It’s a true student/athlete Top 10 at Kendall

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 4 June 2020 at 9:09 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall Valedictorian Katie Pearson, left, and Salutatorian Hailee Mitchell

Competing in high school athletics is often also reflected in a student’s academic success in the classroom and an outstanding example of that is this year’s Top 10 seniors at Kendall High.

All 10 of the Eagles academic leaders have also enjoyed successful athletic careers, most in multiple sports.

Valedictorian Katie Pearson and Salutatorian Hailee Mitchell, who have both been key members of the Lady Eagles very successful varsity soccer team, lead the academic standouts.

In fact, all four senior members of the girls soccer team, which won the state title in 2018 and reached the sectional finals last fall, are on the Top 10 as Lizzie Sutphen and Olivia Reed round out that quartet.

Pearson manned the key goal position while Sutphen and Reed were on defense and Mitchell led the team in goal scoring.

Pearson and Sutphen have also been multi year regulars on the Lady Eagles varsity basketball and softball teams.

Pearson will attend the University at Buffalo and major in Aerospace Engineering. Mitchell will attend the University at Rochester to pursue Psychology and Nursing degrees, Sutphen will be enrolled in the Physician Assistant program at Daeman College. Reed plans to attend college for Forensic Criminology.

Mason Kuhn was a multi year starter for the Eagles in soccer, basketball and baseball serving as team captain in each. He will be attending the University at Buffalo to major in Exercise Science to become a chiropractor.

Olivia Caldwell has been a multi year member of both the volleyball and softball teams and served as captain for both squads. She will attend Nazareth College majoring in Communication Science and Disorders to become a speech therapist.

Noah Rath was a multi year member of the soccer, basketball and baseball teams. He plans to attend Alfred State College for Business and Marketing.

Victoria Weed served as captain of the cross-country team for three years and was also a member of the softball team. She will attend The College at Brockport for a Secondary Education degree in English.

Tristyn Moyer was a member of the variety soccer team for two years and has competed in wrestling since eighth grade. He will attend the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry pursuing a degree in Landscape Architecture.

Jayden Pieniaszek was a multi year member of the soccer, wrestling and baseball teams. He plans to join the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and to continue working for Micro Instrument Corp. where he is currently employed.

For these 10 Eagle seniors their high school education has been a very successful combination of academics and athletics.