Four student-athletes from the Saint Mary’s College Preparatory High School Class of 2023 announced their college destinations on Thursday, Nov. 10, during a ceremony held at the school. Three members of the reigning New York State AA Girls basketball championship team—the Lady Gaels, held center court in their home gymnasium, Immaculata Hall. Another rising star from the school’s athletic program brought a varsity baseball team member to the dais for the ceremony.
Fr. Robert Romeo opened the festivities with a prayer and welcomed all to the spirited event. With their parents, extended family members, friends, coaches, teammates, and school administrators present for the celebration, the athletes addressed the guests. They spoke about their achievement, thanked God for the gift of their talents, and equally recognized the school and all who helped them reach this exciting moment. Each announced where they would pursue post-secondary degrees while playing NCAA Division I collegiate sports next year. With their parents’ blessings, they signed their National Letters of Intent.
In his remarks, Athletic Director Patrick Welsh shared his gratitude, stating, “I am pleased to do this today and thank our pastor, Father Bob, for the opportunity to hold this ceremony marking this special occasion.”
He continued by asking the students to “remember this very first signing and the Catholic values you learned here at St. Mary’s. Take these values with you and remember them always for the future.”
Congratulations to the following athletes on their success:
• Taryn Barbot (Floral Park), College of Charleston for basketball
• Taylor Barbot (Floral Park), College of Charleston for basketball
• Tara Murray (Deer Park), Merrimack College for basketball
• Jesiah Carpenter (Brooklyn), University of Maryland, Baltimore County for baseball
“We look forward to witnessing their upcoming seasons with the Gaels and following them well into their futures,” read a statement from the school.
—Submitted by the St. Mary’s Office of Communications