Stow-Munroe Falls High School has sent scores of athletes on to the collegiate level.
The Class of 2020 at Stow began to add to that legacy Friday.
Five Stow-Munroe Falls seniors committed to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level.
The commits included Daniel Paige (Cleveland State University, wrestling); Jordan Seaman (University of Akron, soccer); Julie Csernyik (Kent State University, soccer); McKenzie Klingensmith (Lourdes University, soccer); and Elora Nicholas (Notre Dame College, lacrosse).
A two-time All-Ohioan in wrestling, Paige carries a 3.7 grade-point average at Stow and plans to major in chemical engineering at CSU. He noted CSU’s recent editions to its chemistry department were a big reason for his choice, as he also considered Kent State and Brown University.
"I wanted to wrestle at the Division I level," Paige said. "I loved the coaches. I love the campus. I think it’s going to be fun to wrestle in Cleveland. I like what they’ve done with the facilities up there."
Paige said he likely will wrestle at 157 or 165 pounds for the Vikings.
While Seaman is a senior at Stow, he did play boys soccer for the Bulldogs, concentrating his play with the Cleveland Internationals academy.
Seaman carries a 3.7 grade-point average at Stow and plans to major in political science/pre-law at Akron, while playing at left back for the Zips. While he also considered attending Wake Forest, Seaman said Akron was the right place for his professional aspirations.
"I want to play professional soccer and Akron was the right program to help me get there," Seaman said.
Csernyik carries a 3.8 grade-point average at Stow and will major in political science at Akron.
Csernyik said the Golden Flashes wanted her as "utility player," as she noted she always looked to play at Cleveland State, Youngstown State, Ohio University and East Carolina.
"I really liked the program," Csernyik said. "The school fit my major and I really like the team."
Klingensmith heads to the Lourdes University, which is an NAIA college located in Sylvania. A captain of the Bulldogs soccer team, she carries a 3.9 grade-point average and will major in middle school education, while playing at defensive midfielder for the Grey Wolves.
"I liked the small class sizes," Klingensmith said. "The team seems really close. I was treated well when I stayed overnight there."
Klingensmith said she also had an offer from Lake Erie College to play.
Nicholas said she wanted to stay close to home to play lacrosse and chose NDC over "several Pennsylvania schools."’
"It was perfect for me," Nicholas said.
Nicholas carries a 3.8 grade-point average and plans to study biology at NDC with an eye toward becoming a dermatologist.
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