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The Jetstream Journal

Air Academy High School's Student News Publication

The Jetstream Journal

Air Academy High School's Student News Publication

The Jetstream Journal

Air Academy Athletes Ready to Shine in College Athletics

AAHS athletes are ready to represent the Kadets in collegiate athletics.
AAHS athletes signing their national letter of intents. Pictured are (right)Bronnor Cole, Frank Flores Jr, John Graybeal, Sean Kramer, Tyler Morales, Noah Hellem, Max Howery, Greg Harvey, Carter Inazu, Dominic Jennings, Ryan Ellsworth, Aliya Vidro, Caitlin Kramer, Steaphanie Smith, Madison Chidester, Lily Larson, Keely Lueckeman, Bethany Mihalak, and Maranda Rodgers. (left)

Air Academy High School has very skilled athletic programs and this was on display for athletic signing day. A total of 19 athletes participated in athletic signing day representing multiple sports from basketball, cross country, baseball and many other sports. 

“I was excited to be able to celebrate signing day with my teammates, it meant a lot considering I have played with them for all of high school,” senior Frank Florres Junior stated.

Baseball was represented by Bronner Cole, Frank Flores Jr, John Graybeal, Sean Kramer, and Tyler Morales. All of them will be attending either division two or junior colleges next year to continue their athletic career. Baseball had the most athletic signees out of any other sport at signing day.

A sport that also had multiple signees was boys and girls lacrosse. The boys lacrosse signees were Carter Inazu, Dominic Jennings, and Greg Harvey. All three will be attending division two schools. The only girls lacrosse player was Maddie Chidster who signed to Missouri Western University which is a division two program in St.Joseph Missouri. 

The third and final sports program that had multiple signees was track and field. The two signees were Keely Lueckeman and Mara Rodgers. Keely will be going to Colorado College and Mara will be going to (MSU) Metro State University in Denver for hurdling. 

“Signing to CSU-Pueblo means a lot to me because I will be able to play with my older brother again,” senior Max Howery expressed.

Howery’s older brother Sam is currently the point guard for the Thunderwolves. Before coming to Air Academy high school, Max played with his brother for one year at St. Mary’s high school. Where his older brother was playing was a pivotal point in Howery’s recruiting process.

Howery will be attending CSU-Pueblo for basketball, he is one of three basketball players who signed. Noah Hellem will be attending Fort Lewis college in Durango. Both of the colleges that Howery and Hellem are attending are division two schools that are in the RMAC.

“I am excited that I was able to find a division one program that has a coach that will allow me to become a better player and person,” senior Caitlin Kramer exclaimed.

Kramer will be attending the University of Colorado State for women’s basketball.She has been committed to CSU’s girls program since her official visit back in July. Kramer is one of three Kadets that signed a national letter of intent to participate for a division one athletic program. 

One of the other athletes that is signing to a division one program is Bethany Michalak who will be signing to NC State for cross country, NC State has one of the top cross country programs in the nation. The last athlete that is signing to go division one program is Lily Larson who will be attending the Air Force Academy for swimming.

The 19th athletes that were signing are a reflection of the athletic programs that are at AAHS. The 4 years and hard work that they dedicated to themselves will help them at the collegiate level next fall.



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Ely Ferrara
Ely Ferrara, Reporter
My name is Ely Ferrara and, I am senior.  I first got into journalism when I was 8 because of my Uncle Mike. He is a freelance writing in Oklahoma and covers every kind of sports from high school up to professional sports. I found interest in this because I am a huge sports fan, and I loved that he was able to express how he felt about sports related topics.  My favorite sport to play is basketball which I have been playing since I was 5 years old. My favorite sport to watch is football and has been my entire life. After I graduate, I will hopefully be attending the University of Oklahoma and major in journalism. Going to OU has been a dream of mine ever since I was 5 years old.

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