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29 Paly athletes to commit to schools during National Signing Day event

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Twenty-nine Palo Alto High School seniors will confirm their intent to compete at the collegiate level during the national signing day event during lunch on Wednesday in the Peery Family Center.

Senior pitcher Jeremy Akioka, who will be signing with Swarthmore College to play baseball, said he is excited to be recognized for all the hard work he has put into his athletic career.

“Signing Day will be an awesome opportunity to be surrounded by friends, family, teammates and coaches while being recognized for our athletic achievements,” Akioka said. “I’m really excited for Wednesday.”

According to event coordinator Melissa Akioka, the athletes signing Wednesday include:

  • Jake Varner (Azusa Pacific University), Jeremy Akioka (Swarthmore College), Jonathan Gottlieb (Grinnell College), Max Jung-Goldberg (University of San Diego) and Spencer Rojahn (Rochester University) for baseball
  • Carly Leong (Pitzer College) Basketball and Jared Wulbrun (Cal Lutheran) for basketball
  • Alix Barry (Princeton University), Jaiveer Sandhu (Tufts University), Liam Gibbs (Marist College) and Mariana Buxton (Boston University) for crew
  • Alice Saparov (University of Chicago) for diving
  • Jerry Wu (University of Pennsylvania) for fencing
  • Paul Jackson III (Amherst College) for football
  • Ahmed Ali (University of California, Los Angeles), Sergi Mata (University of California, San Diego) and Stephanie Yu (Pomona College) for golf
  • Ally Scheve (Swarthmore College), Bella Bonomi (Occidental College) and Emily Tomz (Pomona College) for soccer
  • Claire Lin (Columbia University), Peyton Wang (Wellesley College) and Zoe Lusk (Duke University) for swimming
  • Reed Foster (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Sam Craig (University of Chicago) for track
  • Chelsea Fan (Carnegie Mellon University), Isabella Marcus (Middlebury College), Julianna Roth (Grinnell College) and Susanna Limb (University of California, San Diego) for volleyball

Senior Susanna Limb, a libero for the Paly girls’ volleyball team, said she has dreamed of this day for most of her athletic career.

“Every year I have gone to signing day to support my friends and teammates and each year I became more and more motivated to be in that position by my senior year,” Limb said. “I’m also excited for signing day because I get to see where everyone is going to play. It’s like an official affirmation of all the hard work we have put in over the past few years.”

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