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Three Notre Dame Academy Eagles to Play College Sports

Notre Dame Academy recognizes our three senior athletes that committed to play their sport in college.

  • Leah Klockowski will play softball for Wheeling University
  • Caitlyn Kowalski will play softball for Bucknell University
  • Jennifer Ngo will play volleyball for Case Western Reserve University

All three of these seniors have made NDA very proud!  We appreciate their dedication to their NDA teams and we wish all of them the best with their futures!

 

Leah Klockowski

Miss Leah Klockowski signed to play softball for Wheeling University where she will major in nursing. 

Leah is most looking forward to making life-long friends while playing for Wheeling. However, she will miss the sense of community that her NDA teammates and coaches have shown her. “Coach Sam taught me that no matter what role you play for a team on and off the field it means something!” she said. A highlight of her school career includes hitting a grand slam against Whitmer!

Leah states that she is drawn to the sport of softball because it is truly a team sport and requires good communication and team work. She wants to continue to compete collegiately because she believes it helps her to be a more driven and focused person off the field as well. 

Leah takes honors, AP, and International Baccalaureate courses at NDA.  She is also a member of NDA’s broomball team and Environmental Club.

Leah’s softball honors include:

  • Three-year varsity letter winner
  • Team MVP
  • Team Captain
  • TRAC Second Team
  • All-District Second Team
  • Three-time TRAC All-Academic

 

Caitlyn Kowalski

Miss Caitlyn Kowalski signed to play softball at Bucknell University. “Playing D1 college softball has been a goal of mine since I started playing the sport,” Caitlyn said. “I am truly excited to play with and for new players and coaches who bring a different set of skills to the game.”

“I am a huge fan of watching collegiate softball and am honored to be chosen to play on the same fields as the players that I have watched.” she said. “Playing for Bucknell University will also allow me to help my team win the Patriot League and make a showing at the Women’s College World Series!”

Caitlyn explained that she will definitely miss her NDA teammates and coaches that she worked with for the past four years.  “My coaches taught me how to be a good leader, and what qualities a leader should have,” she explained. “These lessons have helped me grow not only as a player, but as a person.”

When thinking about playing for NDA, Caitlyn said, “I will never forget my freshman year when I threw a perfect game during the District Semifinal against Ashland!”  Caitlyn  broke six school records in her time at NDA: most strikeouts in a season, most strikeouts in a career, most wins in a season, most wins in a career, most innings pitched in a season, and lowest career ERA.

“I love everything about the game of softball,” Caitlyn said. “I love to physically play, but I also love how much of the game is mental. You not only have to be strong physically, but you also have to be just as strong mentally.”

At NDA, Caitlyn is a NDA Ambassador, takes AP US History, and is an International Baccalaureate Business Certificate student.

Caitlyn’s softball honors include:

  •       Four-year varsity letter winner
  •       Three-time Team MVP
  •       Team Captain
  •       Two-time TRAC First Team
  •       Two-time TRAC Pitcher of the Year
  •       Three-time All-District Second Team
  •       Three-time TRAC All-Academic
  •       Holds Six NDA Softball Statistical Records

 

Jennifer Ngo

Miss Jennifer Ngo committed to play volleyball at Case Western Reserve University.  “When I received the opportunity to play another four years in collegiate competition it was an offer I couldn’t turn down,”  Jennifer explained. “I am not ready to let go of playing the sport I love and would like to keep it in my life for as long as I can.”

Jennifer will miss her teammates and coaches, but is looking forward to playing at the next level along with the opportunity to travel around the nation to play at other colleges and universities.

When she talks about her sport she stated, “I like the excitement and the thrill of my sport and how every single point is different.”  Winning the District Championship this past season is a highlight she will never forget.

Jennifer said: “My coaches taught me that the principles of volleyball also relate back to life challenges. To be successful you have to lose and fail, but it’s how you react to those losses and failures and how you make the appropriate changes in order to persevere that is the lesson.”

Jennier plans on studying Psychology (Pre-med) at Case Western Reserve University.  As a student at NDA, she takes honors pre-calculus, anatomy, physics, Spanish, and fitness and nutrition. She also takes AP Psychology, AP American Government, AP Chemistry, and AP Literature. Miss Ngo is the president of the senior class student council, president of the Asian Club, a member of Spanish Club, and a student ambassador.

Jennifer’s volleyball honors include:

  •       Two-year varsity letter winner
  •       Team Coaches’ Award
  •       Team Captain
  •       CYO Award
  •       Two-time TRAC All Academic
  •       TRAC First Team
  •       District First Team
  •      All-Ohio Honorable Mention

Go Eagles!