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Foothill athletes sign letters of intent

Seven student-athletes commit to college programs across United States

In honor of National Signing Day, seven Foothill High student-athletes were recognized at a small ceremony Wednesday morning where they signed their letters of intent with colleges from all across the United States.

"If you're sitting at this table right now, you know what dedication is," said Foothill principal Jason Krolikowski. "If you're sitting at this table right now, you know what commitment is."

The following seniors signed with college sports programs Wednesday:

* Lacy Dagen: gymnastics, University of Florida

* Kyle Kearns: football, Wake Forest University

* Ryan Knop: golf, UC Davis

* Isaiah Langley: football, University of Southern California

* Mikaela Malave: soccer, California State University, Stanislaus

* Julienne Pin: soccer, Cal State East Bay

* Carley Robertson: soccer, Santa Clara University.

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Posted by AVHS Parent
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Feb 5, 2015 at 9:47 am

Congratulations to the Foothill Athletes! Very disappointed Amador did not acknowledge or their athletes on an important day like this.


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Posted by Birdland Parent
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 5, 2015 at 10:37 am

Congratulations to these amazing scholar atheletes!!!

And yes, Amador should have acknowledged their students who signed with colleges.


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 5, 2015 at 1:48 pm

Congratulations to all. These are young people who have put in countless hours perfecting their talents. Most kids their age don't have that kind of drive so they ought to be saluted.
Amador Valley, are you listening?


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Posted by Scott Walsh
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 5, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Anybody know what Amador athletes signed letters to colleges?


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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 5, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Billie is a registered user.

"If you're sitting at this table right now, you know what dedication is," said Foothill principal Jason Krolikowski. "If you're sitting at this table right now, you know what commitment is."

Congrats to these students for getting a college ride based on their athletic ability! I'm sure they worked hard to achieve it.

I don't believe however, that dedication and commitment are limited to students with athletic ability. These students are only *seven* of the many Pleasanton seniors who know what dedication and commitment are. Some dedicated and committed students are going on to college based on their academic prowess. Others, who are neither athletically nor academically gifted, are going to college just because they are determined to get a higher education. Some dedicated and committed seniors who either choose not to, or are unable to, attend a 4-year college, instead work while attending a JC or a technical school. And still others, who indeed know what dedication and commitment are, have to put college on hold and go to work for a living.

So, my congratulations and wish for health, happiness and success goes out to every dedicated and committed senior as they move forward on their life path.


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 6, 2015 at 9:01 am

Billie -

Couldn't have said it better myself.


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Posted by Nosy Neighbors
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 6, 2015 at 10:52 am

Nosy Neighbors is a registered user.

..."Billie", not to detract any attention away from your obviously gifted child but the reason the NLI Day is this early in the school year is to provide the student/athletes proper time to coordinate not only their respective sports training and off season requirements but to work with their schools counselors and staff to schedule classes, tutoring, housing and other incidentals prior to attending college. The sacrifices and hard work that these student/athletes have put into their four years of High School is something to commend and deserves proper attention and accolades from our local media to showcase what these talented and gifted students have accomplished. By mitigating and diminishing the merits of their achievements to further the "no child left behind/everybody gets a participation award" mentality you do a great disservice to their efforts.


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 6, 2015 at 11:38 am

Nosy Neighbors -

Clearly you have one of these kids in sports and you're getting defensive. That's fine. Mine are in sports too. I just had one go off to play college ball; he signed in the fall of his Senior year.

The point is more that while it is important to celebrate these kids, there are lots of kids worth celebrating.

Where are the ceremonies for signing letters of intent for kids that took 5 AP classes a quarter, got near perfect SAT's and are signing with the college of their choice?

Yay your kid is dedicated and you seem very committed to that process but so are many, many others...

This is just another demonstration of the over-glorification of sports in this country. Sorry. True.


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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 6, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Billie is a registered user.

Nosy Neighbors,
I guess you missed the part where I congratulated these seven seniors on their hard work. Let me say it again. Congratulations!!

Contrary to your opinion, recognizing that the qualities of hard work, dedication and commitment are not limited to seven talented student athletes is in no way "mitigating and diminishing the merits of their achievements", nor does it do a "disservice to their efforts".

It would certainly be a shame if any student thought that celebrating positive qualities in others in any way diminished them or their achievements. Or that students who are athletically talented and gifted are entitled to "proper attention and accolades" while all others fall into a "no child left behind/everybody gets a participation award" category, undeserving of recognition.

As Julie said, "while it is important to celebrate these kids, there are lots of kids worth celebrating." Thank you for your post Julie. I wholeheartedly agree.


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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2015 at 10:18 pm

Nosy Neighbor _ I think the other here have been far to polite. For you to get angry and talk about all the time it takes to prepare for college is absolutely ridiculous. Like athletes have some problem with going college. I'm sorry if your student needs a tutor in college, I really am. I wish they could have learned something along the way, but they were probably too busy being the best possible lacrosse player they could be; which I'm sure will serve them well at the National Car Rental service desk.


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