Meriden students from the Class of 2022 have accepted offers to study at renowned American universities, allowing them to pursue their passion in the highly competitive world of collegiate tennis.
Piper Freeman has secured a place at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Indiya McLeod will be attending the University of the Pacific in Stockton, and Sarah Mazaraki has secured a place at Midwestern State University in Texas.
The star tennis players will relocate to the USA later this year to commence their studies and join their respective tennis teams.
Piper will be working towards her undergraduate degree at the College of Business Administration and is looking forward to all the new experiences that will come with living and studying in a new country.
“My study is very important to me. I am excited to have the opportunity to still pursue my sport at a high level while studying and obtaining a degree in an industry that I am passionate about,” said Piper.
Indiya has been awarded a scholarship to the University of the Pacific and will join the Pacific Women’s Tennis Team (the Pacific Tigers).
Piper, Indiya and Sarah were members of Meriden’s Olympus Futures Program which assists emerging athletes who dream of pursuing sport at an elite level to attain scholarship positions at some of the leading universities in the world.
Mr Ryan Richards, Meriden’s Olympus Coordinator, is an advisor to the United States Consulate and Embassy as part of their Education USA program. His relationships with Ivy League Schools and familiarity with the scholarship application process ensures he is able to assist Meriden girls in pursuing their sporting dreams on an international stage.
The Olympus Futures Program began as a branch of Meriden’s student-athlete program, which assists young sportswomen to fit intensive training around their academic study.
“The program enabled me to keep a high academic standard while providing flexibility to travel for my sport, which was especially beneficial in my senior years. Mr Richards helped me navigate all stages of the college application process. I’m very thankful to have been part of the program,” said Piper.
At Meriden, the girls represented their School at several national tournaments. Their dedication to training, drive to succeed and personable natures ensured they were valued leaders within Meriden’s Tennis squad.
Congratulations Piper, Indiya and Sarah. The Meriden community wishes you the very best as you begin this exciting next chapter in the USA.