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Fourteen Kingswood Oxford Seniors Plan to Play Collegiate Sports

KO seniors who plan to play collegiate sports (Seated, from left): Jackie Dufour, Callie Miles, Claudia Udolf, Helena Roland, Taryn Braz). Standing, from left, Elijah Langston, Reid Collins, Collin Brantner, Matt Luther, Fen Deskus, Max Petrie.
KO seniors who plan to play collegiate sports (Seated, from left): Jackie Dufour, Callie Miles, Claudia Udolf, Helena Roland, Taryn Braz). Standing, from left, Elijah Langston, Reid Collins, Collin Brantner, Matt Luther, Fen Deskus, Max Petrie.

During an April 3 ceremony packed with family, coaches, teammates, and friends, a dozen Kingswood Oxford seniors announced their intention to compete in athletics at the collegiate level.

These are in addition to two students – Patrick Hallisey (golf at Boston College) and Gage Sanders (lacrosse at the University of Tampa) -- who had announced their commitments in December 2013.

Together, these 14 students represent 15% of KO’s Class of ’14 – a remarkably high number compared with national statistics, according to KO Athletic Director Sue Cabot.

“Nationally, only about 4% of the Class of ’14 will move on to play collegiate athletics,” said Cabot. “Your dedication, hard work, and sacrifice have afforded you this opportunity, and on behalf of our entire athletic department, I want to congratulate all of you.”

Head of School Dennis Bisgaard echoed her praise, adding that he was particularly struck by how much these student-athletes had achieved off the playing fields, as well: “You are also musicians, artists, class leaders, Cum Laude honor society members – this is a very impressive group!”

The student-athletes are:

Taryn Braz, Simsbury                   Providence College (Softball)

Collin Brantner, Farmington          Macalester College (Baseball)

Reid Collins, West Hartford           Dickinson College (Baseball)

Fen Deskus, Willington                  Western New England College (Football)

Jackie Dufour, East Hampton         St. Lawrence University (Softball)

Sam Goddard, Glastonbury            Colorado College (Cross Country)

Patrick Hallisey, Wethersfield         Boston College (Golf)

Elijah Langston, Bridgeport            Amherst College (Football)

Matt Luther, West Hartford             Fordham University (Swimming)

Callie Miles, Hartford                       Dickinson College (Swimming)

Max Petrie, Madison                       Bates College (Football)

Helena Roland, West Hartford        Union College (Basketball)

Gage Sanders, Avon                       U of Tampa (Lacrosse)

Claudia Udolf, West Hartford          Tufts University (Squash)

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