Arapahoe High School scholar athletes were honored last week for their accomplishments at the annual signing day event. The Warriors had 38 students who received this recognition during the school year.
Photos by Tom Barry
Arapahoe High School scholar athletes were honored last week for their accomplishments at the annual signing day event. The Warriors had 38 students who received this recognition during the school year.Photos by Tom Barry
By Tom Barry
Recently, more than 1,200 students – over half of the school body, plus parents and faculty – showed up at Arapahoe High’s cafeteria for an annual event honoring student athletes. Steve Sisler, the school’s athletic director and an assistant principal, began the celebratory ceremony.
Sisler began the ritual by saying how proud he and the community were of all of the 15 students who had maintained high grades while competing in their respective sports. Students sat together in the front row, as they were announced one-by-one going up to the stage.
Each of the students honored wore T-shirts representing the respective college or university they would be attending.
“Some students signed formal letters of intent, while others had verbally expressed their intent to ‘walk-on’ to the respective teams,” said Sisler. “We honor them all.”
Arapahoe’s Principal Natalie Pramenko congratulated the parents as they walked to the stage. Janelle Weems, Sisler’s assistant, effectively planned and coordinated the lively and colorful event.
In signing ceremonies this school year, Arapahoe has recognized 38 scholar-athletes. Most of the students have received academic scholarships to the places of higher learning. These individuals will attend schools that participate in NCAA Division 1 to Division 3 level programs.
Steve Sisler, Arapahoe’s athletic director and an assistant principal, stands behind the podiuma. Principal Natalie Pramenko on right claps as the AD calls out a student athlete’s name for acknowledgment.
Melissa Barella will be attending Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., on a track and academic scholarships, as she has a 3.8 GPA. Barella will major in biology and hopes to attend medical school. She is pictured with her mom Dona, sister Elaine, a junior at Arapahoe, and dad Scott. Favorite team memory – “At a qualifying state meet the long jump bar was raised it to 5-foot-1.25, and then to 5-foot-2’, and finally I had cleared 5-foort-4, which was not only a personal record, but a school record.”
A proud Amanda Arbogast, who maintains a 3.4 GPA, will be on the pom/dance team at CSU. She is here posing with her Tom Toms Coach Kay Seastone and Nicole Bruhn who will attend the Univ. of Minnesota and perform and maintains a 4.1 GPA. Arbogast will study business and hopes to become a marketing director. Favorite team memory: “This year, we won state and this is the first time in 15 years that the Toms won this competition. This was my senior year and I was a captain.”
Jordan Seitz will attend Regis University and will be on their cross-country team. She maintains a 3.5 GPA and also runs track competing in short and long distance races. She is pictured with her dad Jamie and mom Kelly.
Ryan Smith will attend Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., and play lacrosse. He has a 2.9 GPA. Favorite team memory: “Probably sitting on the plane with my coach when heading back from spring break talking about things he did in high school – Coach Ryan Price.”
Ethan Pfeiffer will attend the Colorado School of Mines.
Thomas Trotman will attend and play basketball for Rockhurst University. He has a 3.0 GPA and may study sports management. This point guard shared the limelight with his parents Bodessa and Thomas. Favorite team memory: “Definitely making it to the state championship last year, complimented our great season.”
Very proud Arapahoe High basketball coaches Jerry Knafelc and Tim Slabach flank Stacey Lukasiewicz, Karlyn Johnson, Carly Buechler and Molly Reidel, who were honored as student athletes.
Michael Sosnowski, a tennis player, will attend Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla He maintains a 3.6 GPA. He is joined by his parents Andrzej and Kari and his sister Michelle.
Carly Buechler, a basketball point guard, will attend Whittier College in California. She received an academic scholarship with her 3.5 GPA. She is joined by her dad Bruce, twin sister Alex who also played on the team and will attend University of Colorado, and mom Cindy. Favorite team memory: “Definitely making it to the final four and getting to play at CU in Boulder.”
Morgan Dickie will attend and swim at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. She is joined by her mom Sandy, sister Kennedy and her dad Bob. Dickie has a 3.7 GPA and plans to study environmental engineering. “My favorite team memory from Arapahoe’s swim team is singing Lean On Me in the locker room before all of our home meets.”
Gabrielle Morley, a swimmer, will attend Colorado State University and has a 3.7 GPA. She trains for a club team and is up at 4:30 a.m. every day for practice and plans to swim on the Rams team in her second year. Morley is joined by her mom Julianna and her sister Olivia, a freshman who also swims for the Warriors.
Jack Goodreau incurred a broken wrist in late April during a lacrosse game and will play attacker for Adams State College. He maintains a 3.0 GPA and received an academic scholarship and intends to study psychology. He shared the stage with his mom Gina, brother Samuel and dad Marc. Favorite team memory – “Winning state last year with a 19 and 0 record.”
Savannah Rose will attend the University of Hawaii in Oahu and plans to swim for their team and wants to become an event planner. She has a 3.5 GPA and was joined by her grandma Mary Rose and her parents Gene and Olivia. Favorite team memory: “I think it was my senior year becoming so close with the team and my coaches and spending all my time with them.”
Karlyn Johnson will attend Regis University and also play basketball. She has a 3.9 GPA and received athletic and academic scholarships. She is joined by her brothers Jordan and Dylan and her dad Wayne. Favorite team memory: “Every single moment spent with my teammates was so much fun. We are more than teammates, really. We’re sisters.”
Stacy Lukasiewicz is joined by her family, Jenna, Kevin, Kyle, her parents Julie and Ward and on the bottom row Karissa, Stacey, Steven. She will attend Seattle Pacific University and play basketball for the Falcons. Lukasiewicz has a 4.06 GPA.
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