Three Worcester Academy seniors have received full scholarships to attend universities with NCAA Division 1 athletic programs next fall.

The seniors - standout athletes in baseball, basketball, and lacrosse - recently signed letters of intent formalizing commitments to their chosen college programs.

The Worcester Academy students are:

* Luke Ryder of Worcester, a midfielder and captain of the Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team, who will attend the University of Delaware.

* Jaclyn Renner of Newton, a point guard on the Girls Varsity Basketball Team, who will attend the University of Vermont.

* Brandon Sinnery of Franklin, a pitcher for the Varsity Baseball Team, who will attend the University of Michigan.

Ed Reilly, director of athletics for Worcester Academy, said that each of the students is a source of pride for Worcester Academy, having achieved excellence on and off the field.

"Each of them represents the best of what it means to be a Worcester Academy student-athlete," Mr. Reilly said.  "They are strong academically, and understand the balance between team spirit and personal achievement, which is so important to succeeding in life."

"I wish them well," Mr. Reilly said.


Jaclyn Renner of Newton will attend the University of Vermont.  She is the returning point guard from last year's Worcester Academy Girls Varsity Basketball Team, which was a 16-6, #4 seed in Class A NEPSAC (New England Preparatory School Athletic Council). Jaclyn led the team in assists including multiple games with 10 or more.

"I am thrilled for Jaclyn to have found the academic and athletic balance in Vermont," said Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Sherry Levin.  "She is a bright young lady and a terrific leader.  I look forward to watching her continued growth and to her leadership of our 2007-08 team."


Luke Ryder of Worcester will attend the University of Delaware. A three-year starting midfielder and captain of WA's Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team, he is a NEPSAC All American and winner of the Worcester Academy Ned Harkness '39 Award. He is a team MVP. His 2007 season included 46 Goals / 24 Assists, and 35 Groundballs.

"Luke Ryder has played a significant part in the development of the Worcester Academy lacrosse program," said Boys Varsity Lacrosse Coach Michael Mallett. "On the field, he is fiercely competitive and he contributes to the team's success by his physical play and his skilled offensive stick work.

"Luke’s outstanding work ethic and competitive spirit inspire his teammates and his competitors alike," said Coach Mallett.


Brandon Sinnery of Franklin will attend the University of Michigan.  A right handed pitcher for Worcester Academy (42K's, 7BB's, 0.88ERA, 5-1 record with 2 saves, 30 2/3 IP, 12hits), he was selected to the 1st Team All League-Central New England Prep School League.

"What sets Brandon apart from others who have talent is his determination, focus, and the ability to perform under pressure," said Peter Kostacopoulos, his 2007 Varsity Baseball coach.  "These are the qualities that define success and give some athletes a competitive edge.  I am sure that Brandon will continue to combine his baseball abilities with his personal qualities to ensure himself continued success in the future."
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