L-W East honors student athletes in winter signing ceremony
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Five Lincoln-Way East High School student athletes committed to compete at the collegiate level during the winter college signing day ceremony held Wednesday, February 4, 2015 in the Griffins Lair at Lincoln-Way East High School, Frankfort.

The East Athletic Department hosted the signing event when the five student athletes participated in the National Letter of Intent ceremony. The student athletes are: Erin Bullington, Emma Bruder, Annie Gerdes, Paul Gossage and Max Marietti.

These five student-athletes represented Lincoln-Way East well over the last four years. We truly expect them to excel in college both academically and athletically, as well as continuing to represent the Griffins in all that they do, stated Athletic Director Mark Vander Kooi.

Erin Bullington will play golf at Saint Ambrose.

Erin has played an integral role in the success of the Lincoln-Way East Girls Golf program, said Coach Mary McGivern. She is dependable, dedicated and the best student athlete and teammate a coach could ask for.

Emma Bruder will play volleyball at Lakeland College.

Emma has high honors in the classroom, but her greatest passion is on the volleyball court, said Coach Linda Vivona. I am sure that she will bring a high level of energy and intensity to the Lakeland College Volleyball team.

Annie Gerdes will play basketball at Knox College.

Annie has been a true student athlete at Lincoln-Way East, said Coach Jim Martin. Her involvement in athletics and many other extracurricular activities shows her passion for her school. Her drive will help her with her college experience.

Paul Gossage will play football at Eastern Illinois University.

Paul will go down as one of the best receivers to play here at East, said Assistant Coach Joel Pallissard. He was a very athletic with tremendous hands and an uncanny ability to get himself open.

Max Marietti will play football at the University of Illinois.

Max was one of our most consistent lineman this year, said Coach Rob Zvonar. He played his best games against some of our toughest opponents. There is no doubt Max has a lot of great football in front of him at the University of Illinois.