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Eight Mepham seniors sign with college teams

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Most high schools have but a handful of student-athletes who go on to play sports in college. This year, Mepham High School has eight.

Mepham recently held a ceremony at which the student-athletes signed their letters of intent to play in college. “This is the largest signing we’ve had since I have been here,” said Mepham Principal Michael Harrington. “It just makes us very proud. This is a wonderful day.”

According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, 2 to 4 percent of high school athletes play in college.

Below are profiles of each of the student-athletes.

ToniMarie Valeriano

Age: 16

Hometown: Bellmore

Sport: Softball

Will attend: Queens College

Number of years

playing at Mepham: Four

Travel team: Long Island Express

Plans to major in: Sociology

Hopes to become: A police officer

Christine Rizzacasa

Age: 17

Hometown: Bellmore

Sport: Softball

Will attend: NYIT

Number of years

playing at Mepham: Three

Travel team: Long Island Express

Plans to major in: Physical therapy

Hopes to become: A physical therapist

Erika Anzalone

Age: 17

Hometown: Bellmore

Sport: Soccer

Will attend: SUNY Stony Brook

Number of years

playing at Mepham: Two

Travel team: Albertson Fury ’95

Plans to major in: Pre-veterinary

Hopes to become: A veterinarian

Emily Schmitt

Age: 17

Hometown: Bellmore

Sport: Soccer

Will attend: Rider University

Number of years

playing at Mepham: Four

Travel team: East Meadow Sparks

Plans to major in: Business

Connor Gordon

Age: 18

Hometown: Bellmore

Sport: Baseball

Will attend: Davidson College

Travel team: Long Island Tigers

Number of years

playing at Mepham: Two

Plans to major in: Economics

Dylan Stock

Age: 17

Hometown: Bellmore

Sport: Baseball

Will attend: Binghamton University

Number of years

playing at Mepham: Four

Travel team: Long Island Whalers

Plans to major in: Criminal justice

Dominick Raheb

Age: 17

Hometown: Bellmore

Sport: Lacrosse

Will attend: Molloy College

Number of years

playing at Mepham: Four

Travel team: Long Island Pride

Plans to major in: Accounting

Hopes to become: A FBI agent

Christopher Vento

Age: 17

Hometown: Bellmore

Sport: Lacrosse

Will attend: Belmont Abbey College in

North Carolina

Number of years

playing at Mepham: Four

Travel team: Recon Lacrosse

Plans to major in: Criminal justice