Fidler, and her favorite OKS athletics memory is winning the 2019 Lacrosse TOC. Claire will be attending the University of Vermont and playing lacrosse.
Clare Brennan – Field Hockey, Princeton University
Clare has been a member of the varsity field hockey team for four years and is serving as one of the captains this fall season. In 2019, she earned National Field Hockey Coaches Association Academic All-American honors, and was ranked Top 100 players in the United States by Max Field Hockey. Clare has served in a leadership role on the Athletic Council both her junior and senior years and her favorite class at Oak Knoll is AP United States History. Her favorite athletic memory has been winning the 2019 Field Hockey TOC. Clare will be attending Princeton University and playing field hockey.
Annie Burton – Lacrosse, Brown University
Annie has been a member of the lacrosse and soccer teams at Oak Knoll, and earned soccer All-Conference Second Team honors in 2019. Annie serves as a Campus Ministry representative and volunteers with the Buddy Ball in Chatham. Her favorite class has been AP Language and favorite athletic memory at Oak Knoll was winning the 2019 Lacrosse TOC. Annie will be attending Brown University and playing lacrosse.
Keely Comizio – Field Hockey, Yale University
Keely has been a member of both the lacrosse and field hockey programs at Oak Knoll, currently serving as a field hockey captain. In 2019, Keely earned multiple field hockey accolades, including First Team All State, Second Team All-American, National Field Hockey Coaches Association High School All-Academic Squad, and named a Max Field Hockey Top 100 Player. Keely serves as the Grade 9 Peer Leader Coordinator, and is a member of the Glee Club, the Caring for Kids Club, and the Light the Candle Club. Her favorite class at Oak Knoll has been Algebra 2 and Trig sophomore year with Ms. Hannan, and her greatest athletics memory is the 2019 field hockey TOC. Keely will be attending Yale University and playing Field Hockey.
Greta Criqui – Lacrosse, Brown University
Greta is a four-year varsity basketball and lacrosse player, serving as a basketball captain both junior and senior year. Greta has earned three-time All Union County Conference basketball accolades, as well as a member of the Under 2018 National Championship New Jersey Team. Greta was recognized as one of the top basketball and lacrosse players from the class of 2021 each year by NJ.com. Greta serves as President of the Caring for Kids Club, which has helped the St. Peter’s orphanage that serves orphans in New Jersey; is a Grade 9 Peer Leader; and coaches for Building Blocks Lacrosse. Greta is a certified Red Cross Water Rescue Ocean Lifeguard, a Junior Beach Lifeguard Instructor teaching swimming and ocean safety, and has participated in Knit for the Needy. English with Ms. Levchuk has been her favorite class, and winning the 2019 lacrosse TOC is her favorite athletic memory. Greta will be attending Brown University, potentially majoring in Finance and playing lacrosse.
Megan Joel – Field Hockey, Harvard University
Megan has played field hockey for all four years, ran spring track and field for two years, and most recently participated in the squash club last winter. She earned National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad honors in 2019, and is a Max Field Hockey Top 50 player from the class of 2021. Megan serves as the co-president of the Health and Nutrition Club, Grade 6 Peer Leader, Photography Club member, and serves as the Student Council Secretary. Megan is also an AP Scholar. Her favorite class at Oak Knoll has been Biology, and her favorite memory was winning field hockey TOCs in 2017 and 2019. Megan will be attending Harvard University and playing field hockey.
Colleen Quinn – Lacrosse, University of Richmond
Colleen has been a four-year lacrosse and field hockey player, and a three-year basketball player at Oak Knoll. In 2019, Colleen earned Second Team All Group 1 honors for lacrosse and was one of the 20 best-listed on NJ.com’s list of Non-Public A’s 20 best of 2020. Colleen has been the starting field hockey goalie for the past three seasons, earning First Team All State Non-Public North honors in 2018, and Third Team All State in 2019. Colleen currently serves as an Athletic Council representative, Grade 9 Peer Leader, Eucharistic Minister, and is a member of the Glee and Caring for Kids clubs. Her favorite class at Oak Knoll was US History Survey with Ms. Pastor and her greatest athletic memories are winning the 2019 lacrosse and field hockey TOC championships! Colleen will be attending the University of Richmond and playing lacrosse.
Lily Ramsey – Field Hockey, Yale University
Lily has been a four-year member of the field hockey and lacrosse programs at Oak Knoll. She earned First Team Non-Public field hockey accolades in 2018 and 2019, and was named a Max Field hockey regional player to watch in 2020. Lily serves as a Grade 9 Peer Leader, co-president of the Glee Club, and is a student-run homeroom leader. Lily also serves as a deacon at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit. Her favorite class at Oak Knoll has been AP English Language, and her greatest athletics memory was winning the field hockey TOC in 2019. Lily will be attending Yale University in the fall and playing field hockey.
Sara Rogers – Lacrosse, Lafayette College
Sara has been a four-year member of the field hockey, lacrosse and swim teams at Oak Knoll, currently serving as one of the swim team captains this winter. Sara is a member of the Glee Club and serves as an Eucharistic Minister, while also helping as a church retreat leader. Her favorite class at Oak Knoll is AP Statistics and her greatest memory is winning TOC championships in Field Hockey and Lacrosse in 2019. Sara will be attending Lafayette College in the fall and playing lacrosse.
Jacqueline Snyder – Soccer, College of the Holy Cross
Jacqueline has been a four-year member of the varsity soccer program at Oak Knoll, serving this fall as one of the two captains. She is co-president of the Health and Nutrition Club and a Peer Leader. Jacqueline volunteers at the Overlook Hospital Auxiliary wing raising money to support the hospital and the Camp Clover bereavement camp for children. Jacqueline is also an AP Scholar. Her favorite Oak Knoll class has been AP Environmental Science and greatest athletics memory has been winning the 2018 Soccer State Sectional Championship. Jacqueline will be attending the College of the Holy Cross majoring in business or finance and playing soccer.
Gabby Volpe – Field Hockey, Cornell University
Gabby has been a four-year member of the field hockey and ice hockey teams and has played lacrosse at Oak Knoll. In 2019, Gabby was named Third Team All-State, First Team Non-Public and was named to the Max Field Hockey Watch List. Gabby serves as a Grade 8 Peer Leader, Eucharistic Minister, and a member of the Glee Club. Her favorite class has been Functions and Trig with Ms. Widder and Winning the 2019 Field hockey TOC has been her greatest athletics memory. Gabby will be attending Cornell University in the fall, majoring in economics and playing field hockey.