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2008 College Decisions
By: Kevin Milsted

104 graduates from the class of 2008 shared their college decisions with

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NameHigh SchoolCollegeComment

Philip AdamsDeMathaMary WashingtonXC/Track

Kathy AherneNorthwestUNC Wilmingtonxc and track

Alison AlbrechtMagruderSusquehanna University

Owoade AyorindeWinston ChurchillUniversity of MarylandXC/ Track

Nick BaxSt. AlbansPrincetonlightweight crew

petros beinclarksburg methodist universityrunning track

Nick BettsDamascusVCU

Cory BoatmanGood CounselSyracuseFootball

Alex BodakenEinstein High SchoolUniversity of WisconsinYo, I'm done, son

Zach BoodieSpringbrookMorgan State

Sarah BrittonRichard MontgomeryWashington Universiy in St. Louisxc/track

Liz CalhounWoottonGeorgia Tech

Efayomi CarrSt. AlbansUniversity Of PennsylvaniaTrack

Ian ChaslerMagruderUniversity of South Carolinawalk on (if i feel good)

Brandon ClarkGood CounselLa Salle Track

Alexander ConantWJBowdoin CollegeXC and Track

Grace CorbettSherwoodUMD-College Park

kereem cumberbatchgaithursburgsalisbury university

Drew DagganDamascusWaynesburg universitytrack and football

Neal DarmodyQuince OrchardHigh Point UniversityCross Country and Track

Holly DefnetPoolesvilleSalisbury UniversityTrack and Field

Sebi Devlin-FoltzEinsteinOccidental CollegeXC/Track/Warm Weather

kelsey dorsetquince orchardappalachian state universityplaying field hockey

Becky DurlingNational CathedralUniversity ChicagoXC/Track

Alix DyerFrench InternationalEmory Collegesprints

Emma EckerstromNorthwestColgateXC/Track

Ifeanyi EdochieGeorgetown Preparatory SchoolLehigh Universitytrack

Brendan EtzelRichard MontgomeryIUPsprints

Alonzo Evans-ChaseRichard MontgomeryUnited States Marine CorpsIts not college but the real deal.

Suzanne FalkWoottonUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison jumps

carlye fennerdamascus high schoolMC-Rockville CampusMy sister & I want to run XC,Indoor, & Outdoor Track.

Ian FrancisWJEmoryTrack&Field

Emilio GalisMagruderDuquesne(possibly) XC

Morgane GayWalt WhitmanUniverstiy of VirginiaXC/Track

Monica GeraldBlakeTowson

Brian GravesWalter JohnsonAppalachian State Track and Cross

Johanna GretschelMontgomery BlairTulane Universitytrack/XC

Charlie GrimsleyWalter JohnsonClemson

Louise HannallahWinston ChurchillVanderbilt UniversityXC/ Track

Daniel HausmanSherwoodPittsburghUltimate Frisbee

Chase HendrigsmanWalt WhitmanLSUif extremely lucky walk on track

Chris HoganGood CounselWest Virginia Track?/XC?

Yoshi HoriguchiWoottonUMBCMusic

Denesha JilesSt. John's College HSWinston-Salem State Univ

John JonesPaint Branch High SchoolDelaware State Univ.

Josh JosonQuince OrchardIUPdistance

Joseph KellyAlbert EinsteinSaint Augustine's collegeI do plan to run track, and from what i hear and know the are the best in D2

Sharif KronemerSpringbrook Ohio- Wesleyan UniversityCross Country/ Track

David LarattaQuince OrchardLa SalleTrack and XC

Michael LeamanClarksburgMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyXC/ Track

Kevin levineChurchillWashington University

James LoughB-CCUnited States Military AcademyTrack

Iona MachadoWoottonCornell University

Mohamed MansarayMontgomery BlairFIUgreat track program and basketball

Max MarinelliLandonColorado CollegeCross Country

Ian McDermottGood CounselUniversity of Maryland, College ParkXC and Track (hopefully)

Erin McManusWinston Churchill VanderbiltXC/Track

Mike MigdallQuince OrchardOberlinXC & Track

Ashley MitchellHolton-ArmsWashington University in St. LouisTrack

Chris MoenWJApp st.cross country and track

Rafi MoersenWJGeorge Washingtonxc (hopefully)

Marcelo MorinigoWalter JohnsonUniversity of San Diego

Leslie MorrisonWalt WhitmanDukeTrack

Morgan MottClarksburgmethodist im done with high school track

Christina MullenBlairDickinson CollegeUndecided

Ryan MullsteffDamascusLoyola University Chicagoplaying volleyball

Jordan MyersGood CounselVillanovaTrack

Ashleigh NesseltPoolesvilleTowson University

William OrndorffRockville High SchoolLynchburg College

Artem PanasenkovQuince OrchardRochester Institute of TechnologyXC/ Track (Steeple)

David PayneNorthwoodHowardTrack and Football

Derrick PowellNorthwoodMarist CollegeFull scholarship for football also running track


Jacquie PriceWalter JohnsonLehigh Universitypossibly track

Darius RayMagruderMontgomery CollegeTrack

Giovanni ReumanteNorthwoodHampton UniversityXC and Track

Chad RogersDematha Catholic High SchoolNorth Carolina A&T State UniversityMiddle Distance/XC

Arleigh RoseSherwood High SchoolColorado State UniversityHammer, Discus, & Shot Put

Johns RossThe Potomac SchoolDukeXC / Track

Veronica SalcidoWoottonUniversity of Pennsylvania

Liza SchalchWhitmanAmherst

Adam SchnappBlakeUNC AshevilleXC/Track

Nilan SchnureMontgomery Blair High SchoolPrinceton Universityhopefully walk on for track

Aaron SchulmanWJUniv Colorado- BoulderMay run track

Kyle ShortBCCWashington University in St. LouisXC/Track

Kenny SiuWoottonMaryland

Russell SpeidenSherwoodElizabethtown College

Becca StinnerNorthwestSalisbury

Dylan StraughanBCCDickinson CollegeXC/Track

Matthew SushinskyThe HeightsUniversity of Notre Dame

Martin SwiftEinsteinCarnegie MellonBagpipes and pole vault

Ebou TouraySpringbrookGoucher

Louis VarellaBlairJackson State

Pat VaughanGood CounselHarvard UniversityChess Team

Evan VaughnJohn F. Kennedy Rochester Institute of Technologytrack

DeRon von BallmoosWatkins MillGeorge Mason UniversityI will be running track for GMU in the upcoming season

Carter WardGonzagaFordham UniversityMiddle Distance

Rianne WebbRichard Montgomery HSBrown UniversityTrack

Akia WesleyWJHoward

Courtney WhalenMagruderElon UniversityXC/track

Keenan WoodsNorthwoodMorgan StateWalk on track & field

Garvey YoungGeorgetown PrepVermont

Wil ZahorodnyDamascusUNC Wilmington

Jill ZdenekWhitmanVermont

Brendan Etzel of Richard Montgomery has signed to run track with Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). IUP is a Division II school about an hour east of Pittsburgh.
This past indoor season, Brendan was the county, region, and 4A state champion in the 300-meter dash. He finished the indoor season ranked in the top 5 in the nation in the 300 with his season best time of 34.47. He has competed on multiple state champion relay teams and has helped his team to win the past five indoor and outdoor county titles. Above, he is pictured with Richard Montgomery head track coach Matt Wheeler.

Leslie Morrison of Whitman High School will attend Duke University in the fall. Leslie has racked up nine individual county titles in her high school career, including three consecutive indoor 500-meter county titles and five consecutive indoor and outdoor 800-meter county titles. She has won an outdoor 800-meter state title in a personal best 2:14.02 and an outdoor state title this year in the 1600 in a personal best 5:04.59. She hopes to focus on the 1500 in college.

Louise Hannallah of Churchill High School signed with Vanderbilt University to run cross country and track. Louise has been one of the top runners in Maryland for four years. She has won two county titles in the 3200m run with a personal record of 11:06. She finished in the top 5 in each of the last 3 cross country county and state championship meets. She was recently named to the Washington Post All-Met cross country team and was named Maryland's Gatorade Athlete of the Year for the 2007 cross country season.

Morgane Gay of Whitman High School signed with the University of Virginia to run cross country and track. Morgane first started running at an elite level in her sophomore year on Whitman's nationally ranked 4x800m relay and DMR. She came on very strong in her junior year when she smashed the county cross country course record and was later named a Washington Post All-Met athlete. She went on to win numerous country, region, and state titles in the 1600m run with a personal record of 4:55. This fall she again broke her county course cross country record and was named a repeat All-Met athlete.

Erin McManus of Churchill High School will be joining her teammate Louise Hannallah for four more years at Vanderbilt University beginning next fall. As Vanderbilt recruited Louise, it did not take long for them to realize that there would be a place on the roster for Erin as well. She tore up cross country courses last fall with a personal best time of 18:43. She was fifth at the county championship and eighth at the state championship. She also recently placed 2nd in the county in the 3200-meter run with a personal best time of 11:23.

Louis Varella will be attending Jackson State University in Jackson Mississippi this fall. Louis was accepted into Jackson States Honors College, where he will major in Biology with a concentration in Physical Therapy.

Louis was also awarded a track scholarship to run for the Division I Blue Tigers. He developed along with his teammates at Blair to form some of the fastest sprint relays this county has ever seen. Despite some injuries in his high school career, he finished his senior year with county and regional titles in the 400-meter dash and the fastest 400-meter time of's three year history at 48.48.

Damascus Hornets Drew Daggan and Amanda Zyzak have committed to join the Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets, an NCAA Division III team located in Waynesburg, PA about an hour south of Pittsburgh. Drew has risen to become a state level competitor in the throwing events this year. Amanda does it all for Damascus and will do the heptathlon and cross country in college.

Wil Zahorodny has signed with UNC Wilmington to compete in cross country and track and major in marine biology. UNC Wilmington is an NCAA Division I school which competes in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). This past indoor season, Wil set the county and state records in the 500-meter dash, at one point running the fastest time in the nation at that distance. He also helped his 3200-meter relay team break the 3A state record. He was named the 2008 Washington Post Indoor Track All-Met Athlete of the Year.
Elisabeth Warren of Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, Maryland recently selected for the 2008 All Gazette 1st Track Team member has signed a National Letter of Intent and will attend Fordham University in New York City on track scholarship. Fordham is a D-1 program that competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference in all sports except football which they play in the Patriot League. Elisabeth will compete in the 100, 200, 400, Long Jump and possibly the Triple Jump at Fordham. She is part of highly recruited incoming class.

Elisabeth is a 4 time All-ISL Selection and the 2008 Long Jump Champion. She holds three school records in the 100 (12.25); 200 (25.62), Long Jump (17'2.25) and ran 58.33 in the 400 meters. She was a starter on Holy Child's varsity soccer and basketball teams and a member of the National Honor Society. Elisabeth is one of eight seniors from the 2008 senior class of 80 students that will compete at the D - 1 level from Holy Child.

Rachel Karanian of Connelly School of the Holy Child has signed to play soccer and run track for Loyola College of Baltimore. Rachel is a All-ISL Track and Soccer selection and 2008 All Met Honorable Mention in soccer. Rachel is member of Holy Child school record relay teams - 4 X 100 (50.21), 4 X 200 (1:46.53) and 4 x 400 (4:06.43). She is an ISL 400 and 200 meter finalist and has run 59.23 and 26.61 in the 400 and 200 meters respectively. In recognition of her talent, Loyola has agreed to her competing in both sports. While at Holy Child, Rachel was a multi-sport athlete competing in soccer, varsity swimming and track. She holds the school record of most goals in a season (22) and will play for Loyola which is two time MAAC soccer champions. The Greyhounds have the top D-1 women's program in Maryland and have made the NCAA Women's soccer tournament the last two years.


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