Queensbury High School Honors Student Athletes

Four students from Queensbury High School were honored during a Commitment Day signing ceremony Friday, November 18th, in a ceremony held at Queensbury High School.

The landscape has changed for high school students who are looking to move on and participate in college sports; this is due to the new NCAA transfer rules that will be in effect for the first time in the 2022-2023 season.  The transfer portal now allows colleges and universities to recruit student athletes who have entered the portal from other institutions without penalty. This means that all athletes that are transferring will be guaranteed financial aid through completion of their eligibility, or completion of their undergraduate degree.  

This policy has increased the number of students transferring from and to college level programs, which has consequently reduced the number of Division I and Division II roster openings available to high school students; the NCAA’s streamlined portal process – which gives coaches and programs more options when building teams and filling rooster spots – lowers the number of available roster spots and opportunities for athletes coming out of high school.

Due to this change, Queensbury High School now recognizes all Division I, II, and III students who commit to playing a sport at the next level. Signing Day recognizes the hard work and commitment that these student athletes have shown.  

For Queensbury High School, the Students honored included: 

  •  Blake Latham, who will attend American International College to play lacrosse and study economics.
  •  Madeline Anderson, who will attend Holy Cross, to join the crew team and study business.
  •  Aliza Demattos, who will attend Bentley University to play lacrosse, and study economics & finance. 
  • Adrian Caron, who will attend Amherst College to play baseball and study political science. 

The Superintendent noted how stressful the recruitment process can be on the student athletes and their families, and the athletes thanked their families, teammates and coaches for helping them excel.

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