Surrounded by family, friends, teachers, and coaches, three Colorado Academy Seniors celebrated their official NCAA National Letter of Intent signing on November 10.
Emily Silliman will play Lacrosse at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Jack Gerber will play Lacrosse at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., and Maya Kendall will play Lacrosse for the Big Green at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
“CA is extremely proud of our student-athletes,” said Head of School Mike Davis. “You represent the school in distinguished ways every time you step on the field and model exceptional citizenship with your engagement off-field with classmates and our school community.”
Director of Athletics Bill Hall pointed out the challenges of navigating the recruiting process during a pandemic. “For all the administrators, coaches, and families who have made this day possible, I want to say ‘thank you,’ ” said Hall. “If it weren’t for you, we would not be here today, celebrating and recognizing the wonderful journey these three students are on.”
Emily Silliman has attended CA since Pre-K, making her a “Super-Lifer.” She is a multi-sport athlete: in addition to playing Lacrosse, she competes on the volleyball court and in the swimming pool. Hall referred to her as “dynamic on and off the field…demonstrating quiet leadership that resonates with everyone.”
She also loves to read and write poetry, is an excellent student in chemistry and advanced biology, and is interested in studying forensic science, industrial psychology, or criminology.
Hall said it was “an understatement to say that Jack loves people. He will be a great mayoral candidate, if that’s what he wants to do.”
Gerber, a multi-sport athlete in Lacrosse, Ice Hockey, and Golf, was named All-League in Ice Hockey last year and All-League and All-State in Lacrosse last spring.
He particularly enjoys English and science classes at CA and is an advanced ceramics student.
Maya Kendall is another Super-Lifer at CA. She, too, is a multi-sport athlete and was First Team All-League and Honorable Mention All-State in Lacrosse last spring, as well as All-League in Field Hockey in fall 2021. About Kendall, Lacrosse Coach Laura Sandbloom says, “She has become the perfect teammate, growing from a wide-eyed Freshman to a Senior who has figured out how to be a leader by supporting others.”
Kendall is a Co-President of HOPE, a passionate photographer, and she plans to study government/history or economics/business at Dartmouth.