June is graduation month for many of our young Friends Of Capitol Rehab. I have a soft spot, and am especially proud of these graduating athletes as they head off to college to finally realize their dreams of being college athletes.
As the parent of two young athletes, I am all too familiar with the sacrifices these young people and their families have made over the years. Consider this: One or both of my children have been out of town each of the last three weekends with sports commitments, and will also be out of town each of the next three weekends. This is just an example of the schedule sports parents end up keeping for their young athletes.
This is a particularly exciting year as we recognize three basketball players and seven track athletes heading to college!
Congratulation to everyone! We look forward to following your college careers and beyond!
DJ Harvey: DJ completes his high school career at DeMatha High School as a two-time Washington Post All-Met performer. He has committed to play at Notre Dame this upcoming season.
Eddie Scott: Eddie Graduates from Gonzaga High School as a member of the Washington Post All-Met Team. He will begin his studies at The University of Pennsylvania in the fall.
Chris Lykes: Chris ends his storied career at Gonzaga High School, where he was the 2016-2017 Washington Post All Met Player of the Year and the Gatorade Player of the Year. Chris will play for the University of Miami.
Lauren (Rain) Williams: Lauren graduates from Oaks Christian High School as one of the most decorated US High School Track Athletes in history. She is the #3 ranked youth all time in the 100m and 200m, behind Marion Jones and Alyson Felix, and is the owner of 22 National Titles. She will continue her career at The University of Oregon.
The now famous, Bullis School graduates six dynamic young athletes who will take their talents to a variety of colleges and universities.
Gabby Johnson, seated, is an eight-time All-American in multiple track and field events, including the 55m, 60m, 100m and 200m. She will be attending The University of Dayton in the fall with her sister.
Malana Johnson, standing, is a repeat All-American competing in the 200m, 300m, and 400m. She has an interest in pre-law and will be attending The University of Dayton with her sister Gabby.
Alexis Postell has been ranked No. 1 in Maryland in the 55m hurdles, No. 1 the 60m hurdles and No. 2 in the U.S. in the 4x100m relay. She will continue her athletic pursuits at North Carolina State in the fall.
Bri Pyles is one of the most talented multi-sport athletes in the country, competing in everything from the hurdles, the shot put, the pole vault, and the long jump. She will be attending Wake Forest University in the fall.
Lindsay Lewis completes her high school career excelling in both the long jump and multiple hurdle events. Her athletic accomplishments combined with her success in the classroom has landed her an appointment to the Naval Academy, where she will begin this fall.
Brendan Cogdell was a 2-sport varsity athlete competing in both baseball and track. As a baseball player, he had a career batting average of .429. He was heavily recruited for both, but has decided to attend Holy Cross University where he will continue as a track and field athlete.
Well done! Congratulations, everyone!