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Five Seniors Commit to Play Athletics at College Level on Signing Day

In honor of Signing Day on April 15, the Seven Hills School Athletic Department is proud to announce that five senior student athletes signed their letter of intent to compete at the collegiate level in the 2020-21 school year.

“We are thankful for our student athletes’ contributions to the school as Stingers. They’re leaders in their sport and in the classroom, and role models in excellent sportsmanship. We wish them all the best as they head into college and beyond” said Seven Hills Athletic Director Scott Willard. “These accomplishments result from countless hours of training, impactful coaches and mentors, fantastic teammates, and tremendous support from their families and friends.”

Avani Seshiah, has committed to play volleyball at Carnegie Mellon University. Seshiah holds the school record in career kills at 1,219 and career blocks at 222. She earned First Team All-District honors from 2017-2019 and was named the Miami Valley Conference Most Valuable Player in 2018. Coach Michelle Cowherd said, “As a four-year, varsity starter, it has been inspiring to watch Avani grow as a student athlete and as an individual. She is humble, kind, and always keeps things positive. Avani has helped raise the level of play here at Seven Hills and it has been a pleasure to be a part of her journey. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her!”

Annika Alper has committed to play tennis at Dickinson College. This past season, Alper earned First Team Miami Valley Conference honors, won Sectionals, and qualified for Districts. Coach Tim Drew said, “Annika showed tremendous improvement through her four years on varsity, moving from second doubles as a freshman all the way up to first singles her senior year. Her hard work, determination, and attitude will truly continue to pay dividends at the college level.”

Jocelyn Spanbauer has committed to swim at Tufts University. Spanbauer holds three school records, and earned All Ohio and First Team Miami Valley Conference recognition for three consecutive years. Coach Brandon Williams said, “Jocelyn has always been a leader on the team during her entire high school experience. The team could always count on her to be a strong member of any relay and a contender in her individual races.”

Linley Dawson has committed to play lacrosse at Transylvania University. Linley earned Second Team Miami Valley Conference honors this past season. Coach Abbey Sir Louis said, “Linley is one of the most versatile players on the team; she can play all over the field. Her dedication and determination never waivers. Linley will go wherever the team needs her and always gives it one hundred percent every time. Linley will be a big asset to the Transylvania LAX team and I look forward to seeing what she accomplishes at the next level.”