HS students sign National Letter of Intent to play collegiate sports

on December 18, 2018

Six Monroe-Woodbury High School varsity athletes signed National Letters of Intent during a recent ceremony at Monroe-Woodbury High School with friends, family and members of the Monroe-Woodbury administration and staff in attendance.

“It’s awesome to see our student athletes achieving their dreams,” said Lori Hock, director of physical education, athletics and intramurals. “Our goal at Monroe-Woodbury is to create opportunities for our students to work hard, in and out of the classroom, and strive to be the best they can be. We are so proud of these students and look forward to watching them attain great success at the next level.”

The following students have signed a National Letter of Intent:

  • Melissa Alifano, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY
  • Ashley Ayala, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
  • Madison Mary McGee, South Georgia State College, Douglas, GA
  • Jessica Pidgeon, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • Mackenzie Tuttle, Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY
  • Marco Vespa, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
Melissa Alifano signs National Letter of Intent to play collegiate sports.

Melissa Alifano is heading to St. Thomas Aquinas College.

Alifano will be attending St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY, where she will be playing basketball. She plans on studying biology. Alifano was a four-year member of the M-W varsity basketball team and served as Captain during her junior and senior years. She also was a Basketball Coaches Association of New York player for three years. While at Monroe-Woodbury, Alifano was coached by Patrick Harris and Lauren Alberti.

“Thanks to my parents and sisters for all their support and love throughout the many years of traveling and practices. Thanks to Coach Harris for training me any and all times I’ve needed it; Coach Nick for taking me in this year and treating me like family; and all my amazing teammates for pushing me to be the best I can be,” said Alifano.

Ashley Ayala signs National Letter of Intent to play collegiate sports.

Ashley Ayala will be attending Sacred Heart University.

Ashley Ayala will be swimming at the collegiate level for Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, where she will be studying nursing. During her high school career, Ayala was OCIAA Champion in 100 fly and 200 individual medley and a State Qualifier in the 100 fly, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay. She was Team Captain for two years and was coached by Justin Wright. She thanks her mom, grandparents and  coaches.

Madison Mary McGee signs National Letter of Intent to play collegiate sports.

Madison Mary McGee will play softball for Georgia State College.

Madison Mary McGee will be playing collegiate softball for Georgia State College, Douglas, GA. McGee is undecided about her major. While at Monroe-Woodbury, she was coached by Penny Roberts. She has served as Team Captain for two years, was named a scholar athlete for two years, and is a four-year Section Champ runner up.

“I want to thank my whole family for supporting me, and all of the coaches I’ve ever had, especially my dad for helping me grow and reach my goals,” said McGee.

Jessica Pidgeon signs National Letter of Intent to play collegiate sports.

Jessica Pidgeon will be running for the University of Delaware.

Jessica Pidgeon will be running for the University of Delaware, Newark, DE. She will be an education major. Highlights of Pidgeon’s high school track and field/cross country career include: Cross Country Individual County Champion (junior); Individual Section Champion in the 800m (sophomore) and the 3000m (junior); Cross Country and Indoor Track MVP (junior); Competed in New Balance Nationals Indoor and Outdoor Track (sophomore, junior); Competed in NYS Championships for Cross Country (sophomore, junior, senior) and Indoor Track (junior); Team – 3x County, 4x Section Cross Country Champions; and Team – 3x County and Section Indoor and Outdoor Track Champions.

While at Monroe-Woodbury, Pidgeon was coached by Chris Goodwin, William Mpasiakos and Ashley Vero.

“I would like to thank my family, coaches and teammates for always believing in me and pushing me to do my best. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their endless support and guidance,” said Pidgeon.

Mackenzie Tuttle signs National Letter of Intent to play collegiate sports.

Mackenzie Tuttle is heading to Manhattan College.

Mackenzie Tuttle will be swimming for Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY. She plans to study psychology. At Monroe-Woodbury, Tuttle was a multiple Section 9 Champion; 5x New York State qualifier; and a multiple school record holder. Tuttle’s high school coaches include Justin Wright, Liz Gove and Pat Capriglione.

Tuttle thanks her mom, the rest of her family and her coaches.


Marco Vespa signs National Letter of Intent to play collegiate sports.

Marco Vespa will be wrestling for Pennsylvania State University.

Marco Vespa will be wrestling for Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. He plans to study kinesiology. During his time at Monroe-Woodbury, Vespa placed 3rd in New York State (2018); 4th in New York State (2017); was 3x Section 9 champion; was named Most Outstanding Wrestler in Section 9 (2018); and had 169 career wins heading into his senior year. Vespa’s M-W coaches are John Gartiser and David Colabella.

“Big thanks to Coach Gartiser, Coach Colabella, my family, and especially my mom,” said Vespa.