During a special assembly on Monday, April 24, seven Class of 2017 athletes were recognized for committing to play a sport next year in college. This is the second recognition of students in the Class of 2017 with a total of 11 athletes committing to play college-level sports.
Lizanne Passaro ’17 will be continuing her swimming career at Mount St. Mary’s University. Lizanne loves the water and loves swimming, especially when she gets to teach young children how to swim. She is a lifeguard during the summers and takes her job seriously. She has translated her love of swimming to her favorite day of the year, the Race for the Cure, a three-mile open water swim whose proceeds go to research at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Cancer Center. When she's not in the water, she's been a pivotal member of Campus Ministry.
Dorothy “Dori” Mesmer ’17 will complete for Virginia Tech's DI tennis team. She has been a member of the varsity tennis team here at Holy Cross and has been the captain for the last two years, elected by her peers. Voted by her coach as the MVP over two different seasons, Dori is dominant on the court. Off the court, Dori is a member of the Young Conservatives club and she has also been a leader in the Tartan Spirit and Booster club, and she puts her tennis skills to good use as an instructor for the Special Olympics.
Next year, Amy Mortensen ’17 will be competing for the varsity soccer team at Rollins College. Amy has been a standout player on the Holy Cross soccer team, has played for several travel teams and has competed internationally. While soccer is her true love, she also participates as a student ambassador, coaches younger children, and is a beloved camp counselor.
Jessica Falcinelli ’17 will be continuing her volleyball career at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she will be studying aeronautical science, (as well as possibly double majoring or minoring in astronomy, or minoring in meteorology). This 2016 recipient of “The Coach Sheahan Excellence Award” and All-WCAC Volleyball Honorable Mention recipient has earned accolades here for her leadership on the Volleyball and Ice Hockey teams, her involvement in a vast array of extracurricular activities, her deep dedication to her Catholic faith and her commitment to her family, and her strong academic record.
Gianna Carmona ’17 has been a standout on our varsity volleyball team here at Holy Cross and she will take her talents with her next year to Frostburg State University. For four years, Gianna has been part of our WCAC league championship volleyball team and as a senior, earned herself WCAC Honorable Mention recognition. She was named MVP by her coaches in Freshman year in both basketball and volleyball. When she's not competing on our court, Gianna can be found playing for her club team or as an integral member of the Onyx Club.
Emma Falkenstein ’17 will continue her rowing career at the Hobart & William Smith Colleges where she will also major in International Relations. At Holy Cross, Emma has been a competitive rower and swimmer, and she leads and encourages her teammates as captain of both teams. Emma is also a prized student ambassador, an advisory rep for Student Council and an active member of our Girl Up! organization.
Amber Onyekwere ’17 will be playing basketball next year for the Salisbury University Seagulls. As senior Captain of the Holy Cross team, Amber has led her teammates on and off the court. She received the Tartan Award in both Junior and Senior year from her team coaches. Also a lector at her church, a Student Ambassador, and a member of many other student organizations here, she's excited to take her talents to the next level.