Six Woodgrove Athletes Sign College Commitment Letters


Written by Casey Abashian, Matt Gusmerotti, and Ryan Keebaugh

Six student athletes recently signed letters of intent to further their careers to the collegiate level.  Carolyn Cain, Emily Haak, Puneet Kaur, Jenna Dunn, Ryan Miles, and Grant Ammann have all been officially welcomed in to their respective schools for education and athletics.

Three of the six committed athletes; Kaur, Ryan, and Haak, are heading to George Mason University. For Miles, it was important to find a college where he would feel welcome as a student athlete, and he found that at GMU.   He said, “The coaching staff really made me feel welcome even though I was not a student yet, and the university geographically makes sense so my parents can come watch me regularly.”

Varsity Volleyball player Emily Haak will also head to GMU, and she credits her parents for much of her success.  “I owe my entire athletic career to my parents. Over the years they’ve invested so much time, energy, and money into helping me reach my dreams.  No matter what, they’ve always loved, believed in and supported me, even when I felt like quitting.  I wouldn’t be where I am today without them, said Haak.”

Haak chose George Mason because she thinks the campus will offer her a chance at independence and also because she hopes to major of either psychology or political science.  She said, “The members of their volleyball program have already become my second family.”

Woodgrove Outlander Sports Editor, Puneet Kaur, is also on her way to George Mason next year as a member of the Track and Field team.  Not only is Kaur attending for the athletics, but she also intends to get an excellent education in IT (Information Technology).

“They have one of the best IT programs in the country at GMU.  I also really liked the coaches and teammates that I have met, she said.”

Cain, Ammann, and Dunn chose to go a different route than GMU.  Cain has committed to play volleyball at the University of North Florida. She also credits her parents for providing her great support.  Cain’s parents drove her to Florida to play in a beach volleyball showcase where she could show off her talents to many college coaches.  One of the coaches, Steve Loeswick of the University of North Florida, initiated contact with Cain to continue playing volleyball for UNF, and the rest is history.

Unlike some of Woodgrove’s athletes who committed in their senior year, lacrosse player Grant Ammann verbally committed to High Point University in North Carolina as a sophomore.

Grant’s early commitment was due to a strong work ethic at a young age and to great coaching.  “I actually credit much of my success to my 7th and 8th grade coaches from the Virginia Lacrosse Club,” said Ammann.

Standing at 6’3” and 230 pounds, Grant offers an imposing presence as a defenseman on the Wolverine Lacrosse team.

Woodgrove’s softball team is known as a power house within the state. As part of the program, Jenna Dunn already has two state championship appearances and one title under her belt.  Earlier this school year, Dunn committed to Longwood University to continue her academic and athletic careers.

Dunn chose Longwood mostly because of the small school atmosphere.  “I am from a small town, so I wanted a small school.”  Similar to Ammann, she also credits a good amount of her success to her travel team, the Loudoun Storm.