At a ceremony yesterday before their teachers, classmates, and families, four Riverdale athletes signed letters of intent for Harvard University, Stanford University, and Columbia University.
Riverdale Director of Athletics John Pizzi noted that only 2 percent of high school athletes go on to play for Division 1 teams and praised the students for their athletic and academic achievements. "I have enjoyed watching you guys compete for Riverdale," he told them. "You have a left a legacy that will be hard to fill."
In short speeches, the students thanked their parents, coaches, teachers and others.
Penelope Edmonds, a soccer player who will attend Stanford, thanked Jordan Dubin, a football player who will attend Harvard. Saying that they had been best friends since kindergarten when they were known as the "dynamic duo," Edmonds thanked Dubin for playing sports with her and encouraging her athletics.
Dubin recognized his teammates. "You are truly the force that got me here," he said.
Iman Blow, a fencer who won a championship in Croatia last weekend, plans to attend Columbia University. She thanked her parents and coaches for helping her become a "respectful and competitive athlete."
Amaris Hemmings, a soccer and track standout for Riverdale who will play soccer for Columbia, told the group that she never predicted this might happen when she began at the school four years ago."I love the Riverdale community," she said. "I will never forget where I came from: Riverdale."