Three Foran High Lions to compete in college

The Milford Public School district is pleased to announce three students at Joseph A. Foran High School have signed National Letters of Intent to continue athletic play in college.

Hannah DeSousa, Amanda Mendillo and Jack Ardrey attended a special signing event at Foran this week, among a large contingent of invited family and friends.

Foran’s Athletic Director Anthony Vitelli said, “I have known all three of these student-athletes since they entered Foran in ninth grade. I have watched them work hard with every passing season — and I’ve watched them get better and better every year. I am very proud of them and wish them much success in the future.”

Hannah DeSousa

DeSousa, daughter of Dan and Marybeth DeSousa of Milford, signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston. URI is a member of the NCAA Div. I,  Northeast Region/Atlantic 10 Conference. DeSousa will serve as an infield/utility player for the Rams, beginning with their 2017-18 season.

She got her start in softball by playing with the Milford International Little League (MILL) program, as well as the Babe Ruth League as an infielder. She later played with the Connecticut Charmers travel team under the guidance of coach Neil Swanchak. At Foran, she played for former head coach Jeff Bevino and current head coach Stephanie Dawid.

DeSousa plans to major in Political Science at URI, hoping to work someday in small government.

“It’s so nice to see that all the hard work and dedication pays off in the end,” DeSousa said. “I can’t wait to get started and I’m looking forward to my education at URI.”

Amanda Mendillo

Daughter of Donald and Michele Mendillo of Milford, Mendillo signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. SNHU is a member of the NCAA Div. II, East Region/Northeast-10 Conference. She will join the Penmen as both a utility infielder and outfielder to start in the 2017-18 season. Much of her experience thus far has been in the positions of shortstop, center field, and second base.

Mendillo gained experience in the travel team arena as a player on the Connecticut Seahawks, under the direction of coach Paul Crisci. At Foran, she played for former head coach Jeff Bevino and current head coach Stephanie Dawid.

Mendillo plans to pursue a degree in Elementary Education at SNHU, hoping to become a teacher.

“Never give up!” she commented, when asked about the journey so far. “It is truly wonderful to know that all the work you put in ends up paying off down the road.”

Jack Ardrey

Jack Ardrey, son of Doug and Jennifer Ardrey of Milford, signed a National Letter of Intent to run cross country at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.  SNHU is a member of the NCAA Div. II, East Region/Northeast-10 Conference. Ardrey’s expertise is in long-distance running and he will compete for SNHU beginning with the 2017-18 season.

Ardrey has participated in dozens of local 5K races, as well as the Foran cross country and track teams, under the guidance of coach Dick Jeynes.

Ardrey plans to pursue a degree in Marketing at SNHU. He hopes someday to work in the field of Sales/Marketing.

“It feels great to have accomplished this at this point in my life,” Ardrey said. “It’s really good to see that all that time spent running and learning about my sport has paid off in this way. I can’t wait to get started at SNHU.”