Gilmour Academy hosted two NCAA Signing and Commitment ceremonies in the Athletic Center to honor the nine student-athletes making a pledge to continue their athletic careers beyond high school.
Megan Brzozowski '19, of Highland Heights, signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Division I Fordham University. She is a four-year member of the varsity volleyball team, where she has earned countless honors. Her team earned the 2015 Division III state title and that year, Brzozowski was named to The Frosh 59, a national list compiled by Prepvolleyball.com of the most outstanding high school freshmen for the 2015 fall season. She earned Honorable Mention Player of the Year from the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2015, was named a 2015 cleveland.com Cleveland Area All-Star, made the 2015 OVR High Performance Team in Des Moines, Iowa, and attended the USA Olympic Prospect Training Camp in Colorado Springs. In 2016, Brzozowski was named to the Division III All-District Team and earned the Queen of Aces title. So far this year, she has earned Division II District MVP and First Team All-District honors. She has also been named to the Lancer Invitational All-Tournament Team for the past three years.
Brzozowski has earned highest honors academically all four years and has received the Head of School Award each year. She is a member of the National Honor Society, won the Scholastic Art Award in 2018 and the Chaplain Award in 2015. She is a member of Students for Seniors, Make a Difference Club, Tobit Ministry and LinkedUp. She regularly volunteers as a teacher’s helper at a local grade school, as a volleyball camp counselor at Gilmour and as a transport at Lake Health Hospital.
She intends to major in biology at Fordham and says, “Fordham felt like home the minute I stepped on campus for the first time.” She adds, “The programs and experiences Fordham has to offer were too irresistible to pass up.”
Annika Corcoran '19, of Painesville, signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent to play basketball at University of Detroit Mercy, where she plans to double major in criminal justice and intelligence analysis. She says she chose the school because she “absolutely loves the coaching staff” and “they have the major I want in a great city to start off in for criminal justice.”
While at Gilmour, Annika has been a member of the varsity basketball team since freshman year and by the time she graduates, will also have lettered twice in track and field. She has been a member of three successful basketball teams; the team as a Division III state finalist her freshman year, the Division III state champion her sophomore year, and the Division II state runner-up last year. In her first year on the track and field team as a junior, her 4x200 relay was the regional champion and placed third in the state. Her 4x100 relay was the regional runner-up and a state qualifier. The team was the Division III regional champion.
She has earned many individual recognitions as well. As a sophomore basketball player, she earned All-Ohio Honorable Mention, First Team All-District and was named a News-Herald All-Star. After her junior season, she was named a Division II All-American by the National Association of Private Schools, All-District First Team, News-Herald All-Star, All-Ohio Special Mention, and was selected for the Plain Dealer Top 50 Players list. She also became the state record holder for the most three-pointers made in a Division II state semifinal game. After her track season last year, she earned News-Herald All-Star and was named the long jump school record holder, the long jump district champion, and the North Coast League long jump champion.
Academically, Corcoran has earned honors or high honors since freshman year, has earned the Foreign Language Award twice, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Outside the classroom, she volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club in Cleveland Heights and with Gilmour’s Special Olympics basketball team.
Katie Engle '19, of Chagrin Falls, signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent to run both cross country and track & field at Division I University of Cincinnati. She has earned numerous accolades in and out of the classroom during her time at Gilmour.
As a four-year letter winner on the cross country team, Engle earned the Outstanding Runner Award in 2016 and the Lancer Award for team spirit and leadership in 2017. She is a three-time Academic All-Ohioan, a three-time All-Ohioan, a four-time state qualifier, was named to the News-Herald First Team twice and the Second Team once and so far this season, has been named the North Coast League MVP.
She has been a three-year varsity runner on the track and field team, where she is a two-time Academic All-Ohioan, a three-time All-Ohioan, a three-time state qualifier, the Indoor Track 1600 Division II/III girls state champion, a three-time team MVP, the school record holder in the 3200, the North Coast League MVP her junior year, News-Herald First Team her junior year and News-Herald Second Team her freshman and sophomore years.
Academically, she received the Harvard Book Award her junior year, the Math Award her freshman and sophomore years, the Physics Award her freshman year, the French Award her freshman and junior years, the Head of School Award all three years, was named an AP Scholar of Distinction (average of 3.5 GPA and a 3 or higher on all AP exams), and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Cum Laude Society.
She is a member of the Make a Difference Club, has completed Gilmour’s VECTOR program, is a member of the Women in STEM Club, is a Eucharistic Minister, is a peer tutor and an Admission Ambassador. She has participated in the school’s annual mission trip to Honduras, worked as a camp counselor at a camp for children with developmental disabilities and volunteers as a coach for the Special Olympics track team.
Engle plans to study engineering at the University of Cincinnati and said she chose it because she loved the campus, the team, the coaching staff and the facilities. She added, “The five-year co-op program there is fantastic.”
Ani FitzGerald '19, of Shaker Heights, pledged her commitment to attend Northeastern University to play ice hockey in the 2020-2021 school year. Next year, she will play for the Toronto Junior Arrows. FitzGerald has played on the girls prep hockey team for Gilmour since her eighth-grade year. She has also played two seasons of varsity lacrosse and one season of varsity tennis. As a sophomore, she earned Most Valuable Offensive player on her lacrosse team. She received the Head of School Award, given to students in the top 10 percent of their class, as a freshman. She is a member of the Friends in Need Club.
FitzGerald plans to major in psychology at Northeastern and says she chose the school because “I love the city of Boston and it was the best fit in terms of academics.”
Annie Greene '19, of Lyndhurst, signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Northern Kentucky University. She is undecided on her major, but said, “NKU presented opportunities unlike any other school I visited throughout my process.” She continued, “I am beyond excited to explore the resources provided at NKU and start my next four years as a Norse!”
Greene is a four-year letter winner in soccer, cross country and track & field as well as a one-year member of the varsity swim team. She has earned a host of honors athletically and academically. As a freshman, she was named to the News-Herald Cross Country Honor Roll and was a cross country state qualifier. Her sophomore year, she was a cross country Division III state qualifier, a track & field Division II state qualifier, was named to the All-Cleveland Second Team and the News-Herald All-Star Second Team for soccer, and was a member of the Division III soccer state champion team. In 2017, she earned News-Herald Honorable Mention for cross country, was a cross country state qualifier, was the Varsity Soccer Offensive MVP, and was named to the GSSCA First Team All-Greater Cleveland and the News-Herald First Team for soccer. The team finished as the district runner-up. Her senior season, despite injuries, so far, she has earned North Coast League First Team and GSSCA Second Team All-Greater Cleveland honors. The team finished as district runner-up.
For her work in the classroom, Greene earned the 2016 and 2017 Latin Excellence Awards, and she was inducted to the National Honor Society as a junior. She has served as a Student Council representative since sophomore year and is a member of the Ministry Team, Baking for Rainbows and Kick-It for Cancer. She tutors children at St. Adalbert’s and spent time volunteering at the Cleveland Book Bank.
Meadow Hynd '19, of Willowick,signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent to swim for Division II Barton College in Wilson, N.C. Hynd has a been a four-year member of the varsity swim team, where she qualified for states for the past three years individually and with her relay teams. She also played one year of varsity lacrosse. Hynd is a member of the Make A Difference Club and the animal rights club called CARE. She also volunteers at the food bank twice a month.
Hynd will double major in psychology and criminal justice at Barton, which she described as the “best place for me to finish my swimming and education.”
Celeste Koerwitz '19 signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent to swim for Division I University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she plans to double major in business and health science. She says she opted to go to UMBC because she instantly felt at home there and that it is “a place that support me while challenging me to improve athletically and academically,”
While at Gilmour, Koerwitz was a four-year letter winner on the swim team as well as a four-year state qualifier. She was a state finalist in both ninth and 10th grades. Koerwitz has earned academic honors all four years, received the swim team’s Coach’s Award as a freshman, and was a finalist in the Veale Venture entrepreneurship competition as a junior. She is a member of the Astronomy Club and the CARE Club and is the president of LinkedUp, an campus organization that aims to increase autism awareness as well as dollars for research. She is an active volunteer; this year, she traveled on a mission trip to Honduras, organized holiday LinkedUp events and voluteers at two area elementary schools.
John (Jack) Kosar '19, of Chagrin Falls, signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent to play football at Division I Brown University. He plans to study economics and entrepreneurship and said of his decision to attend Brown, “Academics played the largest factor in my college decision and Brown’s strong academic tradition and entrepreneurship program both impressed me.”
Kosar is a four-year member of the varsity football team and ran one year of varsity track & field. After his junior season, Kosar was named to the News-Herald First Team, First Team All-District and Second Team All-Ohio. So far this year, he has been named to the First Team All-District. He was one of the senior leaders on this year’s team, which won the North Coast League conference championship and finished at 11-1 after a triple-overtime loss in the second round of the playoffs.
Academically, Kosar has earned High Honors each year, was inducted into the National Honor Society as a junior, won the RIT Math Computation Medal and was named an AP Scholar with Distinction. He is a member of the Academic Challenge Team, the ESPN Club, the Chess Club, the SAAD Club, the Make a Difference Club and Students for Seniors. He also dedicated his senior football season to raising money for pediatric cancer research through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
Matt Sutton '19, of Gibsonia, Pa., will sign a NCAA National Letter of Intent to play hockey at Division I Brown University, where he plans to major in engineering. Sutton said he chose Brown because of the “combination of academics, alongside a great hockey program with a rich history.”
Sutton has been a two-year member of Gilmour’s prep hockey team and last year earned academic honors. He was recently named to the NHL’s Preliminary Central Scouting list and was featured in an article in an October 21 article in Ohio Hockey Digest. In his free time this past summer, he volunteered with a local hockey organization.